Assistant Dean of Community Engagement and Inclusion
Graduate Education: Georgetown University Law Center
Hometown: Aiken, South Carolina
Joining Fuqua’s leadership team in early 2019 as the school’s inaugural Director of Community Engagement and Inclusion, Stephanie works closely with students, staff and faculty to create a more inclusive and welcoming community where diversity is celebrated and every person has a true sense of belonging. She was promoted to Assistant Dean in January 2021.
She received her BA in German Language and Literature and Comparative Area Studies from Duke and her JD from Georgetown University Law Center. The highlight of her time at Georgetown Law was working with the Street Law Clinic, which provided law-focused education to high school students in Washington, D.C., and her Education Law and Policy classes. After graduating from law school, Stephanie worked at Thacher Proffitt and Wood LLP in New York City in their structured finance department, but soon realized that her passion lay in education.
In 2009, she began a career in higher ed and has worked predominantly in admissions and graduate recruitment for business and law school. She has had the opportunity to work for amazing institutions including her alma mater, Georgetown Law, and Duke’s rival down the street, UNC Chapel Hill. During this time, Stephanie developed programs and created pathways to enable diverse populations to apply for, and enroll in, graduate school. Additionally, she has run key pipeline programs designed to expose underrepresented populations to the business and legal fields.
In her current role at Duke's Fuqua School of Business, Stephanie is dedicated to creating an environment where students across dimensions of identity are provided opportunities to share their authentic selves as well as safeguarding spaces for difficult conversations. Stephanie also collaborates with internal and external thought leaders to develop strategies for Fuqua to become the premiere training ground for inclusive business leaders.