A vibrant interdisciplinary community of scholars, students, and practitioners dedicated to understanding the moral challenges of our time and creating scholarly frameworks, policy, and practice to address them.
Erin Blanding is a first year from Indian Trail, North Carolina studying biology. She participated in the Kenan Institute’s Project Change preorientation program and is interested in both science and human rights. Erin is also a member of the Chronicle newspaper and volunteers with Duke’s Puppy Kindergarten. In her free time, she enjoys trying new foods and reading interesting books.
Teig Hennessy is currently a junior at Duke University. As a Linguistics and French major he is a lover of words and literature and alternate realities (the third is unrelated to the first two). He has weak ankles but a strong spirit, which he puts into everything he does, be it his work at Kenan, stories he writes as a member of the Franklin Humanities Institute Storytelling Fellowship, and improv, as he is a member of Duke University Improv, or DUI. He also loves the “Paris” flavor of tea in the break room.
Juan is a senior from West Jefferson, North Carolina studying plant genetics in the Shaw Lab at Duke. With Kenan, he has participated in the Kenan Focus program, as well as with Launch Lab. He is also a member of the Duke University Marching Band. Juan is interested in a variety of topics including the representation of minorities in literature and pop culture, wildlife biology, and music. Outside of academics, he enjoys listening to music, learning to play new instruments, hiking, reading, and all things fountain pen related.
Claudia is a senior from Minnesota, studying Sociology and Global Health. She first became involved with Kenan during her first year through the Ethics and Global Citizenship Focus Program, and she continues working with Kenan through SuWA. Claudia also spent the fall semester of her junior year in Jordan studying refugee health and humanitarian action (and eating her weight in hummus and falafel). She loves all things outdoors, and her daily goal is to spread positivity and joy.
David is a senior from Charlotte, North Carolina studying International Comparative studies with a concentration on Africa. They became involved with Kenan through the Ethics and Global Citizenship Focus Program and the Living Learning Community. They enjoy being a part of the Community Empowerment Fund as well as Duke Quidditch. In their spare time they like to listen to music and playing board games.
Divya Nimmagadda is a junior from Omaha, Nebraska, majoring in Public Policy and Economics with a minor in Global Health. She is especially interested in criminal justice reform and immigration law. Outside of working for the Kenan Institute for Ethics, she is involved in Duke Student Government, the Duke International Relations Association and research. She enjoys discovering new music, traveling, diving into deep conversations about pretty much anything and eating!
Gino Nuzzolillo is a junior who will likely major in Public Policy & History. He is interested in human rights, social justice, and American history. In his free time, he loves to read, find new music, and talk about politics. On-campus, he is involved with Duke Partnership for Service, the Community Empowerment Fund, and Dukes & Duchesses, among others.
Steven is a first year student from Raleigh, North Carolina studying Public Policy and Spanish with an interest in pre-law. His passions include immigration law and reform and the study of democracies. He is currently in the Kenan Focus program, Ethics, Leadership and Global Citizenship, and participates in the Launch Lab program. Apart from Kenan, he is also involved with the Duke International Relations Association and Amnesty International. In his free time, he enjoys listening to new music or podcasts, swimming, and going on adventures.
Niall Schroder is a Senior from Durham, North Carolina studying Computer Science and Theater Studies. Outside of the /kenan-ethics/Communications/ directory you can hear him going flat onstage with Hoof 'n' Horn and Speak of the Devil, botching a punchline in the writing room with Inside Joke, or crushing the hopes and dreams of starry-eyed freshmen who just missed their second tent check in K-Ville.
Josie Tarin is a junior from Arkansas who plans to major in Political Science with a concentration in security, peace and conflict. Josie first became involved with Kenan her freshman year, when she volunteered in MASTERY and participated in the DukeImmerse Deconstructing/Reconstructing the Refugee Experience program. In her spare time, she can be found taking a nap or catching up on current events.