Tyra Gravesande is a 20 year old first generation Guyanese-American from Edison. New Jersey and a rising Junior Comparative Women’s Studies major attending Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Tyra is a passionate and proactive advocate for women’s health, reproductive rights and safety, social determinants in black and brown communities, climate change for the indigenous, and the overall criminal justice reform for BIPOC individuals. This is evidenced by her relentless work with National Action Network, National Council of Negro Women, the Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics, and many more.
Tyra has served as a fellow of the Yale University Sherwin B. Nuland Institute of Bioethics, a participant in the Susan B. Wilson New Leadership Program, the current Chief of Staff for the National Black Action Committee and is currently a 2020-2022 Next Generation Leadership Institute HBCU Reproductive Justice Fellow. On Spelman’s campus, Tyra is avidly involved as her main goal is to continue to cultivate and foster the love for her HBCU. She serves as the Co-Community Service Chair for National Council of Negro Women, the Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program E-Board, a Spelman College Social Justice Fellow and the Membership Development Chair of Gifted Girls of Grace, Inc. It is her mission as a student advocate, activist, and leader to bring awareness to the systems of oppression and genocide that are infesting our society, particularly in our marginalized communities and to hold accountable those who are oblivious to the injustices within our world.
She is excited to begin fostering her recent passion for environmental justice and fight to close the gap among BIPOC communities that suffer from the surrounding injustices that play a key role in the environmental disadvantages that avidly harm these communities.