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Alumna Contributes to Anthology About the Trials and Triumphs of Women of Color

May 3, 2024

Tyra Jean
Tyra Jean ’20 B.A. (Soc)/’21 M.P.A 

Tyra Jean ’20 B.A. (Soc)/’21 M.P.A. has contributed to an anthology that portrays the duality of the challenges and triumphs women of color experience in leadership roles. The alumna is one of 29 co-authors featured in “Our Stories Belong in History” (Ingram Sparks, 2024), which was conceptualized and developed by Elizabeth Leiba.  

The book covers a broad spectrum of disciplines including sociology, psychology, anthropology and political science. It includes leadership and entrepreneurship strategies for diverse women. 

“Collectively, our aim is to inspire and empower present and future leaders to embrace ownership of their narratives,” says Jean. “For too long, the narratives about our communities have centered on the hardships we've endured. ‘Our Stories Belong in History’ takes back our voice to speak our truth—of the beauty we've nurtured, the wisdom we've gained, and the boundless potential we've cultivated through it all.” 

After completing an M.P.A. at Maxwell, Jean returned to New York City where she pursued a career as a runway and print model. She currently works as a business insights analytics and engineering consultant at the Kubrick Group. She has also founded a digital self-care boutique, Naturally Verified Co., consisting of a holistic health and beauty brand and an accompanying podcast. 

“The Maxwell School has empowered me to cultivate a sociological imagination, enabling me to comprehend and empathize with diverse groups and individuals,” she says.

By Carina Sarracino

Communications and Media Relations Office
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