Sarah Gogel JD/MA ’13

“Northeastern has helped me become a better advocate for vulnerable populations and a more effective nonprofit leader.”

Sarah Gogel JD/MA ’13

Through the School of Law’s dual-degree program with the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, Sarah she earned both her JD and a master’s in Sustainable International Development.

Sarah’s co-op employers — including the International Federation for Human Rights in Paris, France and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Washington, DC, and Calais, France — enabled her to fight for social justice on a global scale. “No other school would have allowed me to fulfill my goals so completely,” says Sarah, president of YES Akademia, a global, grassroots organization that she founded in France to empower young people from marginalized communities through intercultural dialogue, social entrepreneurship and exchange programs. For her leadership and outstanding service, Sarah was honored with France’s National Order of Merit.


International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Paris, France

Research Assistant

Global Potential, US, France, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua

Working under the supervision of a Northeastern alumnus, Sarah looked closely at Global Potential from a legal perspective, edited its bylaws and designed its tax structure.                 


United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Washington, DC

Combining her legal knowledge with the in-depth understanding of international development she gained at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Sarah helped monitor gender and human rights issues in 27 Caribbean countries.

Academic Exchange

Sciences Po Law School, Paris France

  • Negotiation
  • International Law
  • International Legal Research
  • Planning and Implementation (Heller School for Social Policy and Management)
  • Conflict of Laws and Cross-Border Litigation (Sciences Po)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Calais, France

Sarah carried out direct legal advocacy and strategies to protect Sudanese, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Afghan, Chadian, Somali, Moroccan and Nigerian refugees in France

After Graduation

President, YES Akademia


A defender of human rights armed with deep experience in international law.