Tyra Gravesande

Premedical Division Region 4 Director

Tyra Gravesande is a 21 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, Policy
Director for BlackGirlEnvironmentalist, the Education Director for For the Menstruator,
Operation Period Team 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 Spelman MAPS (Minority Association for Premedical
Students), 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