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.
Her family history inspires her to help aspiring doctors from nontraditional backgrounds
Khailah Nichole-Robin Griffin, a fifth-year business student and captain of Northeastern’s track and field team, drew from her own experiences while creating a nonprofit organization to help nontraditional pre-medical students. She’s been inspired by her late grandmother, a Georgia sharecropper who enabled Griffin to succeed “because of the sacrifices she made.”
D’Amore-McKim graduates encouraged to create a more inclusive economy
“Don’t accept any new normal. Build your new normal,” graduates heard from Venkat Srinivasan, a former Northeastern business professor turned philanthropist and entrepreneur, who spoke at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business ceremony.
She saw a niche for an arts magazine. Now it’s been embraced by the Boston arts community.
Jameson Johnson created Boston Art Review, which will be publishing its seventh edition this fall. In support of her startup, Johnson has received an inaugural $5,000 Innovator Award from Northeastern’s Women Who Empower inclusion and entrepreneurship initiative.