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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- 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...