Laura Mistretta, an environmental sciences and policy major from the Bronx, lives in the Mirecourt co-ed selective living group on campus, which is famous for launching the K-Ville tenting tradition in the 1980s.
She is a co-president of Duke Students for Humane Borders, a student-led group that works to raise awareness on campus and in the surrounding Durham community about humanitarian issues involving immigration. The group holds demonstrations, panels, discussions and other events, along with teaching a “house course” on immigration during the spring semester.
In the summer of 2011, Laura participated in a DukeEngage program in Tucson, Arizona, that focused on immigration policy, national security, human rights and comprehensive immigration reform. She and the other students connected their experiences in the border region to realities in North Carolina when they returned to campus,discussing what they learned through documentaries, forums, class presentations, independent studies and thesis projects.