DeEtta Cravens started her journey to the United States Foreign Service with the Charles B. Rangel Summer Enrichment Program in 2010.
While growing up in Oklahoma, DeEtta pursued every international experience she could—from representing her junior high school at its sister school in Costa Rica, to serving as a Girl Scout Ambassador in Peru, to playing with the USA Youth Soccer Team in Australia. Her passion to represent her community abroad led her to pursue international affairs opportunities in college. The Rangel Summer Enrichment program helped her explore many careers in that field which was critically important at a time when she was considering post-college plans. When reflecting on the program, DeEtta comments, “My life trajectory would have been very different without that summer; before becoming a Rangel Scholar, I had a very narrow concept of careers in international affairs.”
Following her summer as a Rangel Scholar, DeEtta went on to study abroad in Chile and Brazil as an undergraduate student, graduate with a Bachelor of Arts from Oklahoma City University, serve as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Thailand, obtain a Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, and enter the United States Foreign Service as a 2014 Rangel Graduate Fellow. She is currently serving in Venezuela as a consular officer and will serve as a cultural affairs officer in Mali beginning November 2019.