African-American Community
Campus Resources

Affirmative Action and Diversity

The Office of Affirmative Action and Diversity leads and promotes the university's commitment to equal opportunity, affirmative action, diversity, social justice and a climate of inclusion on and beyond campus. It ensures compliance with state and federal laws, develops programs and policies, builds outreach to external organizations and provides services to students, faculty, staff and the community.

African Students Organization

NASO (Northeastern University African Student Organization) serves as a home away from home for African students and students interested in Africa and its culture.

African-American Institute

The John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute serves as an academic support facility for students of African descent and provides essential services that are vital to the recruitment and academic retention of these students, during the critical freshman and sophomore years.

African-American Studies

Northeastern's department of African-American studies offers a major, dual major, a minor and elective courses based on an interdisciplinary approach that critically analyzes the history, culture, language, political systems and behavior of peoples of African ancestry in the United States, the Caribbean, Africa and throughout the Diaspora. Courses are open to all students.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

Sorority founded in 1908 at Howard University in Washington, D.C. The Northeastern chapter is Iota Gamma.

Black Engineering Student Society

Formed by two students in 1974, this organization, known as BESS, has the goal of increasing the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.

Cape Verdean Students Association

The Cape Verdean Students Association of Northeastern University was founded in 2003 by a group of students to promote and represent Cape Verdean culture and history in the U.S. and Cape Verde. The organization reaches out to the large college-bound Cape Verdean population in Greater Boston and serves as a voice to Cape Verde's great and beautiful culture.

Caribbean Students Organization

CSO is Northeastern University's Caribbean Student Organization, the voice of the Caribbean on campus. CSO was formed in 1980 and has since done much to dispel misrepresentations and stereotypes about Caribbean people and their culture.

International Study Programs

This office assists students who would like to acquire some of their Northeastern credits by studying in foreign countries such as Ghana, South Africa, Dominican Republic, France or Australia. For more information and a complete list of programs, attend a weekly information session or visit the Web site.

Latin American Student Organization

LASO was founded in 1988 and originally was called the Puerto Rican Student Organization. However, due to the increasing diversity of the Latino/a population at Northeastern, the students changed the name so that it included all Latinos on campus. Its mission is to promote the advancement of Latino/a culture and the preservation of its identity.

Minority Association of Pre-Med Students

MAPS focuses on undergraduate pre-medical students. Through a partnership between local Student National Medical Association (SNMA) chapters and undergraduate pre-medical students, the MAPS program aims to increase the matriculation of underrepresented students in health professions programs.

Onyx Informer (newspaper for black culture)

A monthly magazine serving the people of the African Diaspora for 30 years. The paper represents students to the fullest, by reporting the news, profiling the community within and outside the NU campus, covering edutainment and health issues and just speaking out. It embraces unity and is dedicated to seeking justice.


The Females' Center of Excellence and Leadership is a female-based organization dedicated to the professional, academic and personal development of its members. Xcel has three committees: community service, fundraising and leadership.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

Theta Alpha Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was founded in 1933. Theta Alpha is a Boston metropolitan chapter. Annual community service projects include the March of Dimes WalkAmerica, Walk for Breast Cancer, Christmas Toy Drive, Reggie Lewis Turkey Giveaway and other ongoing projects.

Programs hosted during Finer Womanhood Week and throughout the academic year encourage cultural awareness of the past, present and future; celebrate art; educate the community on health and wellness issues and political issues; and foster positive relationships among students.