Political Science, B.S.
Graduated in May 2020
Sarah Goodman, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, grew up interested in the world around her and knew that she wanted to study the mechanisms of law and policy in order to help people. Throughout her time at Northeastern, she put her interests into practice during her co-ops, starting with a small law firm in Boston and later with the Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit at the U.S. Attorney’s office. Sarah graduated from the College of Social Sciences and Humanities in May 2020 with a BS in Political Science, and minors in International Affairs, Law and Public Policy. She is currently attending the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.
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From a young age, Sarah took a liking to politics and their place in the world and its various institutions. When she came to Northeastern, it was clear she'd pursue political science.
Classes with Professor Denise Garcia in international law and global governance helped Sarah realize her interest in the broad spectrum of political science which would help her draft her senior thesis.
The law office of Mark D. Cooper was Sarah's first co-op where she was given the opportunity to work with clients from many different backgrounds and assist them in obtaining their immigration benefits.
In the summer of 2017 Sarah completed the Civilizations dialogue with Professor Michael Hoppmann visiting 14 cities in 5 weeks. The impact of the sites on present day became clear through her trip.
Sarah found her second co-op within the narcotics and money laundering unit at the U.S Attorney's office. She learned that her career could have an earnest impact on the daily lives of those she serves.
In her senior year, Sarah published her thesis, combining her academic experience in political science with her experiential learning experience in law and public policy.
In April 2020, Sarah’s hard work on her senior thesis was presented at Northeastern’s Research, Innovation, Scholarship, and Entrepreneurship (RISE), and CSSH’s undergraduate research forum.
Sarah is now a Law student in the Carey Law School at the University of Pennsylvania. She will be graduating in May 2023 and hopes to pursue another position at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
“Northeastern is a school with so many opportunities – some you have to seek out, some that are thrown in your face. Take advantage of these opportunities, get involved in the things that you are passionate about, and use these four or five years to expand your worldview. You will never have the opportunity again to travel to different countries around the world, move to another city for six months for a co-op, and make friends from all over.”
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- 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...