Student Advisory Board

The Chapel’s Student Advisory Board is a group of students created to help keep the Chapel connected to the heart, mind, and voice of the student body. This board will empower Duke students to inform and shape how Duke Chapel will serve the spiritual and religious needs of Duke students as the Chapel seeks to nurture and embody the intellectual, ethical, and spiritual lives of students. This board is composed of undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of religious and spiritual traditions.

Meet our 2022–2023 Student Advisory Board

Jonathan Griffin
Jonathan is a rising senior studying majoring in economics with minors in political science and Chinese language. He is from Alexandria, Virginia and comes from a Southern Baptist background. At Duke, Jonathan is the Chief Justice of the Duke Student Government, a Chapel Scholar, and member of the Program in American Grand Strategy. For Jonathan, the Duke Chapel represents an opportunity for intentional interfaith exposure, learning, and community which is invaluable for students seeking to become understanding and caring members of both the Duke community and the wider world. After Duke, Jonathan hopes to attend law school and pursue a career as an attorney.

Brandon Le
Brandon is a 5th-year Genetics & Genomics (UPGG) PhD candidate in the School of Medicine and The Graduate School, working at the Duke Molecular Physiology Institute on the genetic modifiers of sickle cell disease. Originally from Pennsylvania and graduated from Brown University with a Computer Science degree, he is the president of the Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG), helps organize events and advocacy for Duke F1RSTS (the first-generation / low-income community of Duke graduate and professional students), and represents student interests on the Duke IT Advisory Council on campus. Brandon is a Buddhist, acknowledging the natures of desire and existential impermanence, practicing loving-kindness, and giving compassion to all beings and situations.

Sarah Ruiz
Sarah Ruiz is a 3rd year PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering from California. She graduated from Grinnell College in 2018 with majors in Religious Studies and Physics.  She is a part of the Duke Lutherans Campus Ministry and the Duke Optical Society Club. Sarah grew up in the Catholic church but is currently involved primarily in Lutheran and Episcopal communities. 

Akshaj Tureblyu
Akshaj is a Hindu senior studying English, religion, and political philosophy from Dallas, TX. Outside of class, he is involved in the Wellian Magazine and student radio at WXDU. He’s been involved in interfaith projects at Duke through the Dean’s Chapel Scholars and teaching with the Eruditio et Religio LLC. Alongside this, Akshaj regularly attends the services of other religious groups on campus.

Chloe Decker
Chloe is a B.N. Duke Scholar in the class of 2025 from Murphy, North Carolina. In the classroom, she’s exploring public policy, education, women's studies, and Chinese. Outside of the classroom, she is active in Duke Student Government, Women in Politics, and works as a research assistant at Duke Law. Over the course of her first year at Duke, Chloe has enjoyed getting to practice her Christian faith on campus as a Chapel Scholar and as a member of the Duke Wesley Fellowship, Duke's Methodist student group. One of her favorite times of the year was the week of Easter, when the Chapel hosted a variety of services which she got to participate in.