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Meet our 2019 Service Opportunities in Leadership students

Image caption—SOL students (clockwise): Lindsay Morgenstein, Andrew Carlins, Amelia Steinbach, Allison Bunker (second from left)

Sixteen Duke undergraduate students are working on their summer projects with community partners through Service Opportunities in Leadership (SOL), a signature component of the Hart Leadership Program.

SOL is a nationally recognized twelve-month leadership program for students who are interested in complex social issues and the art of implementing systemic change. Students who participate in SOL are chosen for their intellectual curiosity, maturity, and dedication to public service. For their SOL projects, students work with a community partner and collaboratively design and implement field-based research.

In preparation for their summer projects, students complete a gateway course called “Border Crossing: Leadership, Value Conflicts and Public Life.” The course is designed to help students confront the complexities of engaging communities and addressing ethically rich problems. When they return to campus in the fall, SOL students participate in a capstone research seminar called “Adaptive Leadership,” in which they integrate their summer work with concepts about leadership, politics, and public policy.

This year’s SOL students join the ranks of more than 400 SOL alumni who have come before them. Since 1995, SOL students have worked with nearly 300 partner organizations in 46 countries. Students in the 2019 SOL group are pursuing projects in a variety of fields, including criminal justice reform, youth engagement in politics, and refugee policy.

Read more about our SOL students:

Allison Bunker

Allison Bunker

Allison Bunker (class of 2022) is a prospective Public Policy Studies and History major from Seattle. In her first year at Duke, Allison worked as an advocate at the Community Empowerment Fund, as an intern with the Carolina Justice Policy Center, and served as a senator on Duke Student Government’s Durham and Regional Affairs Committee. Allison found her love for policy in high school after working with multiple nonprofits in Seattle and seeing the impact of policy on people’s lives. She worked on Rep. Kim Schrier’s campaign for Congress and sat on her town’s Community Services Board for Youth and Family Services. Inspired by a seminar on globalization, Allison is working at the intersection of social justice and environmentalism this summer while she works for the Sunrise Movement.

Andrew Carlins (class of 2021) is a prospective Economics and History major with a certificate in Global Migration. A sophomore from Oceanside, NY, Andrew serves as a resident assistant in Jarvis dormitory, a research assistant at The Kenan Institute for Ethics and an intern for Duke Wellness. He is active in Jewish Student Union, attending Jewish Life at Duke and Chabad events. He also works with TAMID and Duke International Relations Association as a project manager and away team director respectively. This fall Andrew is excited to work on a Bass Connections project. Andrew enjoys puns, dogs, hiking, learning about people’s stories and playing squash. For his SOL project, Andrew is working with the African Refugee Development Center, a non-profit organization focused on African refugee and asylum seeker empowerment and advocacy in Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Lindsay Morgenstein and Andrew Carlins

Lindsay Morgenstein and Andrew Carlins

Anne Crabill (class of 2022) is a prospective Biology and History major. A first-year student from Chapel Hill, Anne is an Alice M. Baldwin Scholar, plays defense for the Varsity Women’s Lacrosse Team, and conducts research with the Nowicki Biology Lab. She also serves on the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy Student Advisory Council. For her SOL project, Anne is working with the British National Archives’ Department of Education and Outreach to conduct research and create teaching materials for history teachers.

Soraya Durand (class of 2021) is a Public Policy and International Comparative Studies major. As a student specializing in the Middle Eastern region with a focus on refugee policy, Soraya worked with Palestinian refugee children last summer. She plans to return to Lebanon for her SOL project to research identity formation among Palestinian children who grow up in Lebanese refugee camps. Her project is in the form of a short film from the perspective of the children. The non-profit organization United Lebanon Youth Project (ULYP) is working alongside her in her research.

Kate Evans (class of 2021) is a Public Policy and History major from Chatham, New Jersey. Outside of class, Kate is involved in the Rhythm & Blue a cappella group, the Episcopal Center, Delta Gamma Fraternity, and the Kenan Refugee Project. Kate is passionate about policies and reforms related to public education, immigration, and criminal justice. This summer, she is researching the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative in New Jersey. She is seeking to determine whether it has improved racial disparities in the juvenile justice system.

Ashil Jhaveri (class of 2022) is a Political Science and Computer Science major from New Jersey. On campus, he serves as a senator on Duke Student Government’s Durham and Regional Affairs committee working on issues regarding student voting accessibility and students’ relationship with Durham. He also serves as an editor for the Duke Political Review and tutors young adults pursuing their GED high school equivalency through Achievement Academy of Durham. For fun, he plays on the club golf team, listens to classic rock, and watches Billions and Game of Thrones. Driven by his interests in criminal justice and law, Ashil is partnering with the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender to conduct research on the experiences of low-income people in the state’s criminal justice system.

Sujeiry Jimenez (class of 2020) is a Public Policy major from southwest Missouri. She is interested in studying the intersection of policy and health, especially underserved communities’ access to health care. On campus, Sujeiry is involved with Define American, Duke Student Government, and is currently serving as co-president of Mi Gente. Sujeiry is a former participant in DukeEngage Tucson where she worked with Mariposas Sin Fronteras, an immigrant advocacy group. This year she was a part of a Bass Connections project exploring the root causes of health disparities in Durham. For her SOL summer, Sujeiry is working with El Centro de los Trabajadores Agricolas Fronterizos in El Paso, Texas, which caters to the needs of border farmworkers and their families, as well as the residents of South El Paso.

Daniel Karlin

Daniel Karlin

Daniel Karlin (class of 2021) is an Economics major with a finance concentration. Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, he is a member of the Duke football team, on the Jewish Student Union cabinet, and a tutor for America Reads America Counts. After working for a state-level elected official last summer and taking a class in the Hart Leadership Program in the fall, Daniel discovered a passion for public service, which prompted him to do the SOL Program. For his SOL summer, Daniel is working with Congressman David Cicilline’s office researching senior housing.

Manish Kumar (he/him his and class of 2020) is pursuing a Program II major focused on “Policy and Identity as they Affect Health Outcomes.” Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Manish serves as the vice president of Academic Affairs for Duke Student Government, where he advocates for campus accessibility, Asian American studies, and awareness of undergraduate research opportunities. In addition, Manish pursues a multidisciplinary approach to examining issues pertaining to the elderly, conducting both genetics and policy research on Alzheimer’s disease, and serving as a Hospice volunteer at the Durham VA. In his free time, he enjoys running and working at his campus job at the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity. This summer, Manish is working with Jubilee Housing in Washington D.C., conducting research on gentrification and its effect on the ability of seniors to age in place.

Keyin Lu (class of 2020) is a Public Policy major interested in issues of gender equality and social justice and is working with the Durham Crisis Response Center this summer. Having emigrated from Ningbo, China at the age of nine, she now calls New York home. At Duke, she is involved with duARTS, the Service Learning Program, and Round Table selective living group. In addition to an appreciation for art, she loves trying different food in the Triangle area. She is especially passionate about M Kokko and Cha House’s bubble tea. She also has a very chubby white cat named Biscuit who likely enjoys food even more than she does.

Lindsay Morgenstein (class of 2022) is a Public Policy major from Cary, North Carolina. In her first year at Duke, Lindsay has become involved in Jewish Student Union, Environmental Alliance, and Duke Votes. Following her passions for politics and Judaism, Lindsay is working with the Jewish Center for Justice in Los, Angeles, California to create a model for youth engagement in political action. Outside of the classroom, she loves to watch documentaries, travel, rave about her hometown, and teach Hebrew school.

Lenae Ryan (class of 2020) is a Public Policy major with a Documentary Studies certificate from Gainesville, Florida. She is partnering with the community organization Gainesville For All to document their solutions to the racial and economic inequities in Alachua County. Her goal is to produce digital and video content to further GNV4ALL’s proposal for an Early Learning Center. She completed the Border Crossings introductory course for SOL during the Spring of 2017 and participated in DukeEngage Cape Town.

Amelia Steinbach

Amelia Steinbach

Aditya Santoki (class of 2021) is a Chemistry major from the Atlanta area. At Duke, he participated in a Bass Connections project on misinformation surrounding vaccines and works in the Eroglu Lab. He is also a co-founder of Duke Low-Income First Generation Engagement (Duke LIFE). After graduating, he wants to attend medical school and pursue a career dedicated to eliminating health disparities through policy initiatives and philanthropic work. This summer, he is partnering with the Durham County Department of Public Health to investigate some of the social and economic barriers to vaccination in Durham County.

Christian Sheerer (class of 2022) is a prospective Political Science and International Comparative Studies major from Pembroke Pines, Florida. As a high school student, Christian was invested in competitive speech and debate, ranking second in the country at the end of his senior year. During his first year at Duke, he spent much of his time outside the classroom with Duke’s debate and Model UN teams. This summer, he is partnering with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice where he hopes to use his competitive debate and administrative experience to develop a more robust debate program for incarcerated youth in South Florida.

Amelia Steinbach (class of 2021) is a Political Science major, with a double minor in History and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. She is originally from Durham and plans to attend law school. On campus, she is a Baldwin Scholar, the chair of the Honor Council, an editor for The Muse, and an executive board member of Women in Politics. Amelia also participates in a Bass Connections project about reproductive healthcare and teaches a house course called “Women in Politics.” This summer, she is interning with Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and will be conducting research on the influence of the female senators on the Senate Judiciary committee.

Jessica Sullivan

Jessica Sullivan

Jessica Sullivan (class of 2021) is a Political Science and Statistics major. She is from Salisbury, North Carolina and graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. On campus, she is an intern with POLIS and works with the Duke Votes Coordinating Committee, the Duke Political Review, and the Leaders for Political Dialogue conference. She also does research with the Political Institutions and Public Choice Program (PIPC). This summer, she is working with You Can Vote in Durham on its expansion to rural communities.

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