Civic Sustainability, Diversity, and Inclusion Advisory Council

Northeastern University's College of Social Sciences and Humanities

The College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) at Northeastern believes diversity and inclusion are central to achieving our goals of academic excellence and global engagement. The Civic Sustainability, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council is dedicated to ensuring a culture of inclusion within CSSH.

Civic sustainability is a method used to frame everyday interactions in the highest regard for each other’s dignity, habits of mind, ways of being, and means of expression. This practice will create a culture of inclusion in which diverse peoples, languages, and ways of thinking are valued and shared in collective efforts to address the pressing social concerns of our time.

Our goals are in keeping with the University’s Strategic Plan relating to diversity and inclusion.

CSDI Initiatives

In conversation with Dr. Adrienne Keene

Following her well-attended talk at Northeastern in January, Dr. Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation), Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies, Brown University sat down with Dr. Ellen Cushman (Cherokee Nation), Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion, to continue the conversation on native identity, native appropriations, and settler colonialism. In a series of…
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Jeff Chang on Race, Activism and Social Justice

Author, cultural critic and Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University, Jeff Chang discussed his latest book “We Gon’ Be Alright” on February 17th, 2017. The Q&A session with Jeff Chang and Northeastern professor Sarah Jackson was well-attended with over 100 students, staff, faculty and community members. To know…
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Dr. Adrienne Keene on Cultural Appropriations, Indigenous Social Media and Responding to Racism

The Northeastern community welcomed Dr. Adrienne Keene, Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow affiliated with the Department of Anthropology & the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University for a public lecture on January 31, 2017 at Northeastern Crossing. Dr. Keene (Cherokee Nation) is a Native scholar, writer, blogger and activist, who…
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Follow-up Forums and Dialogues to the Civility Series

  The Civic Sustainability, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council along with the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service hosted follow-up forums for students, staff and faculty to discuss themes, issues and emotions that may have come up during the panel discussion on “Transitions in the U.S Democracy: The Presidential Inauguration, Policies and Protests” held on…
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Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion

We stand by President Aoun’s message of diversity and inclusion: With President Aoun, we “emphatically reaffirm Northeastern’s longstanding policies to protect the rights of all races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations and identities that comprise the diverse Northeastern family. Discrimination and hate have no place in a community of learning, and we will take the…
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Registration for the Women of Color in the Academy Conference

February 10, 2017 As a Northeastern faculty member, we wish to give you the opportunity for EARLY REGISTRATION open Nov. 14-Dec. 1. Registration fee of $50 is waived for all Northeastern faculty during Early Registration.  Click here to register today!  We are very excited to open registration for the Women of Color in the Academy:…
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CSDI at Fourth Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference

The Black Doctoral Network (BDN) Conference is an annual setting in which Black and Latino scholars and professionals share academic and cultural experiences in an effort to improve the diversity of higher education. The College of Social Science and the Humanities, in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, sent a small contingent…
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Save-the-Date for the Women of Color in the Academy Conference!

Northeastern is proud to host the Women of Color in the Academy Conference on Friday, February 10, 2017. Registration will open in November. Details to follow.

BreakBeat Poets Workshop and Performance at Northeastern

On Friday, September 30th, 2016, Northeastern University welcomed the BreakBeat Poets for a day of poetry and performance. The workshop had 50 who registered to attend and participated, and the performance had over 100 people in attendance. Their day was covered by the Huntington News: Photos courtesy: Aislyn Fredsall

Northeastern reflects on conflict, civility, and respect.

On Wednesday, September 21, Michael Dukakis moderated a panel on “What is America? Globalization and the New Age of Migration.” Panelists and the audience explored why and how migration and migrants have, once again, become a major issue in the U.S. presidential race as well as on the world stage…
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Shaya Gregory Poku: Peace and Social Justice Week

For Shaya Gregory Poku, the Program Director for Northeastern’s Social Justice Resource Center (SJRC), the last week of September is an ideal time to engage students early on in the semester in recognition of the UN International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") observed around the world each year on 21...

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Jonathan Osborne: GO! Trainings for Northeastern Staff

The GO! (Grappling with Oppression) Engaged Discussion Series is a project developed to address specific expectations of staff members of Northeastern University around issues of diversity. As an outgrowth of the university’s strategic themes around diversity and inclusion from Academic Plan: Nort...

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Nicole Aljoe: Supporting Women of Color in Academia

Dr. Nicole N. Aljoe, CSDI Advisory Council Member and Associate Professor of English and African American Studies, along with Dr. Barbara Guthrie, Professor of Nursing and Director of the PhD Program at NU’s School of Nursing were instrumental in organizing the Women of Color in the Academy Confer...

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Shakir Mustafa: Turning to Art in the Wake of the Election Results

For Dr. Shakir Mustafa, a teaching professor of Arabic and CSDI Advisory Council Member, the current election results evoke several missteps by the Bush Administration that ended up with the destruction of his country of origin, Iraq, and opening the door for one of the most brutal terror organizati...

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