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Named after the first African American to be appointed a vice-president at Northeastern, The John D. O’Bryant African American Institute is committed to intellectually, culturally and socially inspiring students toward excellence, success and service. Through programs, resources, services and activities the Institute fosters a nurturing, supportive and welcoming environment focused on students of African origin. Moreover, the Institute is dedicated to engaging the broader university community, the surrounding urban community and the world for balanced student and leadership development enjoined with the promotion and distinction of their career goals.


  • The Institute plans and implements programs and activities for students, University and widespread community audiences and manages the scheduling of large gathering spaces such as the Amilcar Cabral Memorial Center.
  • The Institute is dedicated to collaborating with student organizations to help orchestrate their events and the utilization of an array of AAI services.
  • Students who experience challenges in a specific subject area can take advantage of free tutoring services at the Institute.
  • Established in 1995, The John D. O’Bryant African American Institute’s Legacy Mentoring and Leadership Program (Legacy) seeks to enhance the retention rate, promote academic excellence, and encourage leadership skills, among students who identify with the African Diaspora. Legacy utilizes the expertise of Northeastern University’s students, faculty, and staff, to provide students with mentoring support, and other resources needed to have a positive and successful experience at the University.
  • The John D. O’Bryant African American Institute Library houses a growing collection of materials encompassing cultures of the African Diaspora throughout the world.