Duke University | Baldwin Scholars Program

Kamaria Campbell

Kamaria Campbell

I’m grateful for the Baldwin community’s impact on my undergraduate experience and continue to cherish relationships with fellow scholars as an alumna. During my time in the program I collaborated with other scholars to develop the first Baldwin-taught House Courses (spanning topics such as gender, race, vocation, identity, and leadership), launched a successful bid for Crowell Quad Council, and interned at the Feminist Majority Foundation with Duke alumna Eleanor Smeal in Washington, D.C. As part of the inaugural class I also debated critical questions such as ‘did we need a constitution?’ and ‘is it ever okay to burn the Baldwin bench?’. 

One enduring question and challenge that Baldwin posed to me is, ‘How will you define success?’. For me success is finding the intersection of personal and professional interests. I’ve always been a creative, strategic thinker drawn to bringing new ideas to life and outlets such as writing and public speaking. As a result I’ve sought ways to combine my academic and professional pursuits with these pastimes and inclinations.

Through majors in Computer Science and History I developed an interest in working in the growing field of user experience. After Duke I attended the University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI) and earned a master’s degree in Information with a specialization in Human-Computer Interaction. After UMSI I worked as a user experience analyst for ForeSee, a customer experience analytics start-up based in Ann Arbor, and then moved to a user experience consultant for IBM in Chicago. 

I’ve been very active in the user experience community over the years and have spoken at local and international conferences in the Midwest and London. In 2014 I was recognized as one of the Top 50 Techies to know in Chicago by Crain’s Chicago Business due to my leadership in launching a conference for user experience professionals in the city. I also serve as an editor and write book reviews for the User Experience Professionals Association magazine. 

In 2017 I completed my MBA at the University of Chicago with the goal of transitioning to a career helping companies develop digital strategies and leverage emerging technologies for innovation. I’m currently a consultant with IBM’s Global Digital Business Strategy consulting practice.