A headshot of Desmond Gatling with Durham skyline

Desmond Gatling

Program Coordinator, Duke College Advising Corps

desmond.gatling@duke.edu
(919) 660-3223

As a first generation high school student from an under-resourced high school, Desmond hopes to make a positive impact as Program Coordinator by continuing to advocate for students in North Carolina. A native of Ahoskie, North Carolina, he graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Minor in Education. While at Duke, Desmond gained a passion for promoting access to education and equity for students from low-income and rural communities. He worked closely with the Center for Multicultural Affairs as a student Facilitator Advocating for Change and Equity. Additionally, he was a founding member of Duke LIFE, a student led group for First-Generation and Low-Income students. After graduating, Desmond went on to serve as a Duke CAC Adviser at Lakewood High School in Sampson County.