Black Women Elected to Lead Undergraduate and Graduate Student Government at Duke University

For the 2009-10 academic year black women will hold the two highest student government positions at Duke University. Junior Awa Nur was elected president of the Duke Student Government Association. Nur was born in Somalia but now lives in Virginia. She is only the second black woman to lead the organization in its history.

Yvonne Ford was elected president of the Graduate and Professional Students Council, the main group representing graduate students at the university. Ford holds two master’s degrees from Duke and is pursuing a Ph.D.