Political Science, BS
Juan’s family immigrated from Colombia to Chelsea, Massachusetts when he was a child. Growing up, he witnessed and experienced hardships and disparities within the Hispanic community which motivated his passion for public service. With his goal of pursuing public service in mind, Juan was excited to take advantage of the opportunities to learn from Northeastern’s faculty and gain direct experience in politics.
Related Schools & Departments
Juan began his studies in Political Science at Bridgewater State University before transferring to Northeastern in January 2017.
During his transfer process, Juan had his heart set on Northeastern due to the co-op program and the prominent professors within the Political Science Department.
Juan took Research Methods in Political Science which examines the range of research methods and designs used in political science. Juan found the course critical for developing effective rhetoric.
Juan interned for the Mayor of Salem, Kimberley Driscoll, in Summer 2016. As a Legislative Intern, he researched the impact that short-term rentals and ride-sharing applications have on communities.
He especially enjoyed the course Public Policy and Administration, which analyzes the structure of and dynamics inherent in public policymaking and public administration in the United States.
Juan was so impressed with Professor Dukakis that he served as his student assistant after taking the course. He conducted guided research and coordinated meetings between government officials.
In 2018, Juan went on co-op as a Legislative Intern for Senator Edward Markey. While there, he conducted research with the foreign policy team on nuclear non-proliferation and reported on current issues.
Juan served as a Student Delegate in the U.S. Congress-Republic of Korea National Assembly Exchange Program in Seoul, South Korea in Summer 2018. He researched unification efforts of the Korean Peninsula.
He went on a Dialogue of Civilizations in Geneva, Switzerland in Summer 2019. He spent two months at the United Nations Office, engaging with world-renowned diplomats and scholars.
Juan graduated from Northeastern in 2019, and will continued his education as a Truman Scholar in the Summer Institute held in Washington, D.C. in 2020.
Currently, Juan is serving as Campaign Manager for Kim Driscoll's bid to become Lieutenant Governor.
The experiences I gained at Northeastern have really set me apart in the public sector. Not only have I developed the skills to write a great research paper or policy memo, but I can put those skills into action.
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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...