Human Service major specializing in Policy and Administration, and minor in Sociology and Latino/a, Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
Hometown: Hoboken, NJ
Part of what makes a Northeastern education special is our powerful experiential learning programs. Rooted in co-op, experiential learning exposes students to the world beyond campus and challenges them to pursue opportunities that combine study and practice.
For Lydia Vega, service learning has been a driving force in her Northeastern experience. Lydia is a senior Human Service major specializing in Policy and Administration, with a minor in Sociology and Latino/a, Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
Since the beginning of her freshmen year, she has been closely involved with the Latino/a Student Cultural Center (LSCC), and says that the Center has always been a place on campus where she could turn to for personal and academic advice.
The LSCC staff has guided her through her service learning partnerships with community organizations and group projects with the Human Services Department. As one of the LSCC's La Comunidad en Acción (LaCLA) Scholarship recipients, she has completed more than 200 hours annually of community service with local organizations as well as tutored English at the LSCC.
Her first service learning co-op was at ¿Oíste?, the first and only statewide Latino civic education organization in Massachusetts.
“I assisted them in their efforts to promote the principles and practice of democracy and to advance the political, social and economic standing of Latinos and Latinas in the state,” said Vega, who chose to partner with ¿Oíste? following a recommendation from a professor who understood where her interests lay.
As for her second co-op, Lydia decided to expand her resume to include a global experience, and spent a semester abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece as an International Student Advisor for the NUin Greece program. NUin is an innovative pre-enrollment admissions program designed specifically for spring admitted freshmen who earn credits during the fall semester in one of three international locations.
Lydia is currently wrapping up a Directed Study for her Human Services Senior Seminar Class with Professor Margaret Crooks Dickinson. Lydia, along with a small group of students, organized and launched the first-ever Youth Empowerment Showcase, which partnered with several local community organizations including the Hyde Square Task Force’s Ritmo en Acción (Rhythm in Action) dance troupe, the Tobin Community Center, and Sociedad Latina – all youth empowerment programs that leverage performing arts and cultural expression to promote leadership and positive social change.
“I’ve always been passionate about public policy, and my involvement with the LSCC and the Human Services Department has really motivated me to take action throughout my experience at Northeastern,” said Vega.
After graduation, Lydia plans to eventually pursue a masters program in Public Policy or Human Services.