Beverly Leon

Beverly is graduate reading for a MSc in Comparative Social Policy. She received her BA (hons) in History from Columbia University.

Prior to studying at Oxford, Beverly worked as an equity capital markets analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York City. She later decided to pursue professional football and signed her first professional contract in Iceland, for Stjarnan Kvk. Since then, she has gone on to play for AC ChievoVerona in Italy and for Sunderland Ladies AFC in the UK. Her experience as a professional footballer has given her first-hand knowledge of the gender inequalities that persist throughout sport worldwide. She hopes to counteract these inequalities by designing, evaluating, and implementing policies that work to close the gender gap and support greater inclusion for historically marginalized groups within society.
Beverly’s primary research interests are in education and community mental health / well-being initiatives. She looks forward to investigating how increased access to and participation in sport and other athletic endeavors might be better integrated into educational and health policy initiatives to improve later-life outcomes.
As an undergraduate, Beverly examined Dr. Kenneth B. Clark's intellectual understanding of social psychology and how it influenced the founding and formation of Harlem’s Northside Center for Child Development. In analyzing the theoretical underpinnings of Dr. Clark’s work, she discovered how social policy debates in the United States in the mid-twentieth century, particularly surrounding education and community healthcare initiatives, continued to influence policy decisions decades after implementation. Beverly also served as a programme coordinator for Level the Field NYC and an Undergraduate Teaching Fellow for Columbia University’s ‘Freedom and Citizenship’ Programme, two nonprofits working to provide equitable access to higher education for students from underserved communities.
Beverly is a member of Green Templeton College and competes for the Oxford University Blues Women’s Association Football Club. She also serves as Treasurer of the Kofo Collective, Oxford’s first society for women of African diasporic descent. To learn more about Beverly's background, please visit her LinkedIn profile. 

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