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We are excited that you will be joining us for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the John D. O'Bryant African American Institute! Here, we hope you find all of the necessary information you will need to make your trip and stay enjoyable. From international hotel stays, to flight deals, to rental car discounts, take advantage of the discounts and great options offered through our partners listed below.

Welcome to Boston!


Northeastern has partnered with HotelStorm to bring exclusive hotel discounts to our alumni community. Simply search the website for your favorite destinations – whether business or leisure – and you’ll save up to 60 percent over other online travel agencies. Contact for login details.


  Starwood Hotels Resorts Worldwide

Resorts Worldwide to bring you discounts to meet your travel needs. With nearly 1,200 properties worldwide and locations in 100 countries, Starwood is poised to meet the needs of our international community providing access to brands ranging from the St. Regis to Four Points by Sheraton. To create or upgrade your Starwood Preferred Account (SPG) please use Northeastern University as the company name and 320891 as the SET number. Explore your options today.



GolfMatch is a great way for you to connect with other Northeastern University alumni at local courses. Join the community and learn more about GolfMatch here.



Northeastern has partnered with Zipcar to ensure you are able to visit campus with ease. Zipcar offers 10,000+ vehicles rented by the hour each day, available in cities across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Each reservation includes gas, insurance and 180 miles per day. Be sure to use the promo code NEUALUM60 on your application. Visit to join for only $60 and receive $60 in additional FREE driving credits.


  Enterprise & Avis

Do you need a rental car for your travel plans? As an alumnus/a you qualify for special pricing on rental car agreements through Enterprise and Avis.

Call Enterprise directly at 1.800.RENTACAR or visit and provide the corporate number 10E8227. If booking via the website be sure to enter both the corporate number and the PIN code “MAS”. For Avis rentals call 800.230.4898 and provide the corporate number B057300. Please note that when using Avis, the Collision Damage Waiver is NOT included for personal rentals.


  Club Quarters

Northeastern University is a member of Club Quarters, full-service business hotels for member organizations.

All faculty, staff, alumni, students, friends, and families of Northeastern University have access to low member rates at Club Quarters in Boston, located downtown near Faneuil Hall, and 16 additional prime locations in the United States and London. Member guests enjoy automatic Gold Status benefits including subsidized weekend and holiday rates from as low as $68/£72, complimentary onsite benefits including WiFi, chilled, purified bottled water, and access to the Club Living Room with snacks and refreshments, and Gold Rewards, the richest guest rewards program.

For more information and to enroll in Gold Rewards, visit and click the Gold Status link in the upper right-hand corner.

For additional information and reservations, call Member Services at +1.203.905.2100, +44 (0)20 7451 5800, or visit (password: NEU).

Events Line Up

The events listed below were designed to make your overall experience memorable. Please take a look!

11:45am – 1:30pm – Panel Discussion: Cultural Life on Campus – The Institute

Hear about the history and future of cultural life on campus from representatives from the Institute, the African American Studies Program, Asian American Cultural Center, LatinX Cultural Center and the Center for Intercultural Engagement. (Moderated by Associate Dean Bob Jose and co-sponsored by NU Dream)

11:45am – 1:30pm – Luncheon: Today’s African American Studies Program with Special Guest Princeton Professor Eddie Glaude – The Institute

Northeastern’s African American Studies Program and the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute were one entity in the early years.  Since their inceptions, each entity has made an impact in a unique way. Hear about the history and the new direction of the African American Studies Program under the new leadership of its director and Professor Nicole Aljoe. 

11:45am – 1:30pm – NU Prime and the Growth of NSBE on Campus – Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (ISEC) Auditorium

The College of Engineering for many years has held “Engineering Wednesday” presentations and tours year-round starting from the Visitor Center. NU Prime [Northeastern University Programs in Multicultural Engineering] invites Northeastern’s Black engineering alumni to participate in this special “Engineering Wednesday.”

6:00pm – 8:00pm – Community Conversation – The Legacy of John D. O’Bryant – The Institute

John D. O’Bryant, the first African American to be appointed a vice president at Northeastern University, served in that capacity from 1979 until his passing in 1992. During that period, he oversaw the workings of the African American Institute and provided invaluable leadership in what were often difficult times. John served as president of the Boston School Committee, as national chairman of the Council of Urban Boards of Education, and founded a number of local and statewide education advocacy groups. Although he gained national prominence in the field of education, John maintained his humility and sense of humanity. This gathering will be an opportunity for all communities to discuss John O’Bryant’s legacy at Northeastern, throughout Boston and beyond.

11:45am – 1:30pm – 50th Anniversary Timeline and Exhibit – The Institute

The history of the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, more endearingly known as “the Institute,” at Northeastern University, is rich with student experiences, engagement, growth and opportunity. The 50thAnniversary Celebration will be marked by a comprehensive exhibit of some of the events, people and important moments that helped to define the Institute’s place in Northeastern’s long history. The Institute’s founding was based in the early years of student protest, and remains a consistent presence and strong contributor to Northeastern’s incredible progress and success over the years. At this session, the director will walk the guests through exhibit and lead a discussion of what has transpired over the years since the Institute’s founding.

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Campus Tours – The Institute

Northeastern continues to evolve as a university and an award winning urban campus.  For many alumni that have not been on campus in many years, the physical changes will be very noticeable.  There will be tours of campus offered to see how much the campus has changed and continues to change.

6:00pm – 8:00pm – Welcome Ceremony – with Special Guest Speaker Dr. J. Keith Motley – The Institute

The fall of 2018 represents the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute (JDOAAI) on Northeastern University’s campus.  Join us to celebrate the Institute’s rich history, highlight Black student presence on campus and dialogue about the Institute and the University’s future. This conversation will be informed by the history and importance of the Institute, emphasizing how the Institute got started, its strong presence on campus and how Black students have contributed to the success of the Institute and Northeastern.

11:00am – 12:00pm – Campus Tours – The Institute

12:00pm – 1:30pm – Buffet Lunch 

2:00pm – 3:30pm – College Receptions 

  • Formerly College of Arts and Science (CAS) and Criminal Justice combined receptions
  • College of Social Science and Humanities,
  • College of Art Media and Design
  • College of Science
  • College of Engineering
  • School of Law
  • D’Amore-McKim School of Business
  • Bouve College of Health Sciences
  • College of Professional Studies

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Campus Tours – The Institute


4:00pm – 6:00pm –50 Years of the John D. O’Bryant African America Institute: A Celebration–Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (ISEC) 

Northeastern’s centerpiece event for the 50th Anniversary, open to the entire Northeastern community. Enjoy performances, speakers, food & drink, and special guests as we celebrate the Institute!

6:00pm – 9:00pm – Student and Alumni Reception – The Institute

Join us for a reception hosted by the current leaders of Black student organizations. This is an opportunity for students to connect and network with alumni.


10:00am – 11:30am – Institute Founders and past Directors’ Brunch – The Institute

Northeastern alumni are invited to a special welcome back brunch at the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute. This will be an opportunity for the founders and past directors of the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute to return to the place they built 50 years ago, and discuss their original visions and the future of the Institute. Additionally, the current Institute director and staff will discuss the Institute’s 2025 vision and roadmap for the future.

12:00pm – 3:30pm –Legacy: Anniversary Step Show – Blackman Auditorium 

Greek life has played an important role in the Black student experience on Northeastern’s campus over the years.  One of the signature events for Greek Life is the “Step Show.”  Co-sponsored by the Northeastern and regional chapters of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), the organizations will represent and highlight honored members for their impact on the Black community.

4:30pm – 6:00pm – Black Alumni Athletes Reception – The Cabot Center

Northeastern’s Black athletes have been the source of much of Northeastern’s sports programs’ excitement and success. Many of the athletes have not seen their teammates in many years. This will be an opportunity to not only return to campus, but to the place, the Cabot Center, where much of their athletic foundation and success began.  Many of these athletes went on to have wonderful professional careers, and a select few went on to participate in the Olympics.

7:30pm – An Evening with Wendy Williams– Blackman Auditorium 
Doors Open at 7:00pm 

Join television host, actress, author, fashion designer and Northeastern alumna Wendy Williams as she discusses her life and success in the entertainment industry with her inimitable style and humor

9:00pm – Midnight – WRBB Reunion Party – Curry Student Center

WRBB, Northeastern University’s student radio station, was formed as WNEU in 1962 when a student group known as the Husky Hi-liters began broadcasting out of a small room in the basement of Ell Student Center.  In 1970, the radio station moved to FM and changed its call letters to WRBB, the RBB standing for ‘Rock Back Bay.’ As a non-commercial station, it transmitted at 10 watts on 91.7 FM. In the 1980’s, WRBB became a powerful voice of Boston’s Black Community and was known as ‘Boston’s Spice.’  The call letters WRBB, later became known as ‘We Rock Boston Better!’

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