Staff in the Office of Durham and Regional Affairs always look forward to the annual Samuel DuBois Cook Society Award Dinner, which recognizes outstanding Duke students, staff and alumni who forward the society’s values of humanity, equity and community. This year was particularly special for the office, as three of the seven honorees were our own colleagues.
We wish a heartfelt congratulations to Naureen Huda, a Duke senior who leads The Girls Club student group; Pat James, our Community Service Center colleague who founded and oversees her own non-profit, Long Ball; and David Stein, our Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership colleague who has devoted his years at Duke to creating rich opportunities for Durham’s students, particularly minorities underrepresented in higher education and scientific fields.
The nomination form describes best the importance of the award: “Founded to be an instrument of social engagement and change, the Cook Society seeks to recognize members of the Duke community who reflect in their work or in their academic pursuits, the objectives to which Dr. Cook dedicated his professional life — social justice, mentoring, the university’s relationship to the black community, and his vision of the ‘beloved community,’ seeking to improve relations among persons of all backgrounds.”
Naureen, Pat and David: Your Sammies are richly deserved!