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Careina Yard

MA Candidate - Film Production, Cinema Studies, Africana Studies, and Equity Studies in Education

Careina is an educator, filmmaker, screenwriter, and photographer. After graduating summa cum laude with a BS in Criminal Justice from St. John's University, her vocational pursuits shifted to education. While completing her MSEd at St. John's, Careina worked at a foster care agency as a social worker and later transitioned into a position as an education specialist. This experience significantly impacted her perspective on the educational system in urban environments. At Gallatin, Careina is taking courses in urban studies, psychology, education, and film, paying special attention to how the educational system affects African American communities. Her thesis will be a documentary film that examines the harsh realities faced by disadvantaged communities as they navigate the public school system.