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Assistant Director

Janausia Ellis, “Nanii,” (she/her) was born and raised in New York. Nanii serves as the Assistant Director of DukeLIFE. She obtained her BA in Speech Communication with a minor in Psychology from Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus where she was a first-generation student. Nanii found her way to North Carolina, earning her MA in Student Affairs Administration with a concentration in College Student Development from Appalachian State University. Prior to her position in DukeLIFE, she served as the Director of Academic Support Programs at Queens University of Charlotte, serving students from historically underserved backgrounds. In this role, she also directed programs such as peer tutoring and supplemental instruction. While she has experience in multiple functional areas at different institutions, her passion has always been working with historically underserved populations. In her free time, she enjoys working out, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.