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.
Northeastern appoints Karl Reid first chief inclusion officer
Reid, who has held leadership roles at the National Society of Black Engineers and the United Negro College Fund, will have a cabinet-level role at Northeastern. His charge: to lead the creation and implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
Gallery 360’s new exhibit, ‘Dream Boston,’ addresses COVID-19, racial justice
It wasn’t difficult to discern the two major issues that impacted 2020, says Gallery 360 curator Amy Halliday: “Both the pandemic and the heightened attention to the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement all came together at the same time.” The gallery’s new exhibit, she says, brings these global and national themes local.
She’s bringing her energy justice mission to the Biden administration
Law professor Shalanda Baker was tapped for a new post at the Department of Energy. Her mandate is to expand clean energy production while ensuring access for Black Americans and other marginalized groups—continuing the work she did as co-director of Northeastern’s Initiative for Energy Justice.