CSJ's Graduate Assistants 

Photograph of Tyra BeamanTyra Beaman

Graduate Assistant, Alternative Breaks Program 
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Tyra Beaman is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Foreign Service at Georgetown University’s Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service. Most recently, Tyra completed a 10 month Fulbright Fellowship, serving as an English Teaching Assistant in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She left for the Dominican Republic directly after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Spelman College and serving as a Charles Rangel Fellow for Congressman Gregory Meeks. Tyra is a native of Richmond, Virginia and graduated high school with an International Baccalaureate Diploma, which was the start to her love for global affairs and service. While in college, Tyra co-founded an international education company, Black Beyond Borders, LLC., dedicated to providing and empowering the black community with cross-cultural tools to study abroad, with purpose. Tyra has continued her work on identity politics, while building transnational relationships through studying, serving, and working abroad in Argentina, Uruguay, Haiti, South Africa, and the Dominican Republic.

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Lin Cong

Communications & Outreach Graduate Student Assistant
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Lin Cong is a second-year graduate student in Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture and Technology program. She got her B.A. in Strategic Communication from the Ohio State University, with academic backgrounds in International Journalism, Communication and Sociology. Lin used to work with International Fund for China’s Environment (IFCE) and China Central Television (CCTV). She is interested in pursuing a career in Non-profit organization and new media. Lin is from China. She loves music and playing the guitar. 

Photography of Kiersten DeHavenKiersten DeHaven

STEM Afterschool/DC Reads Graduate Student Assistant
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Kiersten is a first year student in the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Global Human Development Master’s program. She attended the University of Notre Dame as a student-athlete majoring in Political Science and Spanish while rowing for the varsity women’s rowing team. After graduating from Notre Dame, Kiersten joined the Peace Corps and served as an English literacy volunteer in Western Samoa working primarily with at-risk students in her rural village on the island of Savaii. 

Photography of Milagros O'DianaMilagros O’Diana

Evaluation Graduate Student Assistant
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Milagros is a first year graduate student in Georgetown's Master in International Development Policy program. Originally from Peru, she is focusing on issues related to community service and urban development. She was actively involved in projects of sustainable development in public schools while she was studying Economics in Lima. Her professional experience in the Peruvian Government includes the evaluation of programs for the productive development of microenterprises and the design of the National Strategy for Reduction of Urban Poverty.

Photograph of Rebecca EpplerRebecca Eppler

Graduate Assistant, Global Learning
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Rebecca Eppler is a CSJ Global Learning Graduate Assistant, and joined the CSJ team in August 2016 as the Social Justice Curriculum and Pedagogy Graduate Assistant.

Rebecca is a second year graduate student in the Georgetown University Conflict Resolution Master’s Program, and is earning a certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies. She is focusing on issues related to the Syrian conflict and refugee crisis, and worked in Geneva, Switzerland as a Georgetown Conflict Resolution 2017 Summer Fellow. Rebecca is from Jacksonville, Florida and graduated from UNF with a B.A. in International Studies before working at local non-profit promoting citizen diplomacy in Northeast Florida as the Director of Programs. 

Photography of Abby FramAbby Fram

Conflict Resolution Graduate Assistant
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Abby Fram is a first year graduate student in Georgetown’s Conflict Resolution Program. Originally from Arlington, Virginia, she is interested in gender and post-conflict reconstruction. She taught English for one year in a suburb south of Paris for the French government’s Teaching Assistant Program in France before coming to Georgetown. She also interned at the Embassy of France in the US, in the Press and Communications department. She holds a BA in International Affairs from James Madison University.

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Annie Gala

Graduate Student Assistant for Finance 
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Annie Gala, a second-year Master’s student in English Literature, serves as the Interim Financial and Administrative Officer at CSJ. A native of Seattle, Washington, Annie graduated from Seattle University with a B.A. in English and a minor in French. At Seattle U, Annie was involved in tutoring volunteer programs through the Center for Community Service and Engagement. After graduating, she spent a year working for the French government, teaching English and History at a middle school outside of Nantes, France. She is interested in English curriculum research and is currently working on a thesis that focuses on English curricula in the DMV area.

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Immersion Programs Graduate Student Assistant
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Weiting Li is a first-year graduate student in Georgetown, pursuing her master degree in Public Policy. Originally from China, she graduated from Gettysburg College with a major in Sociology and minor in Business. Prior to Georgetown, Weiting have gained experiences in both international business and public services. She first interned at Machik, where she conducted research on Sino-Tibet relations, education, and environment issues in Tibet. In the summer of 2017, she joined the Shanghai Chapter of European Union Chamber of Commerce as a government affairs assistant, where she focused on environment and energy development in China and facilitated the communication with member companies and government authorities. Weiting is currently a policy researcher for East Asia Policy Student Association and Energy & Environment Policy.

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Jude Massaad

Conflict Resolution Graduate Assistant
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Jude graduated from the American University of Beirut with a B.A. in Political Science, a minor in Human Rights and Transitional Justice, and a diploma in Project Management. Jude started to develop a deep interest in global politics in 2011 after heavily participating in international Model UN conferences. After interning with the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014, Jude moved on to work as a reporter at the Daily Star Newspaper in 2015 to cover stories on the Syrian refugee crisis in Beirut. Jude also worked with a non-profit in Beirut that aimed to find justice for the 17,000 people kidnapped during the Lebanese Civil War. Prior to joining Georgetown to pursue her M.A. in Conflict Resolution, Jude worked as a council assistant for the San Jose City Council. Jude specifically aims to work on foreign policy, human rights and transitional justice issues related to the Middle East. She enjoys having great conversations, dancing, baking, traveling, and listening to live music.

Photography of Lily MengeshaSimegnish /Lily/ Mengesha

Social Justice Curriculum and Pedagogy Graduate Student Assistant
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Lily is a second-year graduate student in Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, with a concentration in Global Politics and Security. Originally from, Ethiopia, Lily got her B.A. in Sociology and Social Anthropology from Addis Ababa University and has a Diploma in Journalism and Communication. In 2005 she began her career working with the Sub-Saharan Informer Newspaper and covered the political unrest following Ethiopia’s national election that year. An outspoken advocate for freedom of expression, she also worked extensively with foreign news outlets including Wall Street Journal and Voice of America. She also completed a one-year fellowship with the National Endowment for Democracy where she researched the impact of Ethiopia’s anti-terrorism law on the country’s media landscape.

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Training and Compliance Graduate Assistant
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Mel is a master’s degree candidate in Public Relations and Corporate Communications at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies. Once a week, she also serves as a volunteer Program Assistant at CSJ’s homeless outreach program (HOME), helping the Georgetown Ministry staff to maintain a welcoming environment within the center. Before coming to D.C., Mel worked for three years in crisis communications and risk management for international companies at a PR agency in Brazil, the country where she was born and raised. Prior to that, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with Specialization in Journalism from Cásper Líbero University after developing a thesis about superstition and popular beliefs in the novels of Gabriel García Márquez. Passionate about international cooperation and multicultural affairs, Mel dedicates her free time to improving her five languages and reading as many contemporary fiction books as she can - especially from Latin American and African authors.

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Nakea Simon

Graduate Assistant, Alternative Breaks Program
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Nakea is a first year graduate student in Georgetown’s Master of Professional Studies in Journalism program. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Nakea attended Virginia State University where she received a B.A. in Mass Communications, with a minor in Dance. While at VSU, Nakea was actively involved in the Student Government Association and Introduction Program, engaging in both academic and co-curricular activities. At CSJ, Nakea serves as a Graduate Assistant for the Alternative Breaks Program.

Photography of Siwei TianSiwei Tian

Evaluation Graduate Student Assistant
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Siwei Tian is a first-year student in the Master of Public Policy program. She graduated from Peking University in 2017, with a B.A in Hindi and a LL.B in Sociology. While in college, Siwei focused on the problem of inequality in China. She volunteered at Beijing Volunteer Federation and worked on a program focusing on helping physically challenged people. Siwei also participated in a research carried out by the UNDP on the living status of sexual minorities in China, where she designed questionnaire and did data analysis.