Programs and Initiatives
At Northeastern, we believe that diversity, inclusion, and equity should be woven into everything we do. Below is just a sampling of the many university programs and initiatives that address and advance these issues.
ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development
Providing programs and resources to further the recruitment and development of diverse faculty.
Recruiting and training a wide array of learners into computer science to help diversify this field.
Asian American Center (AAC)
Offering resources and programs to support and empower the Asian American community at Northeastern.
Asian Faculty and Staff Affinity Group
Provide a collective space for Asian faculty and staff to connect, build, and empower themselves and one another.
Offering academic enrichment and college readiness programs for young people in the Boston area.
Beyond Busing: The Boston School Desegregation Archive
Access to primary sources related to 35-plus years of work around the issue of school desegregation in Boston.
Boston Research Center
A digital community history and archives lab focused on bringing Boston’s deep neighborhood and community histories to light through technology.
Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict
Research that seeks solutions to problems of hostility and hatred arising from inter-group conflict and differences.
Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research (CATLR)
Inspiring, equipping, and connecting educators to create transformative and inclusive learning environments.
Center for Atypical Language Interpreting (CALI)
Training interpreters in specialized skills to serve Deaf and DeafBlind persons with atypical language.
Center for Community Health Education, Research and Service (CCHERS)
Improving health professions education and healthcare delivery to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health.
Center for Inclusive Computing
Increasing the representation of all people—in particular, women—who study and work in computer sciences.
Center for Intercultural Engagement & Social Justice Resource Center
Striving to create a Northeastern community that is inclusive of all people through programs, training, and experiences.
Center for International Affairs and World Cultures
Advancing interdisciplinary scholarship, programs of study, and transnational linkages.
Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service (CSDS)
Supporting the religious and spiritual needs of the Northeastern community.
Center for STEM Education
Supporting educators, researchers, and students to strengthen the K-20 STEM ecosystem, with an emphasis on underrepresented populations locally and nationally.
Center for Student Involvement (CSI)
Offering educational and social co-curricular opportunities to enhance the experiential learning and development of Northeastern students.
Center of Community Service (CCS)
Connecting community assets with university resources to strengthen collaboration and create a more just world.
Center on Crime and Community Resilience
Helping disadvantaged communities through research to develop innovative and effective policy solutions.
Civic Engagement Program (CEP)
Students working with a variety of organizations to meet local and global needs.
Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ)
Conducting research about and developing policy initiatives related to anti-civil rights violence in the U.S. from 1930 to 1970.
COE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
Representing the mutual interests of several engineering groups, including the Black Engineering Student Society and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.
Conflict, Civility, Respect, Peace: Northeastern Reflects Series
Connecting the campus in dialogue around issues related to conflict, civility, respect, and peace.
Disability Resource Center (DRC)
Ensuring that students with disabilities have equal access to the academic experience at Northeastern.
A social justice retreat addressing identity politics as a means of self-empowerment and community building.
Encouraging students from communities that are underrepresented in the legal profession to consider law as a career.
Dukakis Center on Urban and Regional Policy
Working with policy-makers and communities to implement strategies that improve the quality of life and social justice for all people.
Employer Engagement and Career Design
Providing personalized career guidance to all undergraduate, graduate students, and alumni, including initiatives aimed at diversifying the workforce.
EMPOWER Student Initiative
Programs and resources to ignite social consciousness and inspire leadership among students of color at Northeastern.
Promoting ethical reflection about a variety of issues and challenges in contemporary life.
Faculty Innovations in Diversity and Academic Excellence Grant Program
Offering grants for faculty to advance academic priorities related to diversity and inclusion.
A nationally recognized program that serves Boston students most of whom are first-generation and students of color.
Global Citizenship Project (GCP)
Participants visit sacred sites in the Boston area, enjoy international cuisine, and learn about different religious, spiritual and faith traditions from the communities who practice them.
Global Experience Office
Students participate in global experiences across the world gaining exposure to a multitude of diverse cultural perspectives.
Institute of Health Equity and Social Justice Research
Focused on preventing and reducing health disparities associated with race, gender, neighborhood, immigration status, sexual orientation, and other stigmatized or marginalized statuses.
Institute on Race and Justice
Conducting nationally recognized research and providing leadership on race and justice issues.
John D. O’Bryant African American Institute
Through programs, resources, services and activities the Institute fosters a nurturing, supportive and welcoming environment focused on students of African origin.
Established in 1993 by a group of Latino/a students at Northeastern, as a way to increase the retention of Latino/a students at the university.
Latinx Student Cultural Center (LSCC)
Empowering Latino/a leaders of tomorrow in an increasingly global environment through their academic, personal and professional development.
Exploring identity and leadership through signature series programs.
LGBTQA Resource Center
The information hub for all that is LGBTQA on Northeastern's campuses.
LGBTQA+ Affinity Group
Hosting regular professional development events, informal social gatherings, and working group meetings to discuss issues affecting the campus community.
Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
Particular emphasis is placed on transforming undergraduate STEM education in support of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines.
Lowell Institute School
Supporting degree-completion in STEM for underserved populations to help them take the next step in their career.
Lower Roxbury Black History Project
A collection of oral histories and artifacts documenting the Lower Roxbury community’s rich cultural history, and includes the stories of more than 40 residents and includes audio, video, edited and unedited transcripts, and photographs.
Martin Luther King Graduate Fellowship Program
A John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute supported graduate scholarship.
Memorandums of Understanding
Memorandum of Understanding works across various international universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Minority-Serving Institutions and Tribal Colleges.
Middle East Center
Supporting research and cultivating links between Northeastern University and scholars and universities in the Middle East.
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering University Partnership
Offers numerous programs to welcome and support underrepresented students in STEM education.
National GEM Consortium
Graduate fellowships for underrepresented students in engineering and science.
Native & Indigenous Affinity Group
Serves as a resource for Native and/or Indigenous members of Northeastern’s faculty, staff, or students.
Neighborhood Outreach – Boston Public Schools (BPS)
Outreach projects to encourage college attendance among the diverse student population in Boston Public Schools.
Northeastern Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA)
Advocating for the advancement of Black faculty and staff.
Oversees programs designed to build community and foster collaborative networks between individuals from the on-campus and off-campus communities.
One of several centers across campus focused on supporting students from various cultures, identities, backgrounds, and communities.
Northeastern University Public Evaluation Lab (NU-PEL)
Conducting evaluation research that leads to healthier communities and enhances the lives of those living within them.
Northeastern University School of Law’s Committee Against Institutional Racism (CAIR)
Addressing issues related to diversity and inclusion for student admissions, faculty hiring, and support for students.
NSF INCLUDES Alliance: Engineering PLUS initiative
Building a system and a network to increase nationwide nationwide the number of underrepresented minorities and women obtaining undergraduate and graduate engineering degrees.
Encourages personal and professional growth by increasing interaction, communication, and community awareness among staff of color at Northeastern.
NU Future Leaders Faculty & Staff Affinity Group
Providing a space for young professionals, future leaders, and others in the early to middle stages of their career trajectories who are seeking to develop and strengthen their long-term opportunities and impact across Northeastern’s global campus system.
Providing personal and professional development for working parents and create a strong network of fulfilled members at Northeastern.
Delivering legal services and information to underserved communities.
Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI)
Promotes Northeastern's commitment to equal opportunity, affirmative action, diversity, and social justice while building a climate of inclusion on and beyond campus.
Persistence Advising Network (PAN)
Provides individualized support and referrals to students whose personal or academic challenges may interfere with their student experience.
Procurement Supplier Diversity and Local Program
Promotes engagement with woman- and minority-owned businesses and local suppliers.
Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE)
Engages with the international movement to promote economic, social, and cultural rights.
Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats (PROTECT)
This collaboration delves into environmental health issues in Puerto Rico.
Recruitment and Outreach
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion supports academic departments to recruit at national conferences that are geared toward diversity and supporting underrepresented minorities.
Research Leadership Development Initiative (ReDI)
Skill-building programs fosters research leadership and diversity of involvement.
Research Opportunities for Undergraduates: Training in Environmental Health Sciences (ROUTES)
Focuses on increasing participation of underrepresented students in environmental health.
Integrating academics and community service to meet classroom and community goals.
Producing the leading international journal in women’s and gender studies.
Empowering underrepresented students of color with educational opportunities to prepare for careers in STEM.
Social Justice Resource Center (SJRC)
Empowering students to pursue social justice and make change on campus, in their communities, and in the world.
Strategic Advancement of Rising Scholars (STARS) Fellowship program
Funding and support to help underrepresented students of color pursue PhDs and careers in STEM.
STRIDE Faculty Search Committee Workshop
Develops and implements concrete strategies to diversify the faculty hiring pool.
Student Pathways Opening World Energy Resources (SPOWER)
Scholarship and mentoring program that supports college transfer students from underrepresented backgrounds who are studying and conducting research in energy.
Summer Bridge Scholars Program
Helping students from diverse backgrounds to build community and accelerate their Northeastern journey.
Torch Scholars Program
Empowering first-generation students across the country from low-income backgrounds with a full scholarship and a community of support.
Ujima Global Leaders Program
Scholarship program focusing on developing leaders who go on to lead purposeful lives of global citizenship, excellence, service, and personal and professional success.
Employs a comprehensive, multi-level approach to recruit talented students from underrepresented communities and urban centers.
Women in Engineering
Creating a network of resources and support for female engineering students by connecting them with mentors, tutors, career advice, and other services.
Women of Color in the Academy Conference
Offering faculty women of color, as well as postdoctoral scholars and graduate students, the opportunity to learn and share specific strategies for career advancement.
Women Who Empower
A program that provides opportunities to hear from distinguished speakers who are accomplished female leaders with diverse experiences and professional paths.
Youth Development Initiative Project (YDIP)
Working with Boston neighbors to increase the number of students from underserved communities entering college.