Brianna Nofil, T’12, studied history in Oxford, art in Venice and politics in Glasgow. She worked with migrant and refugee communities in Dublin and taught English in rural Poland, all through Duke programs. Nofil, a double major in history and public policy studies, with a minor in education, says coming to Duke showed her the world in a very real way.
Duke helped Nofil find a passion for immigration policy and reform. She won the 2011 Duke Human Rights Center Prize for her research on a Miami immigration detention center, an issue deeply relevant to her community. In the summer of 2011, Nofil travelled to Dublin through DukeEngage, where she worked on a conference framing migration in Ireland as a human rights issue.
She wrote her senior thesis on the history and privatization of U.S. immigration detention, working with a supportive professor while challenging herself to find a way to channel her deep interests into a meaningful career. Nofil believes that is one of the great things about Duke—once you find something you care about, there are nearly endless ways to learn and do more about it.