Fostering a Spirit of Understanding

At Northeastern University, diversity is about excellence and inclusion. It’s about the way in which we engage with the world, the opportunity to learn from new perspectives, a core value for the University, an essential element of contemporary life, an expression of cultural pride, and a reflection of our campus, community, and global partners.

Our Vision of Diversity

The office aspires to distinguish itself as a model of excellence and innovation by developing the fluency necessary for our community to reject discrimination, learn and grow in a diverse, global society.

The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion promotes the University’s commitment to equal opportunity, affirmative action, diversity and social justice while building a climate of inclusion on and beyond campus.

Our mission is to provide leadership by cultivating an inclusive environment that denounces discrimination through innovation, collaboration and an awareness of global perspectives on social justice. We also promote compliance with relevant federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws.

The office works with students, faculty, administrators and staff to manage conflict and resolve complaints of discrimination and harassment. We develop programs and policies, build outreach to external organizations, and provide services to students, faculty, staff and the community.

The office advises and assists the president, senior administrators and the campus community with implementing leadership strategies that advance diversity and contribute to the university’s aspirations.

The office also provides training in:

  • Affirmative action
  • Diversity
  • Prevention of sexual harassment and discrimination

Key principles that guide the office’s mission are innovation, collaboration, commitment to excellence and equity for all.