Khailah Griffin, DMSB’22

Khailah Griffin, the 2022 Wendy Breen Kline Award nominee in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, grew up in a military family and lived in 10 different countries. This incredible experience gave her a global perspective and strong cultural competencies. It also taught her the importance of embracing diversity, which has influenced the way she lives her life.

A born leader, advocate for social justice, and a creative entrepreneur, Khailah is someone you want on your court. She is a candidate for a B.S. in business administration, pre-medical track. She was one of the original members of the business school’s Building Belonging Fellowship program and participated in “Amplifying Black Voices: The Black Student Experience in D’Amore-McKim,” focused on cultivating a more inclusive community. As a fellow, she also worked with an external DEI consultant who led a five-part “Building Inclusive Communities Series” for more than 30 students.

Khailah participates in D’Amore-McKim’s Liberty Mutual partnership, where she develops programming, mentorship, and community-building activities for students with underrepresented and marginalized identities. She also is a peer mentor. Moreover, she co-founded NU’s Black Athlete Caucus—a hub for social, racial, and political awareness resources.

In addition to her numerous contributions to the D’Amore-McKim and Northeastern communities, Khailah is the founder of the nonprofit UnorthoDOCx, a virtual network of non-traditional pre-medical students that provides free resources for its members and cultivates a well-prepared community of future healthcare professionals. Her work with UnorthoDOCx earned her an innovator award from NU’s Women Who Empower inclusion and entrepreneurship initiative.

“Khailah is an accomplished student athlete and a selfless, compassionate, inclusive leader who has a passion for making the world a better place,” says Mary Kane, Assistant Dean for Employer and External Engagement, Senior Co-op Coordinator. Khailah balances working as a patient care technician/unit coordinator in the Medical Surgical Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center with being a Division 1 varsity track and field athlete. However, she says her greatest achievement is “being able to connect with so many students, faculty and staff in a variety of different areas to create positive and long-lasting change at Northeastern and beyond. Whether it was through volunteerism, athletics, academics, etc., I can leave fully knowing that I made a difference.”  

An avid world traveler, Khailah plans to take a gap year and explore the world while conducting clinical research with a team of physicians. Her subsequent journey will be down the path of medical school applications.

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Khailah is an accomplished student athlete and a selfless, compassionate, inclusive leader who has a passion for making the world a better place,”

Mary Kane, Assistant Dean for Employer and External Engagement, Senior Co-op Coordinator.

Lily Harris

The five core values of nursing are human dignity, integrity, autonomy, altruism and social justice. Lily Harris, a senior in the five-year baccalaureate nursing program at Bouvé College of Health Sciences, takes them to heart—and she isn’t even a nurse yet.

With a 3.9 GPA, Lily is expected to graduate Summa Cum Laude. She has an impressive list of accolades including Presidential Ambassador and 2019 Huntington 100 recipient. Before coming to Boston, Lily studied at University College in Dublin as part of the NUin program. After her experience abroad, she became an NUin Ambassador, encouraging accepted students and their families to choose Northeastern.

Lily has been involved with the Northeastern University Student Nurses’ Association (NUSNA). She volunteers each year at the Boston Marathon wheelchair sweep team. In 2018, she received the NUSNA Most Involved Member Award. She’s served as vice president of alumni relations and organization president, mentoring fellow students and supporting the department. As lead ambassador for Bouvé College of Health Sciences, she trains other ambassadors, prepares events, and engages with prospective students.

In 2019, Lily organized and participated in the Global Medical Brigade’s work in Panama, where she helped distribute supplies and provided basic medical support. She joined Northeastern’s community service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, during its first year as an official chapter. Additionally, she mentored high school students while volunteering at the Harvard MEDScience Program.

Lily’s co-op experience is equally impressive. She was a full-time patient care technician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and worked at Shriners Hospital for Children on the Inpatient Acute Burn Unit. She’s still employed at Boston Children’s Hospital on an orthopedic/general surgery unit, where she completed her second co-op.

“I believe my greatest achievement is being involved in so many different areas within the Northeastern community and engaging with a wide variety of people,” Lily says. As for the future, she says, “I have found my passion for pediatric surgical nursing. Someday I hope to pursue a career as a travel nurse.” She would also like to pursue a master’s in nursing education and become a nurse practitioner.

According to Dean Carmen Sceppa, “she is always grateful for the opportunity to serve, support and lead. We are confident Lily’s future includes her continued enthusiastic and professional representation of Northeastern and all it has to offer to our many constituents.”


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She is always grateful for the opportunity to serve, support, and lead. We are confident Lily’s future includes her continued enthusiastic and professional representation of Northeastern and all it has to offer to our many constituents.

Dean Carmen Sceppa, Bouvé college of health sciences

April 1, 2021

Zipporah Osei

During her freshman year, Zipporah Osei took a journalism class—Washington Beat: The First 100 Days—that set the tone for the reporter she hopes to be one day. When she enrolled in the class, she was doubtful of her preparedness. However, by listening to guest speakers and receiving encouragement to do reporting that was out of her comfort zone, Zipporah says, “I learned that I had the skills and the motivation to be a real reporter.” Now Zipporah, a first-generation college student, is preparing to graduate with a BA in Journalism and move to New York City to begin a one-year, highly competitive fellowship at ProPublica, the country’s premier investigative news site.

The road to graduation has been filled with distinctions and achievements—and also challenges. Being a first-generation college student has impacted every step of her academic career. She didn’t have the benefit of navigating higher education with advice from her family. Yet, she used the rigor and empathy she developed during her studies to help others. Her legacy at Northeastern is likely to be a volunteer newsletter she initiated to help other first-gen students get through the culture shock, offering candid advice articles, humor and links to resources. To date, 300 students have signed up for the newsletter—including some at other universities.

Zipporah has spent her time at Northeastern doing what she loves: writing and reporting on issues that can make a difference to people and the community. As an intern for the Boston Globe, Zipporah investigated the secret court system in Boston. As an intern for Chalkbeat NY, her reporting about the mismanagement of the free summer meals program for kids led to a reexamination of the program. She interned for the Chronicle of Higher Education and won the D.W. Miller Award for stories she wrote—all stories that she pitched and developed.

Zipporah also served on the Dean’s Student Advisory Board, the e-board of the Huntington News as managing editor and opinions editor, and regularly sits on panels for prospective students and underclassmen.

Jonathan Kaufman, Director of the School of Journalism, calls Zipporah “a first-rate journalist” who is “giving back in ways that help other students, prospective students and the university as a whole.”

March 25, 2020

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