American Sign Language and Psychology Combined Major, BS
Spanish Minor, Film Production Minor, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Minor
Chantel Haigler (she/her, they/them) chose Northeastern University because it was one of the few East Coast colleges that even offered an American Sign Language program, while still giving her opportunities to explore other interests. Chantel is an American Sign Language and Psychology combined major and holds three minors in Spanish, Film Production, and Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Since their sister graduated from Northeastern in 2010, they were familiar with the university and knew it would support their interdisciplinary academic prospects.
Chantel's double major in ASL and Psychology helps her specifically work on linguistic access for the deaf and hard of hearing community.
In Fall 2018, Chantel organized and facilitated a collaborative workshop between the Northeastern Black Student Association and Latinx American Student Organization, to discuss Afro-Latinx identity.
Chantel’s first co-op experience was made up of two part-time jobs as a Program Assistant at the Center for Intercultural Engagement and as a Research Assistant at the Phonology & Reading Lab.
In Spring 2019, Chantel was Campaign Coordinator of Students Advancing Intersectional Dreams (SAID) where she worked to make a more equitable system within the university community.
Chantel studied abroad her third year in Costa Rica and Greece, then did an exchange program in Washington, D.C. at Gallaudet University, which is specifically for the deaf and hard of hearing community.
In Fall 2020, Chantel took The Nonprofit Sector, Philanthropy, and Social Change with Professor Rebecca Riccio, where she engaged in tough conversations on social change.
Chantel took Global Social Enterprise with Professor Dennis Shaughnessy In Spring 2021. They delved into different case studies and were encouraged to question our current social systems.
Chantel is the Public Relations Chair for the Interpreting Club where they manage their social media accounts and ensure all awareness posts are captioned and have image descriptions for accessibility.
Chantel hopes to pursue a graduate education that will solidify a long-lasting career in the non-profit world, specifically doing work in and around social justice.
“Northeastern connected me with very cool like-minded, but different-interested people. What I mean by that is having people who want to change the world in some way and who have perfected their craft and their area in which they want to do. So having lunch with computer science people, international relations people, and students studying economics was really cool—meeting people who are passionate about their craft that I never would’ve met otherwise.”
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...