African American Studies Minor
Asiah found value in African American Studies as a minor not only in getting in touch with her roots and identity, but also in the multicultural nature of the classes.
Asiah came into Northeastern as a Nursing major, but quickly switched to a Psychology major. She began her African American Studies minor in her sophomore year.
Asiah joined SIS (Sisters in Solidarity) in her sophomore year and stayed with the group through her junior year. She loved celebrating Black womanhood and bringing things from the classroom to the group.
During her Human Services dialogue to London, Asiah took classes while doing an internship where she worked with young adults experiencing homelessness and mental illness.
One of Asiah's favorite courses at Northeastern was The African-American Experience through Music with Professor Eric Jackson, where she learned about the Slave Bible for the first time.
Asiah's two fields of study often overlapped. For example, she took a sociology course which discussed implicit bias, and then took an AFAM class with Gia Barboza where they also discussed implicit bias.
The pandemic and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement inspired Asiah to go back into nursing post-grad. She plans to use her Psychology and African American studies knowledge in the field.
“One day I was reading about human development, the next day I was reading about Maria Stewart.”
More Student Paths
- 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...