The John D. O’Bryant African American Institute has always been “committed to intellectually, culturally, and socially inspiring students toward excellence, success, and service [and to] engaging the broader university community, the surrounding urban community, and the world for balanced student and leadership development.”

This is a core part of our mission statement. This year, the Institute is furthering this mission through the following initiatives and programs: The Ujima Global Leaders Program (UGLP): TheUGLP is the next evolution of the over 30-year-old Ujima Scholars Program. The program supports a powerful group of student leaders who have a passion for and focus on global issues, and whose backgrounds represent the diversity the Institute and the UGLP seek to work with.

The Northeastern University Black Alumni Association (NUBAA): The NUBAA is a catalyst for black alumni involvement with the university, the Institute, and our students. The re-energized group hosts a Martha’s Vineyard Fundraiser each August and has just established a new student scholarship fund, which has raised nearly $300,000 to date. Special Collections and Multi-Media Study Space: The Institute’s longstanding library follows the steps of Northeastern’s Snell Library as it has undergone a complete renovation.

The special collections is maintained in a comfortable, accessible, and secure space while the current space has been transformed into a cutting-edge study space and information resource center, complete with a Digital Media Commons. Through these transformations, we hope to further the mission of the Institute and the entire Northeastern community, to strengthen ties to our diverse local and global communities, and to better support the university’s African American students and students in general on their path to leadership and excellence.

Upcoming and Recent Events

2019 Black History Month Program


Dean Roland E. Latham Oratory Competition – Tuesday March 26, 2019

Institute Spotlight

Tramaine Shaw, NU Track & Field Director

Tramaine Shaw, a 2009 Northeastern University graduate who was inducted into the Northeastern Hall of Fame in 2015 and led Northeastern University’s track and field team to two conference championships, one in 2007 as an athlete and the second in 2018 as the teams interim head coach, was officially named Northeastern University’s Track & Field Director.


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