myrah rafi'ah beverly

Class Year: 
2022
Current Position: 
Program Assistant
Current Organization: 
The Pew Charitable Trusts

myrah is the daughter of a Singaporean mother and an African-American father and grew up in a Hispanic neighborhood in the Chicago suburbs. She graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Comparative Cultures and Politics and double minors in Korean and Spanish. As a first-generation student at Michigan State, She worked as a resident assistant and intercultural aide to help first-year and second-year students transition to college-life. myrah has also researched abroad in Belize, the United Arab Emirates, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Singapore on various community relations and the destructive effects of capitalism, including consumerism, tourism, and industrial development. At the Pew Charitable Trusts, she supports the U.S. Public Lands and Rivers Conservation team, engaging with multiple campaigns across the West with Indigenous communities to protect natural and cultural resources through the land management planning processes of the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. Outside of work, myrah enjoys volunteering her time and knowledge at food banks, homeless shelters, language exchange partnerships, and BIPOC(Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color)-led efforts for restorative justice and prison abolition.