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)
She participated in Northeastern’s Annual Reach(OUT) LGBTQA+ Career Conference as a speaker and workshop panelist.
Rima 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.
She 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.
Rima applied the knowledge and experience she gained at NU by focusing on the social side of health and examining the social determinants that impact health.
Currently Rima is a project manager at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).
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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- 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...
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- 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...