Graduate Assistants 2013 - 2014

Thalita Dias

Thalita is originally from Brazil, where she got a bachelor's degree in Communications from the Federal University of Espirito Santo. She moved to Boston in 2011 and is currently pursuing a Masters in Global Studies and International Relations at Northeastern University. Prior to graduate school, Thalita worked as a Program Manager at the Catholic University of Brasilia in Boston and as a Communications Director for the State of Espirito Santo Attorney General’s Office, in Brazil. She have also participated in actions of social and cultural integration to encourage political participation and cooperation between immigrants and Americans as a volunteer at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition and Welcoming Massachusetts. In the future, she aspires to work on international communication for development projects, focused on social and human development.

Erin McKinney 

Erin is originally from Ohio.  She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Mount Union, studying World Religions and Psychology.  She is now a Master of Divinity candidate at Boston University School of Theology in the Global and Community Engagement track and earning a certificate in Religion and Conflict Transformation. She has also traveled to Israel/Palestine and Turkey looking at how religious groups are extremely valuable in resolving conflicts and healing communities in the aftermath.  She hopes to continue to work in interfaith relations and understanding, promoting religious literacy and peacebuilding.

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Haley Jones

Haley is a native of Jackson, MS who calls Birmingham, AL her second home. She is a second year Masters of Divinity student at Boston University School of Theology. She is currently pursuing training as a mediator as well as working for her certificate in Religion and Conflict Transformation at BU School of Theology. Haley's passions for social justice, nonviolence, and restorative practice have set her on a path for discovering ways in which the world can be transformed through authentic dialogue. She believes that creating intentional space for conversation is crucial for understanding and appreciating the diversity of our world and continues to look forward to the way those spaces can be developed at Northeastern University.

Samual Kalisa

Samuel completed a Master Degree at Brandeis University in Coexistence and conflict Resolution. Born in Tanzania but originally from Rwanda, him and his family went back to live in their origin country Rwanda when he was 15 years old. He is very passionate to find and be a part of how to make people in the world to understand their differences and respect each other and also find solutions of their disputes through peaceful means. He has experience in different countries like Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi and Ethiopia where he worked and studied or did his practicum. He worked at Radio Rwanda as Journalist where he created a peacebuilding and reconciliation program, and then he joined Lutheran World Federation (LWF) as community development coordinator. LWF is a faith based NGO that played a big role to create Interfaith groups which was approved as one of the most good tool to a very positive impact in terms of reconciling Rwandans. Later he joined Rwandans allied for Peace and progress where he served as project manager, overseeing a project which was promoting peace, development and health through theater groups and drama pray as tool to educate community. As Program associate of CSDS/SJRC, he is eager and passionate to contribute promotion of religion coexistence and social justice to the NEU student community with no regards of their field from Scientist to Art, social and humanities field.