Student Organization

Duke Life LogoThe 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.

2021-2022 Student Leadership Team


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My name is Zadaiah Roye, and use the she/her(s) pronouns. I am a senior undergraduate from Weldon, NC and I am on this year’s DukeLIFE Co-Presidents. I am majoring in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies with a minor in Global Health. Outside of DukeLIFE, I also serve on the executive board from Duke’s Planned Parenthood Generation Action, participate in the Penny Pilgrim George Women’s Leadership Initiative and work in the DukeLIFE Office.

Carlos Diaz, Co-President

Vice President for Advocacy


My name is Binisha Patel, and my pronouns are she/her(s). I am a fourth-year undergraduate student from Lawrenceville, GA and Vice President of Advocacy for Duke LIFE. I am majoring in Neuroscience with minors in Medical Sociology and Computations Biology and Bioinformatics. Other than Duke LIFE, I am involved in volunteering within the Duke Hospital system and at the Durham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and am also a senior editor for the Duke Muse (student-run feminist magazine).  

Vice President of Community Building

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My Name is Victor Clifton and I am a Junior from Henderson, North Carolina. I am the Vice President of Community Building for Duke LIFE this year! I am majoring in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. Aside from Duke Life, I am proudly a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, a part of Duke National Pan Hellenic Council, Black Men’s Union and 100 Collegiate



My name is Alice Carroll and I’m a junior from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I am the Treasurer for DukeLIFE this year! I am majoring in Environmental Science with minors in Evolutionary Anthropology and Global Heath. I also live in the Smart Home and work in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. 

Vice President for Engagement


My name is Ezra Belgrave and I am a junior from Philadelphia, PA majoring in Computer Science with minors in Education and Media. I will be serving as Vice President of Low-Income Engagement! Outside of DukeLIFE,  I play lacrosse and ice hockey. I also enjoy photography, tutoring, and participating in different organizations on campus. I am most excited about seeing the DukeLIFE family in person this semester and being VISIBLE on campus!