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Since 1972, the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute at Northeastern University has provided scholarships as a means of engaging the potential of underrepresented young scholars. Since the 1960’s, the Institute has not only played a significant role in supporting African American students, but is also a global leader in advancing issues of diversity and inclusion. The Ujima Global Leaders Program serves the goal of inclusion from the perspective of leadership. UGLP focuses on developing leaders for an increasingly diverse and complex world. By supporting the student with a scholarship in recognition of accomplishment, Northeastern addresses the potential for students to become agents for positive change on local and global levels. The program is designed so participants can lead purposeful lives of global citizenship, excellence, service, and personal and professional success.  

“Ujima” means “collective work and responsibility” in Swahili, and this concept best captures the essence of the Northeastern Ujima Global Leaders Program. Students who become Global Leaders engage in civic and community activities to make a lasting impact.


  • There are approximately 150 students currently enrolled in Ujima at Northeastern.
  • In addition to a scholarship, Ujima students also receive funding for experiential learning opportunities.
  • The average GPA of the 2014 entering class, com­prised of 34 stu­dents from throughout the country, was 3.7 on a 4.0 scale.We offer scholarship opportunities to talented first-year students who have demonstrated leadership potential and interest in community involvement and issues related to diversity and inclusion.
  • Scholarship recipients are recognized for their accomplishments and potential to become agents for positive change in both local and global communities.
  • Ujima Global Leaders represent a diversity among all academic disciplines including a new initiative this year for new scholars of science, technology, engineering, and math.
  • Global Leaders work collaboratively to develop intercultural competence and awareness by engaging with communities on the Northeastern campus, throughout Boston, and around the world.
  • Ujima students have access to innovative programming to build their capacity for leadership at NU and beyond.