Tyanna identifies as a Black woman with many passions and skills. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in African-American Studies from Marquette University (MU). While a student at Marquette, Tyanna worked for the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee for 5 years in roles ranging from volunteer mentoring to youth program coordination. After graduation, Tyanna served in two AmeriCorps Programs-Public Allies and Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) working with youth and assisting with community development efforts. She also served two terms as a Health, Water, and Sanitation Volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Ghana, West Africa.
Tyanna is the Assistant Director of Service Learning at Marquette University. She is responsible for developing new community partnerships, maintaining relationships with 100+ community partners, managing a student leader staff, and helping faculty and local organizations work towards mutually beneficial partnerships. Tyanna co-leads a dynamic reflection series creating space for service-learning students to critically reflect on their coursework and service. She also serves on the Diversity Advocates Committee at MU, co-developing curriculum and facilitating sessions with MU faculty and staff on diversity and inclusion issues. Tyanna is also pursuing a graduate degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Her interests include community engagement, multicultural student affairs, and international education/study abroad programming.
In addition to her work at MU, Tyanna remains active in the Milwaukee community. She is a Community Outreach Coordinator with the Black Lens Program, a cultural pillar of a national film organization, Milwaukee Film. When time permits, Tyanna supports pregnant women as a birth doula, help facilitate youth programs, and other local projects focused on building a positive narrative of Milwaukee.