P&N Person of the Week: Dalina Mayes

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Yuexuan Chen
Dalina Mayes

P&N has a new staff assistant in Soc-Psych 017B, Dalina Mayes, who started working in the department on November 19th. At Duke, Ms. Mayes will be providing support for both Psychology and Neuroscience majors by managing numerous processes relevant to undergraduate research.

Ms. Mayes grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona and went to The Ohio State University where she studied Corporate Communication. At her last job at Cleveland State University, she worked in the law school and had a large role in advising, budgeting and event planning.

“There’s something about being in the academic environment that I love so much,” Mayes said.

Mayes enjoys working with the undergraduates. “They keep me fresh and renewed,” she said. “I’m 30 and I’ve been in my career for a while, but some people think I’m younger. (I’m a vegan so maybe that’s why!”)

In high school, she and her friends made a bet to see who could go vegan. After that, she said, she “simply forgot to eat meat.”

Mayes moved to Raleigh six months ago because she and her family--her fiance and two-year-old daughter--wanted to try something new. It’s been an adjustment for her.

“The highways are cramped here,” she said. “I never thought Scottsdale or Cleveland were big cities until I came here. But I’m getting more used to it and enjoying each day I get on 540.”

She likes to exercise and binge-watch Game of Thrones. A new hobby for her is practicing mindfulness.

Although she's only been here for a few weeks,  Mayes said she looks forward to helping students navigate and realize their potential.

“I remember when I was an undergrad, it was overwhelming,” Mayes said. “I want to extend a hand, so students can focus on what they have to do and are less stressed out by outside factors.”