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Hometown: Graham, NC

Roots: México and Honduras

Job Title: John M. Belk Impact Fellow

Focus Areas: Access to resources for first-generation, low-income, and/or undocumented college students

Community Leadership: International Student Ambassador in the Global Education Center at Elon University

Tyra Duque

John M. Belk Impact Fellow

Tyra Duque is currently a first-generation undergraduate student at Elon University. She is majoring in Political Science and Data Analytics with a minor in Spanish. Tyra belongs to a number of academic programs. She is an Elon Academy, Odyssey and Periclean scholar. During her time at Elon, Tyra has been conducting undergraduate Political Science research. On SURF (Spring Undergraduate Research Forum) day 2023 she presented research titled “Nuestra gente: The Negative Implications of Anti-Immigrant Policy On The Well-Being Of Latines In Alamance County, NC.” She still intends to expand her findings to include how anti-immigrant policy can affect voter participation and behaviors. Tyra has worked for Elon Academy's college access program as a Math and Chemistry tutor for high school students. She has also worked for a number of political campaigns, her latest role was as Lead Community Organizer for Ricky Hurtado for HD-63 re-election campaign. The most recent job she had was a Spanish Consultant in Elon’s Writing Center and assisted peers in writing Spanish essays. Tyra’s actions are fueled by the issues she saw in her community. Tyra looks forward to graduating in Spring 2025. She has ambitious career goals of continuing her education to become a college professor; working for a college access program; or conducting research for electoral campaigns. Tyra is excited to serve as a John M. Belk Impact Fellow at LatinxEd.