The Muse chooses to endorse Archana Ahlawat because we believe she will be the strongest advocate for women during her term on the Board of Trustees. We believe her commitment to women’s representation in all spaces will make Duke’s campus a safer and more equitable place for all women who attend Duke.
We believe that women’s voices matter and should be an important part of the stewardship of this university. Archana will be the best representative of the values this organization holds dear: equality, opportunity and diversity. We have come to this endorsement after having spoken with all four candidates.
The Muse is a feminist publication at Duke University founded by two students who desired to create a positive outlet for women’s empowerment on Duke’s campus. Drawn out of the findings of former President Nannerl Keohane’s Women’s Initiative report, which found a trend of decreased confidence through Duke women's undergraduate careers, the publication seeks to facilitate the contrary. We value quality and community over selectivity and quantity. We believe that all women on campus have a right to feel welcomed and empowered.
As an intersectional feminist magazine, The Muse believe that Archana will be the best advocate for these values we strive to promote on campus.
Priyanka Purohit (T’19) and Amelia Steinbach (T’21)
The co-leaders of The Muse, Sabriyya Pate (T’19) and Abby Kingsley (T’21), recused themselves from the endorsement process due to conflicts of interest. Another Senior Editor, Stefanie Pousoulides (T’21), also recused herself [Editor's note: Pousoulides is also a university news department head for The Chronicle]. Our Senior Editors conducted the endorsement process.