Bibi Gnagno, J.D.
Director of Academic Engagement, Global & Civic Opportunities
Working on gender equity at the intersections of race, social economic class, and sexual orientation brought me to Duke as a Student Development Coordinator at the Women's Center. During my time at the Women's Center, I created experiential programming and training that focused on community engagement, civic involvement, women's empowerment, men's engagement and activism. Prior to coming to Duke, I worked in the legal field in Atlanta, Georgia, Paris, France, and Abidjan, Ivory Coast on issues pertaining to social justice. My focus has included looking at how policy affects the society we live in, depending on our identities.
I hold a B.A. in French and Political Science from Smith College. As a student, I held various leadership positions in student organizations such as the Smith African and Caribbean's Students Association, Black Student Association, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. I studied abroad during my junior year in Paris, France. I also speak fluent French. Upon my return to the U.S. I matriculated law school and earned a Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law.
I am deeply fascinated by how the concept of identity can shape people's experiences, specifically students' experiences within the realm of higher education, which I've explored through filmmaking. Also, using my experience as a mindfulness teacher, I teach students each semester through the Koru Mindfulness Program. As a DAE for Global and Civic Opportunities at the Academic Advising Center, I am excited to help students as they navigate their time at Duke, helping them tie together their various interests both academic and co-curricular, while also building meaningful and intentional relationships.