Ashley Hamilton is a proud native of Flint, Michigan. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. While at Spelman, Ashley spent one semester in Brazil learning Portuguese and researching the role that natural hair plays in identity politics amongst Afro-Brazilian women. Additionally, Ashley served as a captain on the Spelman College/Clark Atlanta University Debate team, as well as competed in the Harvard Model United Nations conference in Rome, Italy. Following her undergraduate matriculation, Ashley enlisted in the Peace Corps. She served as an Education volunteer in Mozambique where she taught English at the secondary school level and gained experience in grassroots development. Outside of the traditional classroom, Ashley dedicated her time to cultivating a theater group comprised of local students who used the outlet to discuss pressing social issues in their community. She utilized that platform to encourage critical thought and discussions surrounding a number of issues, including malaria prevention, women’s rights, and gender-based violence. The experiences that Ashley gained during her time in the Peace Corps helped guide her to a career in International Development. Throughout her time in the Global Human Development program, Ashley aspires to build upon her understanding of the developing world while, simultaneously, engaging the socioeconomically disadvantaged communities within the D.C. area. Ashley is a proud Donald Payne International Development Fellow and, as such, will begin a career with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) following her time at Georgetown.
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