President William Maxwell Bernell
Hi all, my name is William Maxwell Bernell -- though I prefer to go by Max -- and I am humbled and energized to serve as BDU’s President for a second year. I am a rising senior studying Political Science, with minors in Economics and Art History. In past years, I have worked on identifying structural areas in which BDU could be more efficient, improving programming and outreach efforts, as well pushing for more LGBTQ+ education on Duke’s campus. This year I hope to work together with the executive board to build and solidify a standard procedure for future generations, pushing for more affinity group partnerships, diversifying BDU’s digital outreach efforts, improving our officer program, and continuing to deliver tangibles to the Duke LGBTQ+ community. For any inquiries or LGBTQ+ related issues here at Duke, please contact me at William.firstname.lastname@example.org, or at (646)243-0695.
VP of External Affairs Jennifer Hong
My name is Jennifer Hong and I am serving as the Vice President of External Affairs of BDU. I am a senior majoring in Public Policy. I am originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, but grew up in Beijing. As someone who is interested in women’s issues and identity politics, I hope to contribute to BDU and the queer community as an ally and build partnerships with other student groups. I can’t wait to work with other members on the executive board and members in BDU this year!
VP of Advocacy & Policy Kendrick Icenhour
Hey y’all, I’m Kendrik Icenhour (pronouns are he/him/his and they/them/their) and I’m, somehow, a senior. I’m incredibly excited to be serving as BDU’s Vice President of Advocacy and Policy (again) next year. I’m from Gastonia, North Carolina, which is just outside of Charlotte, but at least 10 times less enjoyable as the city. I am a Public Policy major also pursuing minors in Political Science and Education. After Duke, I hope to spend some time working in think tank research before getting my PhD/JD and then work for a non-profit working in pro-bono work. One of my goals for this semester is to work together with other groups on campus to reconstruct the narratives around sexual violence in the queer community as well as advocating for more inclusive medical practices by Student Health and the Duke Medical System. I would also like to see a community with a stronger ally presence by creating spaces where those who seek greater knowledge of the LGBTQ+ community can access that information. I look forward to this and much more in the coming year! Feel free to contact me at email@example.com or (540)907-2829.
VP of Education Kimberly Calero
Hello! My name is Kimberly Calero ‘20 from Fort Lauderdale and I’m joining the BDU Executive Board as the VP for Education where this year I hope to focus on the intersectionality of between queer identities and racial/ethnic identities. I use the pronouns they/them/theirs and am seeking a B.A. in Public Policy with a double minor in Chemistry and Biology where I plan to focus on addressing health care disparities through policy change. On campus, I’m involved in Duke EMS as an EMT, as an Advocate focused on LGBTQIA+ rights through the Office of Public Advocacy, and as a research assistant for a Bass Connection project titled “Enabling Precision Health and Medicine.” Ultimately, I want to earn a dual Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies and Public Health to increase health care practitioner knowledge about systemic issues that affect minorities’ health and address these issues through policy and education change. In my spare time, I enjoy painting animals and flowers while relaxing in Duke Gardens as well as binge watching multiple shows on Netflix.
VP of Marketing Diane Lee
Hi! I was given the sex of a girl and the name Da-Eun: I continue to go by as a girl but by the name Diane. As a sophomore, I am still unsure of what I will major in but I love the sciences, humans and the arts, so feel free to chat me up about pretty much anything! Being born and raised in Korea, I always thought LGBTQIA+ visibility was so important for queers and non-queers alike as we exist in this world in a beautiful coexistence. As the Vice President of Marketing, I am proud to say that I create the face of BDU. I wish to further raise involvement and approachability of BDU over the year by creating and enriching this website, building relationships with relevant organizations and staff, and by cooperating with all of these hardworking VPs in event-planning and advertising. I also look forward to working with my visionary committees for exciting upcoming projects including various workshops and socials, and embarking on the very special platform Aurora.
VP of Internal Affairs Anonymous
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