Center for Social Justice Graduate Assistants 

2018 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. Throughout summer 2018, Tyra is serving at U.S. Embassy Ghana in the Political Section with a focus on Human Rights. From 2016-2017, Tyra completed a 10 month Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She departed 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 empowering and instilling the black community with cross-cultural tools to study abroad, with purpose. Tyra has continued her work on identity politics, with building transnational relationships through studying, serving, and working abroad in Argentina, Uruguay, Haiti, South Africa, the Dominican Republic, and Ghana. Upon her graduation from Georgetown in 2019, Tyra will be entering the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer.

Kai Bernier-ChenKai Bernier-Chen

Graduate Assistant, DC Schools Project
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Kai Bernier-Chen is a first year MPP candidate at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. Born in Canada and raised in Hawai’i, Kai is fluent in English, French, and Mandarin Chinese. He attended Bard College where he majored in political studies and worked for the Bard Prison Initiative, an education program which provides college degrees to qualified incarcerated individuals while they serve out their sentences. Upon graduating, Kai moved to New York City where he briefly worked in political consulting before transitioning to do community outreach for Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. While there, he also continued following his passion for social justice issues by tutoring teenage students who had contact with the criminal justice system.

Photograph of Alexander ChavesAlexander Chaves

Graduate Assistant, Curriculum and Pedagogy
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Alexander is a first year graduate student in Georgetown’s M.A. in Conflict Resolution program. He received his B.A. of Political Science and a certification in International Relations at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Within the Conflict Resolution program he is interested in minority relations throughout the united states, particularly LGBTQ+ and immigrant rights. He formerly worked with the University of Florida on their diversity task force and Presidential LGBTQ+ task force to aid the university in its mission to be a diverse and safe place for all its students. He is currently interning on Capitol Hill. After completing his degree at Georgetown, Alexander hopes to continue on to get his Ph.D. and aid the US government in race relations and other domestic policy issues.

Photograph of Yaolin ChenYaolin Chen 

Graduate Assistant, After School Kids Program
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Yaolin Chen is a master student in Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture and Technology program. Born and lived in China for 25 years, she was a non-profit officer and media researchers. As an media activist, Yaolin have organized a series of art performances, events and social media campaigns on women and LGBTQ rights. She was also a  media freelancer for Caijing Magazine and NGOCN.net. Her current concerns are gender equity and LGBTQ’s laws and policy , education equity in digital learning, disinformation and civil society.

Photograph of Jasmine CurtisJasmine Curtis

Conflict Resolution Graduate Student Assistant
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Jasmine is a first year graduate student in Georgetown’s M.A. in Conflict Resolution program. Originally from London, UK, Jasmine received her B.A. in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge. While undertaking the Conflict Resolution MA, Jasmine hopes to focus on religious and cultural conflict. Jasmine recently interned at the Quilliam Foundation, and while she was there was involved in facilitating inter-faith discussions and workshops with teenagers in London. While at both high school and college Jasmine enjoyed volunteering as an English and Maths tutor in her spare time, working primarily with children who did not speak English at home.  

Photograph of Armani EadyArmani Eady

Graduate Assistant, DC Reads/STEM
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A scholar, activist, and educator, Armani Eady is a Masters of Educational Transformation student at Georgetown University. She accredits her passion for social justice, activism, and education to her hometown of Harlem, New York City. Armani recently graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a Bachelors in Political Science. Throughout her undergraduate career, she served in many capacities as a student advocate. In her freshman year of college, she founded her university’s first multicultural organization for collegiate women of color. In her sophomore year, Armani’s activism was ignited by her passion for diversity and inclusion as she led her university in establishing its first Office of Diversity and Inclusion, to include the installment of the Chief Diversity Officer. Professionally, she has worked for local and state political offices on issues related to education, housing, and criminal justice reform. More importantly, she was inspired by her work as an ELA co-teacher in New Orleans, LA. Witnessing the educational disparities that her students faced, Armani decided to dedicate her career to transforming K-12 education. In her own words, “In a time where education is in need of a radical change, the opportunity to be one of the voices that will help education bend towards progress is an opportunity I welcome.”

2018 Photography of Abby FramAbby Fram

Graduate Assistant, Finance and Administration
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Abby Fram is a second year graduate student in Georgetown’s Conflict Resolution Program. Originally from Arlington, Virginia, she is interested in gender and post-conflict reconstruction. Before coming to Georgetown, she taught English in a suburb south of Paris for the French government’s Teaching Assistant Program in France. She has also interned at the International Peace and Security Institute, as well as at the Embassy of France in their press and communications department. She holds a BA in International Affairs from James Madison University.

Photograph of Camila Jorge do AmaCamila Jorge do Ama

Graduate Assistant, DC Reads
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Camila is a Brazilian second year Latin American Studies graduate student pursuing a concentration in government at the Walsh School of Foreign Service. She has a B.A. in International Relations and has previously worked with the government of the State of São Paulo, in the Department of Social Development with early childhood development policies, and in the Department of Justice with child labor issues and refugees. Camila became passionate about child development policies and literacy projects when she participated in expeditions to community libraries of the Amazon region while working with a local NGO. 

Alexandra Muñoz

Graduate Assistant, Training & Compliance
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Alexandra Muñoz is a first-year graduate student in the Global Human Development Program. She spent the past 6 years working with communities in Latin America, where she served as a Peace Corps volunteer and then went on to found a grassroots non-profit organization. Her work was focused on topics including gender-based violence, environmental justice, and sustainable development. Alexandra started a financial literacy program for rural women—resulting in the establishment of a community banking system and support network for survivors of gender-based violence. She also partnered with the municipal government of Quito to develop efficient recycling systems that protect the dignity of the city’s waste-pickers. Alexandra graduated from Boston College in 2011 with a B.A. in Sociology. She is interested in the ways in which development systems can improve resiliency through community organizing that is both inclusive and empowering to those most affected by socio-economic and environmental shocks.

Photograph of Kayla Owens Kayla Owens

Graduate Assistant, Communications/Outreach
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Originally from Albany, NY, Kayla Owens is a first year graduate student in Georgetown’s M.A. in Conflict Resolution program. She received her B.A. in Peace, Global Security and Conflict Resolution from the School of International Service at American University. Her concentration in the Conflict Resolution Master’s program, is Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Peacebuilding. Kayla recently interned for Senator Chuck Schumer in his Democratic Diversity Initiative, and in the Office of Equal Employment and Minority Affairs at the Smithsonian Institute. She most recently worked in Communications/Members Outreach for Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

Photograph of Camille ParkerCamille Parker

Graduate Assistant, Evaluation
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Camille Parker is a first-year student in the Walsh School of Foreign Service Global Human Development program. Camille is joining the cohort after working for one year in rural Uttarakhand, India as a William J. Clinton Fellow. In India, she worked at Avani, a women’s handicraft cooperative, where she strengthened its domestic and international market linkages, forge productive partnerships with fair trade organizations and funding agencies, and expanded the organization’s monitoring and evaluation capabilities. Prior to living in India, Camille worked in the Survey Research Center at Deloitte Consulting in Washington, DC, where she completed a variety of program evaluation projects for clients including USAID, the Defense Health Agency, the International Youth Foundation, and Anza. Camille graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2015. While there, her studies focused on sustainable development and transnational history, and she had the opportunity to present her research on Laotian and Iraqi refugees as a Presidential Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. As a graduate student, Camille is excited to further explore the role of sustainable social enterprises and fair trade in promoting equitable, inclusive growth for marginalized populations, particularly rural women.

Photograph of Mary Jane ReeseMary Jane Reese

Grauduate Assistant, Social Justice Curriculum and Pedagogy
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Mary Jane is a second year doctoral student in the Georgetown SCS program. She received her B.A. in History from Mount St. Mary’s University and her MALS from Georgetown University. Mary Jane has recently worked as a corporate recruiter, but her favorite job has been working as a substitute teacher in both nursery and elementary schools. She’s originally from Brooklyn, NY but has been living in Maryland long enough with her husband and sons that she considers herself a Washingtonian. Mary Jane is interested in studying the impact of service learning and mentorship on at-risk students in urban schools.

Photograph of Jimmie Robinson IVJimmie Robinson IV

Graduate Assistant, Alternative Breaks Program
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Jimmie Robinson IV is currently pursuing a Master of Professional Studies degree in Georgetown University's Sports Industry Management program. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, he is interested in helping former student-athletes advance their careers and social influence; both domestically and abroad. In addition to interning with the Washington Redskins, Jimmie is a Certified Contract Advisor with the Canadian Football League and has founded Underdog Sports Inc., a marketing company dedicated to helping athletes gain further opportunities to advance their professional careers and community impact. Jimmie holds a B.S. in History from Bowie State University and an M.A. in Law and Business Management from Regent University School of Law.

Photograph of Diana WinterDiana Winter

Graduate Assistant, Reseach
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Diana Winter is a first-year student and Coverdell Fellow in the Walsh School of Foreign Service Global Human Development Program. Diana recently returned to the Washington, D.C. area after two years as an English Education Specialist with the Peace Corps in Ethiopia where she worked to expand the community’s English-language capacity as a direct teacher and technical trainer in a rural high school. She also worked to implement female-empowerment programming throughout Ethiopia as the Outreach Coordinator for the post’s Gender and Development Committee. Before moving to Ethiopia, Diana attended the College of William and Mary where she worked for three years at a research institution called AidData on a survey project aiming to understand the impact of development organizations on reform outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. After completing her degree at Georgetown, Diana hopes to continue doing research on education reform and policy in the developing world.