Student Profile
Esther Laaninen
International Affairs and Human Services, College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Laaninen, Esther
Hall of Fame


Esther Laaninen, an international affairs and human services major, graduated with a perfect academic record. Laaninen worked with children throughout her time at Northeastern, from her participation in Peace Through Play, a Northeastern service-learning organization, to mentoring young girls and teaching English in Zambia and Nicaragua.

Following a course on conflict in Ireland, Laaninen focused her research on preventing youth violence and improving education in post-conflict areas. Laaninen’s Fulbright Fellowship has taken her to the University of Magdelena in Santa Marta, Colombia where she is teaching English and conducting a service project exposing at-risk children to the arts as a way to prevent violence.