Human Services, BS
Social Impact Lab Alumni
Graduated in 2017
Exploring the full breadth of Northeastern’s experiential learning opportunities along with participating in research, Rima Sheehab discovered her passion for social justice with a special interest in health equity. Her major in the Human Services program allowed her to create a network and bring awareness to the magnitude of health disparities. Here is Rima’s story…
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Rima created a path of engagement by using the local and global opportunities that Northeastern’s Human Services program provided.
Specialization in community health taught her about the “upstream” approach to healthcare— a holistic lens which considers the effect of individuals’ environments on their health.
Alternative Spring Break to the Cherokee Nation helped her learn more about revitalization efforts and health effects of rural poverty and food deserts.
Extensive coursework helped her tackle health equity issues in various contexts and diverse communities with confidence.
On a DOC Rima volunteered at Vision of Hope in Zambia, where she worked with young women to further their knowledge of basic reproductive health & hygiene.
Rima was a leader of the Pan Asian American Queer Alliance (PAAQA)
Participated in Northeastern’s Annual Reach(OUT) LGBTQA+ Career Conference as a speaker and workshop panelist.
Graduated magna cum laude with minors in Health Sciences and Global Social Entrepreneurship, and a specialization in community health.
After graduation, Rima joined IHI as a full-time Project Coordinator on the Africa Team.
Collaborated with 13 major healthcare systems to test international health innovations in U.S.-based hospitals.
Her human services background has prepared her to facilitate challenging conversations about health equity in the U.S. and across the world.
Applies the knowledge and experience she gained at Northeastern by focusing on the social side of health and examining the social determinants that impact population health.
Rima’s work and daily life at Northeastern helped her both understand that health is a human right and recognize health disparities in relation to socioeconomics, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation.
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- Law school is a big investment. That’s why Chinma was attracted to NU and the co-op process, which has allowed her to experience the legal environment before committing to the practice.
- Chinma’s long-held love of reading and writing, specifically poetry, led to her to decision to major in English for her undergraduate education.
- In her first year, Chinma took Early African American Literature with Professor Nicole Aljoe. It was the first time she had a Black professor and the opportunity to share lived experiences in a new way.
- Chinma took Contemporary Poetry with Professor Eunsong Kim which explored readings that Chinma still uses today. She learned how poetry and art can affect real change, like through the Black Arts Movement.
- Chinma is co-president of Our Voices: Women of Color, which is run through the Social Justice Resource Center and the Center for Intercultural Engagement and allows her to facilitate vital conversations.
- Through Our Voices: Women of Color, Chinma attended Northeastern’s EMPOWER conference for students of color in 2019, where she gave a presentation about intersectionality.
- In her second year, Chinma took Intro to Law, Policy, and Society with Professor Daniel Urman, which gave her the chance to explore the intersection between current events and law, furthering her interest...
- 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 the high school and college experiences.
- Initially indecisive, Yasser’s interest in traveling and experience exploring different religious texts in high school led him to a double major in international affairs and religious studies.
- Yasser 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 enlightening look at the problems endemic to cities.
- Yasser’s first co-op was at the Boston Beer Company as a Program Operations and Event Assistant. He worked on inventory, public relations, directed brewery events, and maintained workspace organization.
- Yasser went on a Dialogue of Civilizations to Europe in Summer 2019 and took Engineering Principles in Nature with Professor Sandra Shefelbine.
- Yasser implemented and maintained 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 began working at the Food Project and at a farm in Dorchester, he maintained the farm, harvested crops, distributed produce through donations and food markets, and worked on overall logistics...
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- Cooper’s dialogue, Challenges in Coastal Sustainability, and the course Ethics and Evolutionary games with Prof. Smead have been very impactful to him.
- As part of a class with Prof. Kelting on harm and aid he was able to write and submit real anti-racist curriculum for pre-schools in Boston.
- Cooper has been a PPE Peer Mentor, and he has also served as the PPE representative on the CSSH Student Advisory Council for three years.
- Cooper spent much of the summer in 2019 in Hong Kong and Malaysia on dialogue, exploring challenges for coastal sustainability.
- Cooper has had two co-ops, the first at Boston After School & Beyond, and the second at Dynasty Financial Partners, in New York City.
- He has conducted independent research projects with the Marine Science Center, for which he received a grant, as well as in philosophy.
- After graduation, Cooper is hoping to specialize in education justice, first by pursuing a Master’s in Education before teaching, and ultimately going into policy...