We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community to advance justice and cultural literacy and help eradicate systemic racism. While Northeastern has long worked toward this vision, our society has come to a crossroads in fulfilling the promise of equal justice for all. And so, we must redouble our own efforts to make equality a reality, especially for the Black community.
To that end, President Joseph E. Aoun has announced several actionable steps that the university will undertake immediately.
- Create a Community Advisory Board for NUPD
- Increase diversity and representation at all levels
- Elevate the President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion
- Improve universitywide accountability
- Appoint a Dean for Cultural and Spiritual Life
- Improve support for Black students
- Enact cultural competency and anti-racism training
- Deepen community engagement
- Amplify our impact through our employer partners
John D. O’Bryant African American Institute
Supporting students of African origin and engaging the broader university community in developing student leaders.
Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project
Helping scholars, policymakers, and organizers seek justice for civil rights crimes committed during the period of 1930 to 1970.
Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy
Developing and implementing policies to improve the quality of life and social justice in urban areas.
Institute on Race and Justice
Providing critical research to influence issues of race and inequality in the criminal justice and education systems.
Everyday our students, faculty, staff, and alumni put ideas into action to build a more inclusive and equitable community. It’s important to share our stories and support one other in this commitment.
Northeastern’s Racial Literacy series takes on Boston’s troubled history
A diverse panel of Northeastern faculty assembled to present a side of the city that visitors might not know from travel reviews—a history of slave-trading, violent opposition to desegregation in public schools, and an historical dearth of leadership roles for people who aren’t white.
Voices of Northeastern: Antonio Ocampo-Guzman
Hear the powerful words of Antonio Ocampo-Guzman, associate professor and chair of the Department of Theatre, whose story News@Northeastern is featuring in an audio series on members of the university community.
Black people are underrepresented in medical research. She wants to change that.
For as long as Shellaina Gordon can remember, the word ‘research’ for her has conjured images of white laboratory coats and tubes of solution. But inside those lab coats, she never saw anyone who looked like her. Gordon, a biochemistry student at Northeastern, is the recipient of a Goldwater Scholarship to support her pursuit of a career in medicine and science.