President Joseph E. Aoun has outlined the following series of actionable steps to advance justice and cultural literacy throughout our university community and to help end systemic racism.
The Addition of an NUPD Advisory Board
The board’s mission is to guide, inform, and strengthen NUPD’s relationship with the community—both within and outside Northeastern.
Elevation of the Presidential Council on Diversity and Inclusion
The council, formed in 2013, has been charged with finding new opportunities for Northeastern to become more diverse, inclusive, and equitable, and to advance the cause of racial justice.
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.
Every day 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.
How the Jim Crow South encouraged racial policing by those with ‘no legal authority’
Professor Margaret Burnham’s new book, By Hands Now Known: Jim Crow’s Legal Executioners, explores how white, public-facing workers were empowered to take violent action against Black Americans and how the repercussions of that system continue to influence modern America.
Students establish first collegiate chapter of Women in Music to close gender gap in music industry
Julia Linden and Andrea Larez, two second-year Northeastern students, are tired of the gender inequities that still plague the music industry. Working with the national nonprofit Women in Music, they hope to change the industry for the better.
Where are you really from? An incoming professor explores the psychology of being biracial
Analia Albuja, an incoming Science Fellow in Northeastern’s psychology department and director of the new Belonging and Social Identities Lab, will study how racial and cultural identities are experienced by people who subscribe to multiple labels, and how these labels are perceived by others.