The mission of Akin is to provide a productive space to foster open, honest communication and understanding. We believe every individual has unique perspectives and experiences that make them special, and that those experiences can help enrich the lives of others. We also believe that despite our differences, we are all “akin” due to our innate human nature and equality. With these two beliefs in mind, we aim to create a space that celebrates and encourages these differences, while also stressing an understanding of others.

Team members

Maya Patel, Co-Founder, Artistic Vision, Web Design, Technology

Mechanical Engineering, Energy and Environment, 2018

Krista Opsahl-Ong, Co-Founder, Web Development, Technology, Marketing

Computer Science, ECE, 2018

Lisa Guraya, Co-Founder, Social Awareness Advisor, Moderator, Head of Writing

Public Policy, 2018

Giselle Graham, Co-Founder, Mission Supervisor, Social Media and Marketing

>Economics, French, I&E, 2018

Project Updates

Throughout this semester we have built our website and generated our first round of content. The website is up and running with almost all of the features we initially intended, and we are current running a trial simulation of the forum with two SLGs on campus. Our first photoshoot, ‘Akin Spectrum’ explores the connection between identity, beauty, and self-perception. We have also completed an introductory podcast about Akin for our podcast series, 'Akin Speaks.’ The first video of our 'Akin First Impressions’ series is also complete, where two Duke students from different parts of Duke’s community are brought together and introduced through a series of different questions they answer and discuss together.

Check out our promo video below to learn a little more about Akin, and check back in Fall 2016 for our full launch!