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.
As the first Black selectperson in Stoughton, she wants to prioritize diversity
Northeastern graduate Debra Roberts, recently elected as the first Black member of the governing body of Stoughton, Massachusetts, a town 20 miles south of Boston, has been recognized by the commonwealth for her contributions to the community. She plans to start her three-year term by tackling the lack of diversity in the town’s workforce.
Voices of Northeastern: Roberto Molar Candanosa
Hear the powerful words of Roberto Molar Candanosa, a science reporter at Northeastern, whose story News@Northeastern is featuring in an audio series on members of the university community. He says racial inequalities in the U.S. are part of an identity problem. “We need to start putting aside all of our individualism and provincialism, and stare at our history—ugly or not—right in the eyes.”
He’s setting an example for the next generation of black STEM professionals
When Northeastern graduate Cory Weathers trotted up to the stage to accept an award as a leading African American engineer, the moment was simultaneously an homage to his family and the young black students and professionals sitting in the audience with dreams of a career like his.