Graduated in 2020
Daniel Bowler grew up in Arlington, Virginia. Having grown up so close to Washington D.C., he had always been intrigued observing the work of the state and federal government. In his junior year of high school, he had the opportunity to take a sociology class—and he fell in love with the subject and the way it taught him to see and think about the world. He found himself thinking about what he was learning in this class all the time and trying to apply the concepts to gain new perspectives in his everyday life. When he was applying for university, he had no doubt that Sociology was what he wanted to study, and the co-op program further cemented his interest in attending Northeastern. Daniel believes that having social science degrees can be an advantage for people as they look for jobs in a variety of skills, however many social sciences students lack opportunities to exercise their practical skills, as well as apply their theoretical knowledge—Northeastern offers these unique opportunities. At NU, Daniel was a Sociology major with a minor in Criminal Justice, which allowed him to shape his education to prepare him for the investigative work in law enforcement that he longed to do.
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Daniel took “Human Trafficking” with Professor Amy Farrell. He was inspired by her anti-trafficking law research and her emphasis on humanizing trafficking victims—seeing them as people, not statistics.
Daniel played ultimate frisbee every year of undergrad and helped develop NU’s program from only 30-40 players to over 100. He loves how the sport’s culture emphasizes spirited play and good sportsmanship.
Daniel’s first co-op was as Assistant Investigator with the MA Inspector General’s Office. His first taste of investigative work included surveillance, looking into potential cases, and email analysis.
Sometimes co-op can show you what you don't want to do. During Daniel's second co-op doing compliance work at Boston Private Bank, he realized he preferred working in the public sector.
Daniel took “Race and Pop Culture.” Here he learned how to effectively communicate arguments and the value of being open to having your ideas challenged by other perspectives.
Daniel took a photography class as an elective with Professor Luis Brens during his first year, sparking Daniel’s interest in photography. He now does professional wedding photography as a secondary job.
Daniel’s final co-op was as Assistant Investigator with the local Medicaid Fraud Control Unit doing corroboration and analytical tasks. It inspired him and set him on his current professional path.
Daniel’s capstone project was a video essay on far-right extremism and how white supremacy furthers its agenda within American police departments. He was granted the Social Justice Award for his project.
Daniel now works as Financial Investigator in the Virginia Attorney General’s Office. Looking into potential Medicaid provider fraud, he stops any healthcare proprietor from exploiting Medicaid patients.
“The sociology program taught me how to develop effective arguments in my writing, how to write on interesting topics in a way that hooks people, and how to take feedback from others to improve on my writing. Because of all the writing I had to do, when I went out and tried to get jobs, I had piles of documented evidence to show people that I really know what I’m talking about. After graduating from Northeastern, I was able to immediately get the kind of position I wanted.”
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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...
- Casey took “Global Markets and Local Cultures'' with the late Professor Jeffrey Juris. After traveling, she saw how the coursework mirrored reality, and knew her education was preparing her for the world.
- Casey went on a DOC to Argentina and Uruguay. She wanted to become fluent in Spanish, and she did become highly proficient while living in Buenos Aires and visiting the glaciers of the Patagonia region.
- Casey did her first co-op at the Museum of Fine Arts as a Community Arts program assistant. She gained valuable hands-on experience assisting in arts classes for the local communities.
- Casey joined the Sociology & Anthropology Student Association during her third year. It allowed her to get to know her fellow students and mirrored the small school experience she loved.
- Casey studied abroad in Nepal for her capstone thesis. She lived alone for a month while she researched and wrote about the lived experience of climate change in the lower Himalayas.
- Casey joined the Sunrise Movement, an environmental group that organizes protests urging political action for climate justice issues. With them, she truly felt like a part of the local Boston community.
- Casey worked for the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, founded by Professor Sarah Wylie. She produced promotional videos, developed a virtual research event, wrote event programming, and more. ..
- Northeastern has provided Sunita with interdisciplinary opportunities to utilize her education in the Greater Boston community, on co-op, and abroad.
- Sunita spent Summer 2019 on a Dialogue of Civilizations in Jordan and Egypt. It helped her realize her interest in Middle East politics and the Arabic language.
- Her favorite class, Revolution, Civil War, and Insurrection taught by Professor Risa Kitagawa invited students to question the motives behind acts of violence against governments.
- Her first co-op was at the Institute for Economics and Peace in Sydney, Australia where she analyzed data on the corruption of police forces in Mexico.
- Her second co-op at Enel X provided insight into battery storage, solar and wind farms, demand response, and the economic incentives that drive the energy market.
- In spring 2019, Sunita joined the Student Alliance for Prison Reform as well as Partakers, a partner of the club, where she mentored a prisoner at MCI Concord.
- Sunita is a member of the International Relations Council and has traveled abroad with the club to compete in Model Arab League, Model NATO, and Model UN conferences...
- 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...