Abrielle De Veaux
African American Studies 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.
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.
During Summer 2021, Abrielle will work at the Intersectionality Lab of Applied Psychology, studying the positionality of racial, gender, and sexual identities.
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.
For her future co-op at Northeastern, Abrielle wants to work in clinical psychology, either through research or in a healthcare setting.
Abrielle knows her career path will focus on strengthening and uplifting the Black community, and directly related to anti-racism.
“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.”
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- Chinma’s long-held love of reading and writing, specifically poetry, led to her to decision to major in English for her undergraduate education.
- In her first year, Chinma took Early African American Literature with Professor Nicole Aljoe. It was the first time she had a Black professor and the opportunity to share lived experiences in a new way.
- Chinma took Contemporary Poetry with Professor Eunsong Kim which explored readings that Chinma still uses today. She learned how poetry and art can affect real change, like through the Black Arts Movement.
- Chinma is co-president of Our Voices: Women of Color, which is run through the Social Justice Resource Center and the Center for Intercultural Engagement and allows her to facilitate vital conversations.
- Through Our Voices: Women of Color, Chinma attended Northeastern’s EMPOWER conference for students of color in 2019, where she gave a presentation about intersectionality.
- In her second year, Chinma took Intro to Law, Policy, and Society with Professor Daniel Urman, which gave her the chance to explore the intersection between current events and law, furthering her interest...
- Yasser was in the Foundation Year program at Northeastern. The program was a rigorous deep dive into core subject classes that helped Yasser bridge the gap between the high school and college experiences.
- Initially indecisive, Yasser’s interest in traveling and experience exploring different religious texts in high school led him to a double major in international affairs and religious studies.
- Yasser took Issues in Cities and Suburbs with Professor Erin Graves in Fall 2018. As someone deeply invested in urban life, he found the course was an enlightening look at the problems endemic to cities.
- Yasser’s first co-op was at the Boston Beer Company as a Program Operations and Event Assistant. He worked on inventory, public relations, directed brewery events, and maintained workspace organization.
- Yasser went on a Dialogue of Civilizations to Europe in Summer 2019 and took Engineering Principles in Nature with Professor Sandra Shefelbine.
- Yasser implemented and maintained community gardens all over Boston on deserted plots of land during his time as the Northeastern Campus Director for the campus’ United Nations Millennium Fellowship.
- Yasser began working at the Food Project and at a farm in Dorchester, he maintained the farm, harvested crops, distributed produce through donations and food markets, and worked on overall logistics...
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- Cooper’s dialogue, Challenges in Coastal Sustainability, and the course Ethics and Evolutionary games with Prof. Smead have been very impactful to him.
- As part of a class with Prof. Kelting on harm and aid he was able to write and submit real anti-racist curriculum for pre-schools in Boston.
- Cooper has been a PPE Peer Mentor, and he has also served as the PPE representative on the CSSH Student Advisory Council for three years.
- Cooper spent much of the summer in 2019 in Hong Kong and Malaysia on dialogue, exploring challenges for coastal sustainability.
- Cooper has had two co-ops, the first at Boston After School & Beyond, and the second at Dynasty Financial Partners, in New York City.
- He has conducted independent research projects with the Marine Science Center, for which he received a grant, as well as in philosophy.
- After graduation, Cooper is hoping to specialize in education justice, first by pursuing a Master’s in Education before teaching, and ultimately going into policy...