Updates on Our Co-op Students

We want to congratulated our current and former co-ops on their recent accomplishments and exciting summer plans!

Chelsea Canedy (Fall 2016 co-op) was recently inducted into the Huntington 100, a group of Northeastern graduate and undergraduate students selected for their

  • Impact on the campus community
  • Record of service, be it within the university or another community
  • Global engagement, in the form of international co-op, study abroad, or other experiential learning outside the United States
  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Entrepreneurial or innovative spirit
  • Commitment to a high level of ideals and ability to positively represent the values of Northeastern

This summer Chelsea will go on a Dialogue of Civilizations trip to Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan to study urbanization and globalization. Sokona Diallo (Spring 2017 co-op) will also go on a Dialogue trip to India and afterwards will stay to conduct a research project entitled “Love Your Melanin: Reducing the Dangerous Practice of Skin Bleaching in Black and Brown Communities”, which will explore the following objectives:

1)    Understand participants’ perceptions of skin bleaching and personal experiences with the practice. This involves collecting data on life histories, experiences, and sentiment that grounds participant’s experience with skin bleaching.

2)    Determine participants’ knowledge/ awareness of the danger of skin bleaching and how they feel the government should or should not be involved in regulating the industry.  This data creates a body of knowledge on how they access these products, where they learn about them, and when and how they use products.

3)    Identify effectively, grassroots and culturally relevant approaches to reduce the practice of skin bleaching. This objective will be informed by the qualitative data gathered from the first two objectives and rooted in an ecological framework.

Sokona will be funded by the Northeastern Provost’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors Award. In April she presented a poster at RISE:2017 Research Innovation and Scholarship Expo. Her poster was on “Per- and Polyfluorinated Chemicals: The Social Discovery of an Emerging Contaminant”.

Yvette Niwa (Fall 2016 co-op) will start the summer at Reykjavik University in Iceland, studying for her sustainability minor and then will go on to a co-op at The Trust for Public Land.

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