Martine Aurélien MPP’18 received the 2018 Abele Student of the Year Award from the Mary Lou Williams Cultural Center in a ceremony on April 14.
Co-sponsored by the center, the Black Student Alliance and the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association, the annual Julian Abele Award honors significant achievements of Black community members and their supporters. The award is named in honor of Julian Abele, an African-American architect who designed Duke’s West Campus and Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Aurélien was selected for her service to the Sanford School and the Duke and Durham communities. She held leadership roles with the Sanford Board Leadership Initiative and the Sanford Women in Policy student groups.
At the Cook Center on Racial Equity, she researched ways to close the gender wealth gap, work that she will present at a conference. With NC Growth, she focused on Hurricane Matthew relief efforts in Princeville, N.C. As co-director of the Just Listen project, which used performance art to tell the stories of Durham high school students, she mentored both Duke undergraduates and Durham high school students.
She completed her MPP master’s project on the topic of gun-related violent crime in Durham.