North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has won a regional award and is com­peting for national recog­ni­tion for its com­mit­ment to diver­sity aware­ness and edu­ca­tion on campus.

Ear­lier this month, the North East Affil­iate of Col­lege and Uni­ver­sity Res­i­dence Halls rec­og­nized the uni­ver­sity with its Com­mit­ment to Diver­sity Award. The region includes insti­tu­tions throughout New Eng­land, New York and north­eastern Canada.

The regional win­ners will next com­pete for the national Com­mit­ment to Diver­sity award from the National Asso­ci­a­tion of Col­lege and Uni­ver­sity Res­i­dence Halls, a student-​​run orga­ni­za­tion that presents the award annually.

Northeastern’s bid for the award was orga­nized by the Res­i­dent Stu­dent Asso­ci­a­tion (RSA). Matt Hamilton, a third-​​year stu­dent and RSA’s national com­mu­ni­ca­tions coor­di­nator, said Northeastern’s events and resources pro­moting diver­sity help foster a sense of com­mu­nity within the res­i­dence halls, par­tic­u­larly since its stu­dents come from all over the world.

When I got to North­eastern, I real­ized not only how diverse the world is, but also how diverse our col­lege campus is,” Hamilton said.

The RSA noted the campus community’s diver­sity, and Northeastern’s com­mit­ment to being a global university.

Inter­na­tional stu­dents make up more than 12 per­cent of the stu­dent body and stu­dents of color nearly 26 per­cent. North­eastern stu­dents hail from fifty states and 125 coun­tries. The Uni­ver­sity builds on this diver­sity by focusing on pro­grams that pre­pare stu­dents to become global cit­i­zens, such as inter­na­tional co-​​op and Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions. These expe­ri­en­tial learning pro­grams immerse stu­dents in global cul­tures in 69 coun­tries on all seven continents.

The RSA’s bid also cited numerous diversity-​​related events, pro­grams and stu­dent ini­tia­tives, such as Xplo­saic, an annual fes­tival of cul­ture fea­turing dance, food and music; and NU Spir­i­tual Well­ness Week, which high­lights the variety of spir­i­tual beliefs on campus through din­ners, prayer and film screenings.

Other pro­grams include a variety of cul­tural retreats, spir­i­tual pro­grams, work­shops, lec­tures com­mu­nity ser­vice events and stu­dent lead­er­ship activ­i­ties. Many of these are orga­nized through the University’s cul­tural cen­ters, such as the Latino/​a Stu­dent Cul­tural Center, the John D. O’Bryant African-​​American Insti­tute and the Asian Amer­ican Center.

The Uni­ver­sity also pro­vides a wide range of resources for stu­dents on a range on diver­sity issues, through the Office of Insti­tu­tional Diver­sity and Equity, the Dis­ability Resource Center, the Inter­na­tional Stu­dent and Scholar Insti­tute, the Social Jus­tice Resource Center, UNITE (Uni­fying Northeastern’s Iden­ti­ties through Edu­ca­tion) and Off-​​Campus Stu­dent Services.