B.A./M.A. in English (PlusOne program)
Graduated in 2017
Joanne DeCaro Afornalli has embarked upon her Master’s degree in the English department through the “Plus One” program. She came to Northeastern as an undergraduate transfer student in Fall 2013.
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As a research assistant to Professor Ryan Cordell, Joanne became the Community Outreach Leader for NULab’s Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive project and was awarded a fall 2014 CSSH Dean’s Office Undergraduate Research Grant to support her attendance at the Bucknell Digital Scholarship Conference, where she presented on best practices for public Digital Humanities projects. Joanne, who holds a degree in photojournalism from the Brooks Institute of Photography (California), has had co-ops at Marie Claire (New York) and the investment firm T. Rowe Price (Baltimore), as well as holding a position as a tutor in Northeastern’s Writing Center. She credits her experience at T. Rowe Price with opening her up to multimedia communications and storytelling possibilities outside of news venues, such as advertising and public relations.
In one of Joanne’s first graduate seminars, “Opening the Archive,” she took the opportunity to bring together interests in photography, writing, and community outreach, with two seminar projects: an archival study of publicity photographs for Shakespeare’s play The Tempest by Welsh photographer and surrealist artist Angus McBean (1904-1990), and a proposal for a Digital Humanities project that would collect narratives by former inmates in the Los Angeles County jail system. In fall 2015, Joanne headed to a co-op in Massachusetts Governor Baker’s Press Office, where she again combined writing, photography, and video. Joanne has been offered a position with T. Rowe Price upon graduation but is not sure yet what her path will be—working in a multimedia setting or continuing her studies toward a doctorate.
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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...