Director, DKU Student Engagement​

Irina Adams is Director of DKU Student Engagement, leading the Student Engagement team to develop, implement and evaluate comprehensive programming, support, and communications at Duke, as well as and partnering across campus on the provision of services for students. She works on all academic, co-curricular and student life facets of the program, as well as serving as an academic advisor to visiting students. She is a co-advisor to Duke-DKU student groups, including an ambassador program and orientation leader program. Additionally, Irina has been serving as college advisor to Duke students since 2013. As Program Manager in the office between 2016-2019, Irina oversaw planning and execution of student and faculty programs and events, administered the work of the China Faculty Council, and managed communications.

Previously, Irina served for six years as an Assistant Director for Programs at DukeEngage, where she worked on planning and administration of civic engagement opportunities for Duke students in the U.S. and abroad. She managed a portfolio of 20 faculty and provider-led programs and directed independent projects designed by students. Irina has also worked in the administration of global health programs, high school exchange, as well as in marketing and communications.

Irina holds a Master's in International Education from the School for International Training and undergraduate degrees in Chinese and Romanian from the University of Bucharest. She studied at Zhongshan University in Guangzhou, China, for two years as an undergraduate student.