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STRIDE stands for Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence. The Committee is a team of Northeastern senior faculty who aim to increase faculty diversity by leading interactive faculty discussions focused on understanding implicit biases in evaluation processes and offering good practices in the faculty search process. The workshops are open to all colleges on the Northeastern campus. Participants are trained to recognize implicit bias, and these good practices develop concrete strategies to diversify the faculty hiring pool who enter the process with the goal of long-range diversity at Northeastern.


  • Over 400 faculty have attended a STRIDE Faculty Committee Workshop since their inception in 2009.
  • Faculty attendees at five workshops have scored STRIDE’s effectiveness at a high rate of 4.3 out of 5.

Participants reported:

“I better understand obstacles to not be biased and learned strategies to avoid schemas.”

“The open discussion with multiple points of view [on] what is legal and not became clearer.”

“I think just talking about these issues helps everyone be more proactive.”

“I am better able to recognize and consider the schemas during the recruitment process.”