Abrielle De Veaux
African American Studies Minor
Behavioral Neuroscience Minor
Abrielle always knew that she wanted to be an African American Studies major or minor as an undergraduate. Over the past few years, she became increasingly concerned about the impact the pandemic, hate crimes, and police brutality have had on the mental health of marginalized communities, particularly Black Americans. Ultimately, it has fueled her motivation to pursue psychology for her own career path, and to advocate for intersectional practices in psychology so everybody can access support during difficult times now and in the future.
Abrielle transferred to Northeastern from American University during her second year, and decided to become a Psychology major and African American Studies minor.
Abrielle was drawn to Northeastern because of the co-op experience as well as hearing positive things about the administration's efforts to prioritize Black voices.
As a transfer student, her first priority was to find community on campus where she could be unapologetically Black - which led her to the Black Student Association. She is now VP.
For her first co-op, Abrielle worked as a research assistant at the Center for Cognitive and Brain Health, doing blood processing, data management and organization, and administering cognitive assessments.
Abrielle began working with Professor Nicole Aljoe as a researcher with the Early Caribbean Digital Archive. She continues this research and finds it greatly rewarding.
So far, Abrielle's favorite classes include Introduction to African American Studies and Black Popular Culture with Professor Fadeke Castor.
In 2021, Abrielle interned at The Opportunity Agenda, a social justice communications lab.
Although her entire first year at Northeastern was remote, Abrielle feels that with rigorous testing and protocols, she was still able to have a college experience.
In September 2021, Abrielle joined the Shansky Lab of Neuroanatomy and Behavior as a research assistant.
For her future co-op at Northeastern, Abrielle wants to work in clinical psychology, either through research or in a healthcare setting.
Abrielle knows that her career path will uplift and strengthen the Black community. Her career interests are neuropsychology, cognitive decline, psychotherapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
“It is one of the greatest misconceptions in academic spaces that African American studies degrees don’t hold much weight. These programs are worthwhile, particularly for non-Black individuals, because they allow you to see outside of yourself and glimpse into the lives of other people and communities. To be able to take an academic and informed point of view on someone’s condition is necessary for any career path you choose. Moreover, unlearning engrained belief systems and world views is just as important as learning is in both academic and works settings–lives depend on it.”
More Student Paths
- Savita is from Boston and is a graduate of the Boston Latin School.
- Originally a Cultural Anthropology major, Savita later became an English major with minors in Africana Studies and Writing Studies.
- Through the service-learning course, Boston in Literature, Savita volunteered with 826 Boston to tutor in English. She is now a service-learning teaching assistant.
- For her final project in Post-Colonial Women's Writers with Professor Aljoe, she researched Carnival and its cultural significance to Trinidad and Tobago.
- Inspired by Professor Aljoe, Savita joined the Early Caribbean Digital Archive, working on an exhibit about Caribbean Carnival and creating and gathering teaching materials.
- In 2020, she began a co-op with the Africana Studies program to learn more about the field of Black Studies.
- Savita wants to work to better her own community. In the future, she hopes to become a high school teacher or a college professor. ..
- Andrew grew up in Japan, and decided to pursue his undergraduate degree back in the U.S.
- Andrew applied to Northeastern as a Business major. As his high school career came to a close, he became more interested in Japanese politics, history, and social issues.
- When thinking about what truly engaged him, Andrew felt that Asian Studies and Political Science was a better fit and switched his major to Asian Studies.
- Andrew connected with Professor Daniel Aldrich after meeting him at a presentation of his book at the institute for social sciences at Tokyo University.
- From his first day of classes, Professor Aldrich encouraged and helped Andrew get involved in research projects.
- During his first semester, Professor Aldrich paired Andrew with Tim Fraser, a PhD candidate in Political Science with strong interests in disaster resilience in Japan.
- With Tim, Andrew collected biographical information on the committee members on all the reconstructional committees on municipal, prefectural, and national level. ..
- Emerson wanted a contextualized Political Science degree, and applied to Northeastern specifically for the PPE (Politics, Philosophy, and Economics) program.
- "Introduction to Economic Justice" with Professor Serena Parekh was one of Emerson's favorite courses, allowing her to study economic justice from a philosophical lens.
- Emerson was accepted by the Roosevelt Institute to do financialization research at Northeastern, examining economic priorities.
- Emerson also started a research thesis her freshman year to look at the link between modern dystopian literature and the the rise of female-led political movements.
- When Emerson found out about the HCL (History, Culture, and Law) major, she was immediately interested in adding the major to enhance her PPE studies.
- The Culture & Colonialism concentration allowed Emerson to double-credit and to develop the breadth of knowledge needed for someone who wants to work at the State Department.
- In January 2020, Emerson founded NU's Interdisciplinary Women's Collaborative (IWC) with the help of mentor and advisor Heather Hauck...
Charles T. Wallace-Thomas IV
- Charles chose to attend Northeastern because he was intrigued by the signature co-op program and wanted a curriculum that combined real-world experience without compromising thorough academic rigor.
- Initially an engineering student, Charles switched to a combined major in Economics and Mathematics to build upon his interest in economic and social justice work. He also has a minor in psychology.
- In his first year, Charles took Sustainable Renewable Energy Development in the Global South with Professor Shalanda Baker, which taught him to question systems as they exist, no matter how established.
- As part of the Ujima Global Leaders Program through the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, Charles did community service, working on the Timebank team which helped him give back to Boston.
- For his first co-op, Charles split his time between the Center for Economic Democracy and the Boston Ujima Project, where he analyzed studies on community needs, like infrastructure and childcare.
- As Campaign Coordinator and Director of Northeastern’s Students Advancing Intersectional Dreams, Charles had spoken to people like Patrisse Cullors, Richie Reseda, Michelle Alexander, and Angela Davis.
- Over the summer of 2020, Charles was one of the co-creators of the #BlackAtNU campaign where he advocated for racial literacy courses and for a restorative and transformative justice center on campus...