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, in June 2020 President Joseph E. Aoun announced several actionable steps to demonstrate the university’s commitment to change.
- 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.
She’s helping women and minorities get their businesses off the ground
A startup co-founded by Northeastern student Eliana Berger is offering an eight-week program this summer to help connect diverse founders with veteran entrepreneurs and investors.
Voices of Northeastern: Ted Landsmark
“We need to recognize that we’re at a point in history where we can make change,” says Ted Landsmark, Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy. “And we can make change because people of conscience, young and old, come together to speak truth to power and to battle against the disparities that have existed in our country for not just decades, but really for the entire history of America.”