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Student Profiles: Tyra Beaman, C'2016

Summer Internship Prepares Sophomore for New Academic Year

International Studies and Sociology double major Tyra Beaman, C'2016, is preparing for a promising academic year, thanks to an intensive, eight-week summer internship program that helped strengthen her core writing, speaking and critical thinking skills.

This summer, the associate Social Justice Fellow and sophomore class council president served as a 2013 Moton Fellow with The Gloucester Institute in Richmond, Va., 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, Va., 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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