Administrative Intern

Zyra Dent recently graduated from North Carolina Central University in May 2024 with a BA in Mass Communications, concentrating in Public Relations. A distinguished scholar, Zyra is a Mellon Grant Scholar and a 2024 ColorComms Fellowship recipient. She also received the Best Student Feature Reporting award at the 2023 Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas (RTDNAC) for her radio report on NCCU’s first Mellon Grant.

In her free time, Zyra enjoys braiding her hair, socializing with friends, and exploring Durham's rich cultural landscape. Influenced by a family deeply involved in civic engagement, she is passionate about helping others and aspires to leverage her communications expertise to benefit the community. Zyra has a long-term goal of investing in real estate to create low-income housing for single parents and college students.

Previously, Zyra worked as a Communications Intern at Duke University’s Department of Medicine in their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion office. In this role, she assisted in planning and coordinating events to promote DEI initiatives and conducted research to identify best practices in communication strategies. Her career in communications began as a Production Assistant Volunteer for WNCU Radio, where she contributed to creating written stories on news and public affairs across the Triangle area and assisted with pre-production tasks such as research, scriptwriting, and guest coordination.