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. 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.

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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.

Photography of Kiersten DeHavenKiersten DeHaven

STEM Afterschool/DC Reads Graduate Student Assistant
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Kiersten is a second year student in the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Global Human Development Master’s program where she is a Social Enterprise and Innovation Fellow. This is her second year working with the Center for Social Justice with DC Reads and STEM. In addition, she has organized Peace Corps chats for interested Georgetown students at the CSJ. The summer between her first and second year of pursuing her masters, she consulted for a social enterprise in Ethiopia working on last mile distribution and female entrepreneurship. 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 Abby FramAbby Fram

Conflict Resolution Graduate Assistant
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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.

Weiting PhotographyWeiting Li

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.

Melissa Panteliou PhotographyMelissa Panteliou

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 Homelessness 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 with crisis communications and media relations 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. Mel is passionate about international cooperation and multicultural affairs, and aims to focus her career in communications for causes.