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.
Additional steps in the President’s Action Plan
- Increase diversity and representation at all levels
- Improve universitywide accountability
- Appointed Robert Jose as 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.
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.
President Aoun pledges action plan following rise of anti-Asian bias in the US
In an event held in response to a rise in racist acts in the U.S. against people of Asian and Pacific Island origins, students, faculty, and staff shared personal experiences and called for action—both personal and institutional.
Why are women underrepresented in economics? A toxic seminar culture could be partially to blame
Economics professor Alicia Sasser Modestino helped conduct research that shows women in the field face more questions, including hostile or patronizing ones, which may lead them to choose other careers.
Humans are trying to take bias out of facial recognition programs. It’s not working–yet.
Researchers are working to program facial-recognition algorithms with datasets that represent all racial and ethnic groups fairly. But that process may actually be perpetuating biases, according to new research by PhD student Zaid Khan and his advisor, Professor Raymond Fu.