Human Services, BS
Social Impact Lab Alumni
Graduated in 2018
Hannah Lee Flath transferred to Northeastern after spending her freshman year of college elsewhere. As a human services major, she found her fit on campus and quickly got involved in student organizations, campus activities, and experiential learning opportunities that have led her down a path that connects the nonprofit world with that of healthcare and development policy. Along the way, she also picked up minors in law and public policy as well as international affairs. Here is Hannah’s story…
Related Schools & Departments
Hannah transferred to Northeastern as an economics and calculus combined major. But after a meeting with Professor Lori Gardinier, that all changed.
She was pulled into Human Services by the accessibility of experiential learning opportunities available beyond co-op such as service-learning, study abroad, and research.
Human Services fit more with her interests and experiences, such as the public health and advocacy work with the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life she has done.
Hannah engaged in service-learning activities while studying public health on the Human Services Dialogue to Zambia
In Rebecca Riccio‘s course, she learned to identify key social problems and their place within the broader society through an experiential philanthropy process NS4G.
Hannah spent one of her co-ops as a Service-Learning Program Assistant for Northeastern’s Center of Community Service.
She completed another co-op with IHI, supporting the Africa Region Team’s global operations and its projects in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Namibia.
Hannah is currently a political organizing apprentice with Sierra Club.
It was in Zambia that I began to understand the connections between the nonprofit world and the world of healthcare and development policy, which has defined the rest of my academic and professional path.
More Student Paths
- Motivated by the struggles of her upbringing, Urbashee pursued economics as her field of study as an undergraduate at Boston University.
- Before coming to Northeastern, Urbashee worked at a public policy think tank in Washington, D.C., and obtained a master’s degree in economics at the George Washington University.
- With the guidance of Prof. Alicia Modestino, Urbashee is analyzing the impact of private and public summer jobs programs on students’ academic and future employment outcomes.
- Specifically, Urbashee is investigating whether students placed in private, as opposed to public, sector summer jobs are likely to have better employment outcomes.
- Urbashee was recently awarded a grant from the William T. Grant Foundation, enabling her to participate in research training and purchase datasets for her dissertation.
- Urbashee's goal is to become an economist who studies and finds viable solutions to the deepening issues of poverty and inequality plaguing the youth in America.
- In July, Urbashee's first co-authored economics working paper "Politicians Avoid Tax Increases Around Elections", was posted on SSRN...
- Explored fields and methods of study he had not previously encountered through classroom experiences, engagement with faculty mentors, and research across the university.
- Had an “a-ha!” moment for his dissertation topic after writing about graffiti writing and neoliberal space for Prof. Gallagher’s Globalization & the Geopolitics of Writing class.
- Supported students and engaged in professional development as a Writing Center consultant and First-Year Writing instructor.
- Served as a graduate fellow for the Center of Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research (CATLR), where he conducted a university-wide assessment of the co-op program.
- With the help of Prof. Neal Lerner, Charles conducted assessment studies across the entire Writing Program while serving as the program’s Assistant Director.
- Developed the term “GeoEthnography” for his dissertation to look at the way Boston graffiti writers make, and remake, social and public space through their rhetorical work.
- Conferenced with Prof. Poe and Prof. Gallagher to develop a seminar paper into an article for publication in a flagship journal of Rhetoric and Composition...