Avery graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2014, with a degree in political science. While there she held a volunteer position with Amnesty International as the student area coordinator for the state of Tennessee and did ESL tutoring through Bridge Refugee services, Inc., helping them create an after school tutoring program called Step Up for high school aged students who were newly immigrated. She spent the year after graduating as a Fulbright ETA in Bulgaria, working in a high school in Vidin, Bulgaria for a year.
For the summer, Avery will be working at SAFE in Kampala, Uganda. SAFE is a USAID funded project in Uganda that distributes grant money to NGO projects, provides seminars and training in peacekeeping and conflict resolution, and works on restoring land rights to Ugandans who have been internally displaced. Her work will consist mostly of conducting research related to land rights in Uganda.