Duke International Association (IA) is pleased to formally endorse Trey Walk as Young Trustee. After hearing from all four outstanding candidates on February 4, IA believes that Trey’s diverse experience in the Duke and Durham community, his efforts to connect with people from different backgrounds and cultures, and his recognition of challenges that lie ahead of Duke enable him to best serve the role of a Young Trustee.

Trey has been dedicated to “listening and learning from other students, seeing Duke at its best and seeing where Duke gets it wrong.” He is a leader in People’s State of the University and has collaborated with other student activists on pressing social justice issues including healthcare coverage, and hate and bias policy. His capability of representing all voices of Duke and challenging the university to act on its highest instincts is further highlighted by his involvement in Black Men’s Union, President Price’s Working Group on Community and Dialogue, and the 1G Pre-Orientation Program for first-gen, low-income students. 

Studying history and human rights, Trey has also been engaged in the service of Durham community at large. He was on the Board of Directors at the Community Empowerment Fund, and he worked with the Marian Cheek Jackson Center to preserve historically African-American neighborhoods in Chapel Hill. Trey’s experience demonstrates that he is willing to better Duke for not only its students, staff, and faculty, but also the neighbors essential to its success.

IA appreciates all candidates for sharing with us their understanding of the challenges facing international students at Duke. IA is impressed with the skillsets, visions and values that all candidates bring forward, including Archana Ahlawat’s passion in empowering women through diversity and inclusion initiatives, Luke Farrell’s experience in administrative communication and advocacy projects, and Brian Buhr’s grasp of Duke’s power and responsibility on a national and global scale.

Sherry Huang, Co-President of International Association

Other participants of the endorsement process include Felicia Chen, Paulina Guerra, Shyam Pradheep, and Joyce Wang