Business Administration, BA
Africana Studies Minor
As a marketing analytics and finance major with an Africana Studies minor, Zainab has been empowered by her educational experience at Northeastern to support economically disadvantages peoples on their journeys to financial independence through the pursuit of her career goals.
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Zainab has always been interested in studying blackness and the African Diaspora—her experience discussing these topics during Advanced Policy Debate team in high school introduced her to the subject.
Zainab was drawn to NU's co-op, study abroad programs, and many degree options. She ultimately declared a Business major with an Africana Studies minor as an Honors Student.
As a research assistant for Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Zainab worked in collaboration with the ADVANCE office to study how COVID-19 impacted the career path of female professors in STEM.
With the International Affairs Program, Zainab conducted research on Middle Eastern women and how their educational opportunities have changed over the years.
She is the VP of Sisters in Solidarity, the black women's coalition on campus. She loves having a black women's support system on campus.
Zainab is also the VP of Marketing for Women in Finance. She truly appreciates the community of women who share their experiences and accomplishments in business school, as well as the alumni network.
The COVID-19 pandemic made Zainab realize how much she values human interaction, but also made her realize there are many ways to connect with people.
For her co-op, Zainab was a marketing assistant at the startup LearnLaunch Accelerator, a small venture capital fund that focuses on EdTech companies and provides accelerated programming.
One of Zainab's favorite classes was Possession, Divination, and Sacrifice in the African Diaspora with N. Fadeke Castor. Being from the Yoruba culture, she enjoyed learning about Yoruba religion.
Zainab plans to go on another co-op in Fall 2022 related to finance or real-estate.
In the future, Zainab is interested in getting involved in the real estate field, as well as UX/UI Design.
“The Africana Studies professors are some of the most generous, kind, and understanding faculty I have met at Northeastern. They understand where students are coming from, and they prioritize your mental health and overall wellbeing first. They make sure you are getting the most out of the course and getting a collaborative experience, rather than getting talked at. It is a more holistic approach to education.”
More Student Paths
- 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...