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.

Photograph of Alexander ChavesAlexander Chaves

Conflict Resolution Graduate Student Assistant
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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 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.  

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Emily Cotton

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Emily is an MA candidate in the Learning and Design Master’s program.  Her undergraduate degree is in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Art K-12. In her personal career as an educator, she has endeavored to create environments of community, inquiry, and self-government. Some of her experience includes co-creating Georgetown’s Teaching Practicum Residency I course for the Education Transformation: learning and Teaching Master’s program, student coordinator for online advising at BYU-I, co-founder of Shumway Academy, Art teacher, and The Nature Academy mentor.  Emily also taught as an Adjunct Education Professor instructing practicum students in Educational Psychology and Principles of Teaching where the focus was on exploring different learning theories and practices that build autonomy and intrinsic motivation.

2018 Photography of Kiersten DeHavenKiersten DeHaven

Graduate Assistant, STEM Afterschool/DC Reads
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Kiersten is a second year student in Georgetown’s 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.

2018 Photography of Abby FramAbby Fram

Graduate Student 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. 

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

Evaluation Graduate Assistant
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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.

2018 Melissa Panteliou PhotographyMelissa Panteliou

Graduate Assistant, Training and Compliance
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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 Homelessness Outreach Program (HOME), helping the Georgetown Ministry staff to maintain a welcoming environment within the center. Before coming to DC, Mel worked for three years with crisis communications and media relations for international companies at a public relations 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 writing a thesis about superstition and popular beliefs in the novels of Gabriel García Márquez. Mel is passionate about international cooperation and multicultural affairs, and aims to focus her career in communications for causes.

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 Student 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

Reseach Graduate Student Assistant
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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.