Africana Studies & Writing Studies Minor
Savita wants to go into the field of Black Studies as a high school teacher or a college professor and change the literary canon. She hopes to teach books by BIPOC authors.
Savita is from Boston, and a graduate of the Boston Latin School.
Originally a Cultural Anthropology major, Savita changed her major to English with a minor in Africana and Writing Studies.
Through the service-learning course Boston in Literature, Savita volunteered with 826 Boston tutoring 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 that talks about Carnival and creating/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.
“Taking the class Post-Colonial Women’s Writers was an eye-opener for me. From that class, I found that I wanted to learn more about the African diaspora and my own ancestry.”
More Student Paths
- Motivated by the struggles of her upbringing, Urbashee pursued economics as her field of study as an undergraduate at Boston University.
- Before coming to Northeastern, Urbashee worked at a public policy think tank in Washington, D.C., and obtained a master’s degree in economics at the George Washington University.
- With the guidance of Prof. Alicia Modestino, Urbashee is analyzing the impact of private and public summer jobs programs on students’ academic and future employment outcomes.
- Specifically, Urbashee is investigating whether students placed in private, as opposed to public, sector summer jobs are likely to have better employment outcomes.
- Urbashee was recently awarded a grant from the William T. Grant Foundation, enabling her to participate in research training and purchase datasets for her dissertation.
- Urbashee's goal is to become an economist who studies and finds viable solutions to the deepening issues of poverty and inequality plaguing the youth in America.
- In July, Urbashee's first co-authored economics working paper "Politicians Avoid Tax Increases Around Elections", was posted on SSRN...
- Explored fields and methods of study he had not previously encountered through classroom experiences, engagement with faculty mentors, and research across the university.
- Had an “a-ha!” moment for his dissertation topic after writing about graffiti writing and neoliberal space for Prof. Gallagher’s Globalization & the Geopolitics of Writing class.
- Supported students and engaged in professional development as a Writing Center consultant and First-Year Writing instructor.
- Served as a graduate fellow for the Center of Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research (CATLR), where he conducted a university-wide assessment of the co-op program.
- With the help of Prof. Neal Lerner, Charles conducted assessment studies across the entire Writing Program while serving as the program’s Assistant Director.
- Developed the term “GeoEthnography” for his dissertation to look at the way Boston graffiti writers make, and remake, social and public space through their rhetorical work.
- Conferenced with Prof. Poe and Prof. Gallagher to develop a seminar paper into an article for publication in a flagship journal of Rhetoric and Composition...