Criminal Justice and Psychology, BS
Graduating in 2022
There are two pivotal reasons why Princess Dyer became interested in law. One, at age 9, she was intrigued after learning how her grandmother went through the U.S. naturalization process, and two, she loved playing the board game Clue. An Ohio native, she had never heard of Northeastern University before, but when she learned more about the opportunities, research, and faculty network waiting at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, she knew she had found the program she wanted to be in.
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Princess’s combined major in criminal justice and psychology allows her to look at cases and answer questions of why things happened the way that they did, considering psychological processes and behavior.
In her first year, she volunteered with Jumpstart and worked with students in low income preschools, an experience that reminded her of her passion for mentorship and representing marginalized communities.
In 2018, she took Criminal Due Process with Professor Roderick Ireland, which led her to visit courts, hear from attorneys, and sit in on cases. It only reconfirmed her passion for law.
The following semester, she was an office assistant at the NUSL co-op office. She thrived under the guidance of her advisors who encouraged her to learn about the opportunities for law students.
She became a peer mentor for criminal justice and psychology majors, using her academic expertise in both the majors and her personal interest in mentorship to help other students navigate their work.
While taking Criminal Justice Research Methods with Professor Russell Wolff, she proposed a research plan on social media and legal proceedings and hopes to pursue it in the future.
Her first co-op was at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston as a legal support intern where she worked with paralegals and attorneys through trial prep, witness meetings, and mock hearings.
In the same semester, she was accepted as a member of Alpha Phi Sigma, the only Criminal Justice Honor Society accredited by the Association of College Honor Societies.
She took Psychology of Crime in Fall 2020, led by PhD student Andrea Wexler, and was blown away by how it played directly to her interests by combining criminal justice research topics and psychology.
Princess wants to work as a public defender in the future, intending to start law school right after graduation, knowing her experiential education and skills from NU has helped solidify her passion.
“[My co-op] has already helped a lot, considering I’m pursuing a law and public policy minor, too. I feel like having the background knowledge, like, I know exactly how a paralegal works through this discovery, that’s been really helpful, just knowing the behind the scenes of how things are actually working.”
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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...