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Student Profiles: Tyra Beaman, C'2016

Summer Internship Prepares Junior for New Academic Year

International studies major Tyra Beaman, C’2016, soared on Capitol Hill the summer of 2014. As a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation intern, Beaman worked in the Office of U.S. Congressman John Lewis, where she learned about the legislative process, attended professional development events, and participated in leadership development projects. While on Capitol Hill, Beaman and other CBCF interns learned about leadership and careers in the policymaking process. 

Established in 1986, the intensive, nine-week summer program is designed to increase the pool of talented public servants and prepare young people to become informed decision-makers and influential leaders who shape the world.

Beaman is no stranger to hard work, in the summer of her sophomore year, she served as an associate Social Justice Fellow and sophomore class council president. In 2013 she became a Moton Fellow with The Gloucester Institute in Richmond, Virginia, where she collected oral history and conducted research on the late Robert Russa Moton, Ph.D., the Virginia-born educator and author who succeeded Booker T. Washington as the head of Tuskegee Institute in 1915. Beaman spent time at the Holly Knoll/Moton Conference Center in Glocester, Virginia, creating the Commemoration Project highlighting Dr. Moton's life. She compiled stories, artifacts, documents and contacts to create a pamphlet that will soon be used as a booklet or introductory piece for guests at Holly Knoll and the Moton Center in Gloucester.

The Gloucester Institute trains and nurtures emerging leaders. There, scholars receive support to conduct intensive research to discover the best solutions to the social, economic, and political problems facing the African-American community. International Studies major Sydney Mance, C'2016, also participated in the program.

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