Chavis Jones is a native of Spartanburg, SC. Last May, he graduated from Duke Law where he focused primarily on civil and human rights issues. At Duke, he was the President of the Black Graduate and Professional Students Association (BGPSA), a teaching assistant for two undergraduate courses in AAAS, and one graduate course at the Divinity School. He worked at the Mary Lou and for Trinity Technology Services. He volunteered in both the Duke Law Innocence Project and in the Wrongful Convictions Clinic. He studied philosophy at Morehouse College and religion and social ethics at Harvard Divinity School. At Morehouse, he served in student government, tutored elementary students, and volunteered throughout Atlanta. At Harvard, he tutored local high school students, created a summer job fair for youth, and was a staff writer for the Journal of Human Rights Policy. He currently serves as a Fellow at the Children’s Defense Fund.
"At Duke, I attempted to explore every aspect of this vast university. As President of BGPSA, we collaborated with CAPS, the Wellness Center, the Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, the Center for Multicultural Affairs, small businesses in Durham, alumni, and undergraduate organizations. Because I love Duke, I want to see it become better. I want to help Duke become more inclusive, more connected and collaborative, more affordable, and a more healthy and whole space for every person in the Duke family. I believe this extraordinary university can emerge from this challenging moment in history united as one Duke."