National orga­ni­za­tion awards insti­tu­tion for cre­ating a diverse uni­ver­sity population

North­eastern University’s ongoing com­mit­ment to having a diverse fac­ulty, staff and stu­dent pop­u­la­tion was recently rec­og­nized with an award, granted by Minority Access, Inc., a national edu­ca­tional orga­ni­za­tion that imple­ments pro­grams and sup­ports efforts to improve the higher edu­ca­tional, pro­fes­sional and man­age­rial employ­ment of minorities.

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is cul­ti­vating a rich envi­ron­ment of inclu­sive excel­lence, diver­sity and social jus­tice that pre­pares our stu­dents for lead­er­ship and con­tri­bu­tion in a plu­ral­istic local, national and global society and sup­ports our fac­ulty and staff,” said Donnie Perkins (right), Dean and Director of Affir­ma­tive Action and Diver­sity at North­eastern. “The insti­tu­tion is com­mitted to building a cli­mate of inclu­sion on and beyond campus and we are hon­ored that our efforts are rec­og­nized on the national level.”

In addi­tion to rec­og­nizing col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties com­mitted to diver­sity on their cam­puses, the non­profit orga­ni­za­tion iden­ti­fies, honors and pub­li­cizes insti­tu­tions working to grad­uate minority bio­med­ical researchers as Role Model Insti­tu­tions as part of its part­ner­ship agree­ment with the U.S. Depart­ment of Health and Human Services.

North­eastern has sev­eral ini­tia­tives that focus on enhancing diver­sity in research-​​related fields, such as bio­med­i­cine. These ini­tia­tives include mem­ber­ship in the National GEM Con­sor­tium (iden­ti­fying and attracting under­rep­re­sented minority grad­uate stu­dents); NUPRIME (helping his­tor­i­cally under­rep­re­sented stu­dents ful­fill their poten­tials aca­d­e­m­i­cally and pro­fes­sion­ally); mem­ber­ship in the LSAMP-​​Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Par­tic­i­pa­tion (increasing recruit­ment, reten­tion and grad­u­a­tion of minority stu­dents in the STEM fields). The uni­ver­sity also sup­ports pre-​​med stu­dents to attend Amer­ican Med­ical Stu­dent Asso­ci­a­tion lead­er­ship and other conferences.

Given U.S. census pro­jec­tions of demo­graphic trends, any higher edu­ca­tion insti­tu­tion depen­dent on the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion to sus­tain enroll­ment, or com­mitted to strength­ening the nation, must diver­sify,” said Angela R. Mickle, Pres­i­dent of Minority Access, Inc. “We are pleased that our research on data sup­plied by the Office of Edu­ca­tional Sta­tis­tics at the U.S. Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion has resulted in Minority Access’ rec­og­nizing col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties that gen­uinely seem to appre­ciate the value of diver­sity in cre­ating a well-​​rounded edu­ca­tional experience.”

Under­scoring Northeastern’s com­mit­ment to diver­sity, the uni­ver­sity has recently been awarded The National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion has awarded North­eastern Uni­ver­sity a $3.7 mil­lion grant to help over­come insti­tu­tional bar­riers that limit the advance­ment of women in key aca­d­emic fields, including the sci­ences, engi­neering and social sciences.

With the ADVANCE Insti­tu­tional Trans­for­ma­tion Award for Advancing Women in Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary and Inter­na­tional Net­works, Northeastern’s five-​​year pro­gram will build on the University’s existing projects by focusing on increasing recruit­ment of women, pro­viding oppor­tu­ni­ties for net­working to help advance female fac­ulty, and fos­tering lead­er­ship devel­op­ment to oversee these oppor­tu­ni­ties across uni­ver­sity departments.

North­eastern received the award from Minority Access, Inc. at the organization’s 9th National Role Models Con­fer­ence, an annual event designed to honor insti­tu­tions and indi­vid­uals worthy of emu­la­tion. Each year, the con­fer­ence unites rep­re­sen­ta­tives from major research uni­ver­si­ties, and other aca­d­emic insti­tu­tions, as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of leading member insti­tu­tions of the edu­ca­tional, cor­po­rate and pri­vate sec­tors to dis­cuss diver­sity and related issues. Naomi Thompson, Asso­ciate Director of the Office of Affir­ma­tive Action and Diver­sity, accepted the award and attended the con­fer­ence on behalf of the University.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Renata Nyul at 617–373-7424 or at r.​nyul@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.