Steven Powell

Steven Powell is a senior and has been working at the Kenan Institute since his freshman year at Duke. He is majoring in Public Policy and International Comparative Studies with hopes of attending law school in the future. On campus, he is involved with the Community Empowerment Fund, Camp Kesem at Duke, the Climate Migration Lab at Sanford and Citizenship Lab tutoring through Kenan. In his free time, he loves reading, exploring the beautiful outdoors that Durham has to offer. He is passionate about migration/refugee policy, climate change policy, and community service and organizing.

David Tierney

David Tierney joined the Kenan Institute for Ethics as a Research Assistant in July 2022. He is an undergraduate student at Duke pursuing a Global Cultural Studies degree through the Program in Literature. Outside of school, he is a travelling member of Duke’s varsity fencing team, helping the team win the ACC championship title in 2021. He is also a DJ and committee member at WXDU, Duke’s campus radio station, and serves as the station’s Music Director as of Spring 2022. He is otherwise involved with music on campus through Duke Coffeehouse, a student-run concert venue and study space, where he was hired in Spring 2022. In the summer of 2022, he participated in a Story + humanities research project working with Duke’s musical instrument collection.

Felicity Rodriguez

Felicity Rodriguez (she, her) is a freshman from Miami, Florida. She plans to major in public policy and political science and is a coxswain on the Duke rowing team. Felicity is very passionate about youth civic engagement and voter turnout and this led her to start her own national organization in 2020, as well as work on a congressional campaign. Some of the issues that she’s passionate about include immigration rights, education equity, environmental protection, and social justice. She found out about Kenan through her freshman orientation program, Project Change, which she really enjoyed. In her free time, she likes to spend time with friends, support Duke in all sports events, and go for runs to the gardens. She hopes to pursue a law degree and run for a political office one day

Olivia Kim

Olivia Kim [she/her/hers] joined the Kenan Institute for Ethics in November 2022.  

Olivia Kim was born in Chicago and has since lived in Omaha, Nebraska; Bethesda, Maryland; and Arlington Heights, Illinois. She is currently a member of the class of 2026 at Trinity College at Duke University studying biology and health care policy. Olivia has continued her interest in journalistic writing from high school to her reporting for The Chronicle’s news department and for the Duke Medicine Ethics Journal. In her free time, she enjoys trying new food and listening to her favorite podcast, This American Life.  

Alissa Prinston

Alissa Prinston (she/her) is a freshman from Boston, Massachusetts with her intentions set on majoring in Public Policy. Alissa takes interest in analyzing institutions as well as how policy decisions impact individuals. She has participated in programs such as Tufts University’s Leadership for Social Change in which she researched and presented a report on educational inequities in Boston. In her freetime, Alissa can be found in her room either cozying up with a book or mindlessly scrolling through Netflix for the latest documentary.