International Affairs, BA | Political Science, BA
Erin attended high school in Long Island, NY where she was involved with the Model UN team, FIRST Robotics team and the French Honor Society. Through her experiences in Model United Nations, she realized not only the diversity of the world around her, but also how similar people are across nations. This, combined with community volunteer work, a passion for human rights, public speaking, and learning about different cultures, helped to kick-start her ambitions to work internationally. Erin is a combined International Affairs and Political Science major, with minors in Asian Studies, History and Japanese. In Erin’s words, “I’ve always wanted to do something with my life that would make the world a better place.”
Erin chose to study International Affairs and Political Science because of her fascination to learn about a variety of places and the ability to work on issues that affect people worldwide.
Erin states that Northeastern was the perfect place to pursue her degree, as the Co-op program and Dialogues gave her the window to explore the outside world.
Co-ops and Dialogues brought her to explore Japan, South Korea, Hungary, and Serbia. Without this experience, her academic trajectory would have led her down an incredibly different path.
Transformative coursework included International Law with Professor Denise Garcia. Professor Garcia was extremely engaging and the class solidified her interest in pursuing international law as a career.
Experiential learning has enabled her to cultivate a complex understanding of how workplaces differ between cultures. She worked in nongovernmental organizations in Boston, Korea, and Serbia.
Erin's experience on her Dialogue in Japan was life changing. When she returned, she started Japanese language classes and Japanese and Japanese-American relations.
Erin also embarked on the United Nations Dialogue to Geneva, Switzerland with Professor Denise Garcia, a dream come true and incredibly invaluable experience.
Civic engagement at Northeastern includes being an active member in the International Relations Council (IRC) and Head Delegate at the travel team conferences which enabled her to sharpen debating skills.
Erin was an active member in Northeastern’s International Relations Council (IRC), where she served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Board. She was a member of IRC’s competitive travel team and Head Delegate at several conferences. Competing on the IRC’s Model UN and Model Arab League teams enabled her to sharpen skills and learn more about the complex political situations in each country represented. Erin engaged in a mentorship with the younger students on the team. In Erin’s words, “I cannot understate how much love I have for my teammates and what we do, and the amazing sense of community that I have found within Northeastern as a result of my participation on the team.”
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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...