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.
‘These burdens shouldn’t be laid just at our doorstep’
The hard work of confronting systemic racism and effecting meaningful change requires universal support, as Black Northeastern professors noted at a panel discussion in recognition of Juneteenth, the holiday of the emancipation of slaves in the U.S.
Voices of Northeastern: James J. Lyons IV
Hear the powerful words of James J. Lyons IV, a fifth-year political science major and co-founder of Northeastern Student of Color Caucus, whose story News@Northeastern is featuring in an audio series on members of the university community. “I genuinely believe that Northeastern can emerge as a leader right now,” he says. “Our institution’s commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion are among the top reasons that I chose this school.” But there’s still a lot of work to be done.