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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Charles T. Wallace-Thomas IV
- Charles took "Sustainable Renewable Energy Development in the Global South" with Professor Shalanda Baker, which pushed him to further question systems as they exist, no matter their entrenched in society.
- He did community service as part of the Ujima Global Leaders Program through the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute. He worked on the Timebank team, helping give back to local communities.
- Charles split his time for his first co-op between the Center for Economic Democracy and the Boston Ujima Project, where he analyzed studies on community needs, including infrastructure and childcare.
- He was one of the co-creators of the #BlackAtNU campaign and advocated for racial literacy courses and a restorative and transformative justice center on campus.
- Charles made his own research project- a macroeconomic index to measure democratic participation in municipal economies, partnering with NU, the Columbus Foundation and the Center for Economic Democracy.
- He worked at the Participatory Budgeting Project as a Program Associate, helping city systems and other organizations actively decide how to invest money across different spaces.
- Charles graduated in 2022. ..
- Casey took Global Markets and Local Cultures. After traveling, she better saw how the coursework mirrored real life, and knew her education was preparing her for the world.
- She went on a DOC to Argentina and Uruguay, and become highly proficient while living in Buenos Aires and visiting the glaciers of the Patagonia region.
- Casey completed 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 local communities.
- She 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.
- She 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.
- Casey graduated in 2020. ..
- Sunita took Revolution, Civil War, and Insurrection, taught by Professor Risa Kitagawa. The course invited students to question the motives behind acts of violence against governments.
- She traveled on a Dialogue of Civilizations to Jordan and Egypt; while there she grew interested in Middle East politics and the Arabic language.
- Sunita worked at the Institute for Economics and Peace in Sydney, Australia, where she analyzed data on the corruption of police forces in Mexico.
- Sunita was a member of the International Relations Council and traveled abroad with the club to compete in Model Arab League, Model NATO, and Model UN conferences.
- Sunita conducted research with Berna Turam, developing a greater understanding of the Mediterranean migrant crisis. She also researched the feminist response to Covid-19 with Val Moghadam.
- She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2022.
- 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 his high school and college experiences.
- He 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 enlightened look at the problems endemic to cities.
- Yasser joined the Boston Beer Company as a Program Operations and Event Assistant for his first co-op. He worked on inventory, public relations, brewery events, and workspace organization.
- He implemented 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 maintained a farm in Dorchester for The Food Project. He harvested crops, distributed produce through donations and food markets, and worked on overall logistics.
- In 2020, Yasser won the Community Service Leadership award, given to students who show exemplary community engagement. He was recognized for his work at The Food Project, Northeastern Crossing, and more.
- He graduated 2022 with his Bachelor’s in International Affairs and Religious Studies and his Master’s in Security and Resilience Studies, through Northeastern’s PlusOne program...