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Emily Durham, Program Director

Emily Durham is the founding Program Director of the Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement Program (ACE). She graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in English and completed her master’s degree in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating from Pomona, she spent a year on a Fulbright Fellowship in Hongseong, South Korea, teaching English in a public elementary school while living with a host family and volunteering at a local youth center. Before coming to ACE, Emily worked for over five years at DukeEngage managing faculty and staff-led international and US-based programs and directing the DukeEngage in Seattle program. A North Carolina native and former student-athlete, Emily loves continuing to discover new places in N.C. from the beach to the mountains, cooking Korean food, and spending time outdoors. She’s made it her goal to attend every athletic competition offered at both schools at least once!

Headquartered at Duke University, Emily oversees all administrative and programmatic functions of the ACE program with substantial input from her counterparts at Stanford University.

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Sean Tate, Program Coordinator

Sean Tate joined the ACE team in the spring of 2020 as the program’s first full-time Program Coordinator. He graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Spanish studies. At Duke, he was a member of the Men’s Swimming and Diving Team. Sean is an alum of the ACE program, having taken part in the ACE in South Africa program in 2017 as an undergraduate at Duke. Before coming to ACE, Sean interned abroad for Global Vision International (GVI) in Puerto Morelos, Mexico where he worked with children in the Puerto Morelos area and taught lessons on topics including healthy living behaviors, environmental consciousness, English, physical education, and cultural awareness. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Sean enjoys playing chess, exploring the diverse North Carolina geography, and hanging out with former teammates in the Durham area.