Duke LIFE Student Group

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The mission of the Duke LIFE (Low-Income, First-Generation Engagement) student group is to create and provide community space, resources, and advocacy for students on Duke’s campus who identify as first-generation and/or low-income. The organization aims to use the energy and creativity of its members to advocate for a Duke that is more inclusive, comfortable, and welcoming of the first-generation/low-income identity. These goals will be accomplished by hosting events focused on bringing the community together and creating identity development programs and activities relevant to the wants and needs of organization members and all First-Generation and/or Low-income students at Duke. 

2020-2021 Student Leadership Team:


TaylorMy name is Taylor Braswell, and I am a senior from Atlanta, Georgia. I am a Co-president for Duke LIFE! I am majoring in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience. Aside from Duke LIFE, I am the Director of Communications for the Black Student Alliance, a Global Education Ambassador, and a member of Duke Swing Dance Club.  
Sarah KaneMy name is Sarah Kane and I am a senior from Cape Coral, Florida and a Co-President of Duke LIFE. I am majoring in Public Policy with a minor  in History and a Human Rights Certificate. Other than Duke LIFE, I am also involved in the Chorale and Human Rights Student Advisory Board.

Vice President for Advocacy

Tyler Long

My name is Tyler Long, and I am senior from Robbinsville, North Carolina and Vice President of Advocacy for Duke LIFE. I am majoring in Political Science with minors in Education and African & African American Studies. Other than Duke LIFE, I am a part of the Secondary Teacher Preparation Program to become a licensed high school teacher.

Vice President of Community Building

Alice Carroll

My name is Alice Carroll and I'm a sophomore from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I'm the Vice President of Community Building for Duke LIFE! I am considering majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in Evolutionary Anthropology and Global Health. Other than Duke LIFE, I play club field hockey, am on a bass connections team, and love to go hiking.


John Bueno

I am a first-generation Ecuadorian-American student and a junior at Duke University. I am currently majoring in Public Policy and minoring in Economics while pursuing the Innovation and Entrepreneurship certificate. Outside of academics, I enjoy playing soccer with friends and cutting hair (Buenocuts). 


Vice President for Engagement

Zadaiah Roye -- Duke Life VP Engagement

My name is Zadaiah Roye and I am a junior from Weldon, North Carolina majoring in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist studies with a minor in Global Health. I am also the Vice President of Low-Income Engagement for Duke L1FE. Outside of this role, I also involved with Planned Parenthood Generation Action, the Duke Center for Global Reproductive Health’s Student Advisory Board and the Duke Career Center.