Human Services, BS
Social Impact Lab Alumni
Akiera Gilbert came to Northeastern University with the intention of being a doctor, but found her passion in human services. Her coursework took her deeper into social change; working with faculty and fellow students, she developed and presented her research on one of America’s most overlooked crises, human trafficking. The activities Akiera engaged in allowing her to take on increasing responsibilities in making change happen. Here is Akiera’s story…
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Human Services highlighted the social, political, and economic circumstances that shape people’s lives in a major.
Human Services served as the foundation for her career in social impact.
Adding a minor in Global Social Entrepreneurship helped her to become a changemaker.
Courses in the major provided her with an overview of how nonprofits and other organizations function to work towards social change.
During the Cape Town Dialogue of Civilization, she participated in a micro-enterprise consulting program in partnership with TSiBA.
The University Scholars program gave Akiera a research grant to delve into the history of sex trafficking in the US.
After graduation, Akiera was selected to be an AIF Clinton Fellow in Mumbai, India.
As the Mid-Atlantic Outreach Manager at Code.org, she helps expand access to computer science in schools and increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities.
“Although we are all working with organizations that have very different aims, we all connect our work and learn from one another’s experiences.”
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- Motivated by the struggles of her upbringing, Urbashee pursued economics as her field of study as an undergraduate at Boston University.
- Before coming to Northeastern, Urbashee worked at a public policy think tank in Washington, D.C., and obtained a master’s degree in economics at the George Washington University.
- With the guidance of Prof. Alicia Modestino, Urbashee is analyzing the impact of private and public summer jobs programs on students’ academic and future employment outcomes.
- Specifically, Urbashee is investigating whether students placed in private, as opposed to public, sector summer jobs are likely to have better employment outcomes.
- Urbashee was recently awarded a grant from the William T. Grant Foundation, enabling her to participate in research training and purchase datasets for her dissertation.
- Urbashee's goal is to become an economist who studies and finds viable solutions to the deepening issues of poverty and inequality plaguing the youth in America.
- In July, Urbashee's first co-authored economics working paper "Politicians Avoid Tax Increases Around Elections", was posted on SSRN...
- Explored fields and methods of study he had not previously encountered through classroom experiences, engagement with faculty mentors, and research across the university.
- Had an “a-ha!” moment for his dissertation topic after writing about graffiti writing and neoliberal space for Prof. Gallagher’s Globalization & the Geopolitics of Writing class.
- Supported students and engaged in professional development as a Writing Center consultant and First-Year Writing instructor.
- Served as a graduate fellow for the Center of Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research (CATLR), where he conducted a university-wide assessment of the co-op program.
- With the help of Prof. Neal Lerner, Charles conducted assessment studies across the entire Writing Program while serving as the program’s Assistant Director.
- Developed the term “GeoEthnography” for his dissertation to look at the way Boston graffiti writers make, and remake, social and public space through their rhetorical work.
- Conferenced with Prof. Poe and Prof. Gallagher to develop a seminar paper into an article for publication in a flagship journal of Rhetoric and Composition...