Currently, there are over 260 students pursuing Human Services majors and minors.
This summer of 2014 Gemma Bonfiglioli will be working with Professor Lori Gardinier on a research project exploring the impacts of international volunteerism on the server and on the served. The objective of this research initiative is to explore the practice of international volunteerism through two different perspectives and examine whether this practice is mutually beneficial and what the outcomes are for community members and servers.
Northeastern University encourages and provides the opportunity for a large population of students to participate in international volunteer work, making this project highly relevant. Gemma participated in a Dialogues of Civilizations program in Zambia directed by Professor Gardinier in the summer of 2013 where she carried out direct service work at a local non-profit organization, Fountain of Hope with the aim of implementing a capacity building project to increase the organization’s self sufficiency and empowerment. In addition, during the Dialogue, NEU students were grouped with students from the University of Zambia to develop and implement a Youth Summit Workshop directed at young orphaned children to educate them on basic life skills. This research initiative will enable Gemma to interview, question and challenge the staff members at Fountain of Hope and the University of Zambia students on their experience working in collaboration with the Northeastern group and their perception on international volunteers.
Gemma will be collecting qualitative data in the form of individual interviews and focus groups in Kenya and Zambia in order to present a comparative analysis. Professor Gardinier and Gemma applied for the provost research award and the undergraduate research initiative in order to help assist her with funding for the logistics needed to be taken in order to efficiently collect data. The rewards will help her fly to Zambia and fund her accommodations once in Zambia.
Gemma is truly grateful and more than excited to have the chance to return to Zambia, discover Kenya and expose the views of community members and service workers. She hopes to collect data that will help influence and shape the practice of international volunteerism for the better in the future, so we can work collaboratively and effectively with communities towards community development and social change.
As part of the Entrepreneurs Club’s Husky StartUp Challenge spring 2013, Shivangi Shah (2015) and Kate Pipa (2013) created genius.box, a monthly themed box of STEM (science, technology, education, and mathematics) activities delivered monthly right to subscribers’ doors packed with projects and learning opportunities. genius.box is trying to bring hands on learning along with a curiosity and passion for education home. Shivangi and Kate won second place for their remarkable innovation. They are hoping that they will inspire the next generation of kids to be passionate and curious about STEM and will enable them to to tackle the challenges of tomorrow, today.
Watch a video about genius.box from this year’s EmpowerFest here.
Christie Civetta (2015) reflects on her experience with the Human Services program. My experience so far at Northeastern University has been nothing short of amazing. It has provided me with countless opportunities to experience once in a lifetime international adventures. For example, I was able to work teaching English at Orphanage Outreach in the Dominican Republic through our Alternative Spring Break program in 2011. Additionally, in 2012, I spent my first co-op abroad in Africa working as a Co-Facilitator and Office Administrator for a family preservation organization by the name of Proud2b Me Foundation. Both of these experiences have not only been incredibly helpful in achieving a better sense of my academic direction, but have also provided me with a space to experience the world and grow as a person. My next plan is to Study Abroad in Beijing, China in the spring semester of 2013. I would highly recommend embarking on one of Northeastern’s many international opportunities with the Human Services program.
Christie Civetta (2015) and Sarah Croteau (2015) write about their Alternative Spring Break in the Dominican Republic. Read more here.
Heather Viola (2015) is the Gideon Klein Scholar. Heather Viola, is a Northeastern student pursuing a combined major in International Affairs and Human Services within the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. She is a devoted vocalist and sings in The Northeastern University Choral Society and Chamber Choir and in The Zamir Chorale of Boston. She also works at a nonprofit organization in Cambridge providing social services to victims of domestic violence. Read more about Heather here.
Heather is the recipient of the Wendy Breen Kline Award from the Office of Alumni Relations. This award was named in honor of Wendy Breen Kline, BB’84, PAH’88, for her leadership as a Northeastern student, as well as her service as NU Alumni Association Board President. Through Heather’s commitment to social justice, community service, and academic integrity, she demonstrates the same type of leadership and volunteer spirit that Wendy embodied.
Jennifer Gamez (2014) first became interested in public health when it was introduced to her in the Human Services Professions course. As a result, she decided to pursue a pre-medicine track, in order to better bridge the gap between social factors and health care disparities. Jennifer is completing a co-op (Spring 2013) abroad in Faridabad, India where she observes medical procedures at a charitable hospital located in an under-resourced community. Jennifer also teaches the children within the community at the Morning Light School. Both these experiences have reinforced her desire to pursue her M.D. in a holistic manner, which incorporates socio-economic factors in order to better treat under-served communities.
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When Julie Greengard (2013) found out she would be researching happiness on co-op with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Switzerland, she was overjoyed. Naturally. Read the full article here.
Frank Marino, (2013) a student with a strong passion for youth work, advocacy, and empowerment, got the opportunity to meet and interview CEO and Founder of Be The Change Inc, Alan Khazei. View his video interview here. Find out how you can be a Big Citizen and help change the world at Be the Change.
Frank was awarded the 2013 Compass Award, which recognizes nine outstanding seniors who, during their time on campus, have demonstrated a true commitment to a core set of values: leadership, volunteerism, academic integrity, and commitment to Northeastern.
Katty Mojica-Martinez (2013) was born in Boston but was raised in the Dominican Republic. She returned to the Boston area to attend Dorchester High School to pursue her education. She always dreamed she would go to college. Northeastern University was always the school Katty noticed everyday on her commute to school. Seeing all the events and happy faces on campus built a desire to attend Northeastern, a university that was so close to home for her. Coming from a low-income family, being homeless and working three jobs to maintain herself, she thought it would never be possible. Yet thanks to the Torch Scholarship Program, Katty was able to attend Northeastern University without the worry of financial circumstances.
As a full time student, she was able to progress in her own career path as a Human Services Major with a Business Minor and she hopes to succeed and make the world a better place one person at a time. She always had a desire to work in the corporate world, more so for the security and economic stability, until she was enrolled in the Human Services Professions course when she realized where her passion and future career was. Helping others kept Katty motivated and determined to finish her chosen educational path.
While here at Northeastern, Katty completed about 600 hours of community service work with various organizations such as Hyde Square Task Force, Boston Rescue Mission, Teen Empowerment, United South End Settlements, Sociedad Latina and much more. Katty also completed an international co-op with N.U.inProgram in Greece, a study abroad program through NEU that takes incoming freshmen abroad during their first semester of school. Katty was able to lead them in this experience, facilitate and organize their community service experience with organizations in Greece, and teach a globalization course on poverty, cultural awareness and global issues.
Molly Hagan (2012) was the recipient of a Summer 2011 Provost Undergraduate Research award. Her proposal on “Microcredit in San Jose Villanueva: a case study of Mentores and its clients” was awarded funding.
Kijana Rose (2012) completed a co-op at two schools in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu teaching some 150 sixth and seventh-graders packed in a tiny classroom. Kids raised hands, drew pictures, voiced opinions, all of them eager to learn. Kijana could not have been more surprised by her students.
After returning to campus from her experiential learning opportunity in May, she expressed interest in a career as a teacher and a social worker in one of Africa’s international post-conflict zones. Read the full article here.
Abby Wagner (2012) was the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Co-Op Education Award due to her amazing accomplishments during her Co-Op assignment. Every year shortly before commencement, Northeastern University recognizes the accomplishments of a number of its seniors who have had outstanding co-op experiences while at the University. See the excerpt from the Co-op Award Program here.
Abby has also been awarded a 2012 Compass Award. Each year, nine Compass Awards are presented to students who have demonstrated a commitment to the following set of core values: leadership skill, volunteerism, academic integrity, and commitment to Northeastern. See the excerpt from the Compass Award Program here.
Danielle “Nellie” Moore, (2011) an International Affairs and Human Services major, is working for the Harpswell Foundation in Phnom Penh, Cambodia as a Leadership Resident. There, she is living with university women, teaching English and assisting with the programming of the dormitories. Nellie has received a Presidential Global Scholars Award from Northeastern to support this project. Read more from the NU Voice Article. Currently, she is on a Princeton in Asia fellowship in Ho Chi Minh City, improving road safety one helmet at a time with the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation. More information about Princeton in Asia can be found here.
Helen Schroeder, (2011) an Art and Human Services major, found the perfect co-op at the Pine Street Inn working with artists who taught classes for the residents of New England’s largest homeless shelter. The Boston Foundation supported Schroeder’s co-op position, as well as the Pine Street Inn’s art program. Helen won the 2012 Boston Association for the Education of Young Children (BAEYC) award in the category of “Physical Environment” at the 11th annual Early Educators Awards Gala. Read more about her work here.
Tamara Yaqub (2011) is currently the NPO Support Center Coordinator at King Khalid Foundation in Saudi Arabia. She is responsible for organizing workshops that aim to build the capacity of employees working in the non-profit sector in Saudi Arabia. In addition, Tamara acts as the Events & Operations Leader at RIYADH+acumen, a self-organized, volunteer-led group that seeks to inspire and empower like-minded individuals in Riyadh who are passionate about supporting Acumen Fund’s mission to create a world beyond poverty.
Excerpt from Heather’s Co-op Faculty nomination by Nancy Tavares
Heather Porriello (2011) is the embodiment of all attributes imperative to do this kind of work; i.e., selflessness, commitment, compassion, and a desire to help make a difference for those who are at risk and less fortunate than most. She works tirelessly to contribute to our society and is dedicated to service. When she spoke about her experiences at the Italian Home, the class was amazed at the amount of work and responsibility she took on. While working at her co-op positions, Heather volunteered at the Elizabeth Stone House (a women’s shelter), the Department of Children and Families as a case reviewer for children in the foster care system and as a tutor for the after school program LEARN, located within the Lenox housing development. She also participated in an alternate Spring Break in 2009 in Jamaica and in the Dialogues of Civilization in Northern Ireland, again working with children from various backgrounds. Additionally, she has been a Corps member for Jumpstart, teaching inner city children and has recently applied for the AmeriCorps NCCC program.
Krupa Asher (2011) will be traveling to Bandung, Indonesia through the Institute for International Education where she will be interning with a non-profit in economic development while taking language and culture classes at the local university.
Chelsea Stine (2011) is a Teach for America Corps Member and special education teacher, in New York, New York. Watch Chelsea talk about her experience and her passion for AmericaCorp and Teach for America here.
Josh Marguiles (2011) continued to work with his last Co-Op, Risk Solutions International, doing emergency and crisis management and was immediately given the huge responsibility of being a project leader for two major projects, with the Teachers College at Columbia University and Summit charter schools in Ohio. He is also currently enrolled in graduate school at Boston University Division of Medical Sciences for a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Emergency Management. Nothing prepared him more for multitasking on large projects or with his graduate courses than the education he received from NU and the Human Services program. Between his passion for helping others and his need to be in a fast-paced, high stress environment, he can confidently say that Northeastern and the Human Services program were a perfect fit.
Lydia Vega (2010) was awarded the LSCC Civic Engagement award. In addition, Lydia received the Terry Mena award for promoting social justice and political awareness. Lydia was also granted the LaCLA certificate of completion in recognition of her commitment to academic excellence and community service. Lastly, she was given a certificate of award for successfully completing the Latino/a, Latin American and Caribbean Studies minor.
NEU Admissions Spotlight – Lydia in the Spotlight
Ryan McCarthy (2010) was previously the Program Coordinator for the Youth Development Initiative Project (YDIP) at Northeastern University, now he works for currently works for Let’s Get Ready. While at Northeastern, Ryan completed two co-ops, both of which were tremendously beneficial to his education and career. For his first co-op, he worked as a teacher’s assistant at the Patrick Lyndon Charter School in West Roxbury where he learned the challenges associated with the public school system. His second co-op was with his current employer, YDIP, which was not only a challenging but rewarding experience as well. Ryan believes that the hard work put into his co-ops and human services coursework contribute to where he is today. He is working toward a master’s degree in school counseling from NEU’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences. He is interested in pursuing a career as a guidance counselor, and one day hopes to become a high school principal.
Read more about the work Ryan did at YDIP here.
Read the full article from the News @ Northeastern here.
Scarlett Trillia, (2010) the daughter of immigrants, was thrilled to combine her academic interest in worker cooperatives with a co-op in her father’s homeland, Argentina.
Read the full article NU Voice 10.02.09 “Co-op Experience in Argentina” here.
Kate (Anna) Janisch (2009) completed her Masters in Public Health from Northeastern University and is currently working toward becoming a registered dietician (RD). She works in the food services department at Brookline Public Schools as the acting their administrative assistant. She is also a research assistant at Northeastern for the Public and Population Health studies and is interning with the nutrition office at Community Servings in Jamaica Plains.
Julie Miller (2009) took full advantage of her undergraduate career were she was a Service-Learning Teaching Assistant, a Tour Guide with the Admissions Center, a Residential Assistant, co-lead several service and social justice-oriented student organizations, and worked as a fitness instructor within Campus Recreation. Julie was named one of “100 Most Influential Seniors” in 2009 and was honored by the NU’s Spiritual Life as a recipient of the Wendy Breen Kline Award. Following graduation, she worked with Lori in facilitating multiple Dialogues of Civilizations. Julie is a recent graduate of The University of California, Berkeley, where she pursued a Masters in Social Work were she received the “Big Ideas Berkeley” Award and The Rose Kleiner Award in Gerontology. Julie is the director and producer of “Vibrant Aging: The Original Film” and “Vibrant Aging: Despite Everything,” both nationally-screened films spurring a new conversation about aging in America. Currently, Julie is a Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) AgeLab and an Adjunct Instructor within the Northeastern University College of Professional Studies.
Jennifer Ryan (2009) first became involved in non-profit development and fundraising during her senior year at Northeastern, through an internship at Rosie’s Place, a Boston sanctuary for poor and homeless women. Currently, Jenn is a Development Coordinator in the Massachusetts General Hospital Development Office, working closely with the Mass General Cancer Center’s volunteer boards and councils, as well as the Cancer Center’s annual fundraiser, the one hundred.
Tanya Simon (2009) began work as a Congregate Shelter Case Manager & Housing Advocate with Middlesex Human Service Agency, Inc. in a program dedicated to serving homeless families in and around Boston, and in 2010 became the Programs Director of the Boston based Scattered Site Shelter, Short-Term Subsidy & Temporary Accommodations Programs for MHSA, Inc. In January 2012, Tanya returned to school to pursue a Masters Degree in Social Work at the NYU Silver School of Social Work in Manhattan. Tanya is currently a Clinical Intern at the Safe Horizon Brooklyn Community Program, providing Crisis Intervention and Supportive Counseling to individual victims of violence.
Barbara Civill (2008) is the Hyde Square Task Force as the Manager of School-based and Cultural Programs. In this role, she oversees all of Hyde Squares school partnerships, their Music Program, and their After School Program.
Megan Krell (2007) completed her MA and PhD at University of Connecticut and is now an Assistant Professor in human services and counseling at Fitchburg State University.
Jessica Thompson (2007) works at The New England Center for Children previously in Abu Dhabi and now in Southboro, MA working with children with various degrees of autism. She is in a classroom with a number of children who have never been in a school setting doing needs assessment and one-on-one instruction.
Kate Marple (2006) is the Manager for Marketing and Communications at the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership at The George Washington University. She previously worked as a Communications Officer at the MA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. She holds an MSc in Nationalism Studies from the University of Edinburgh.
Tracy Walters (2004) has completed her MSW at Boston College and is now working as a Youth Counselor for the Town of Westwood. Tracy’s primary responsibilities are: child/adolescent counseling, leading social skills groups for kids (k-5) and single parent support groups, overseeing high school Mentor program.