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

Women of Color in the Academy Conference: Save the Date

Northeastern is proud to host the second Women of Color in the Academy Conference on Friday, April 27, 2018. Registration is open and will close on April 16, 2018. You can register here. 

CSSH student Celene Chen: Researching the Impact of Northeastern on Boston Neighborhoods

Celene Chen is a fourth year Economics major and Women’s Gender Sexuality Studies minor who has focused her research at the intersections of these two fields. As a student of Dr. Moya Bailey, Assistant Professor and Member of the CSDI Advisory Council,  she expanded her national research on housing affordability in urban neighborhoods to study…
Read more »

Shaun King: Making Change Happen

Shaun King is a civil rights activist who is known for using social media to disseminate stories of injustice, racism and police brutality. He visited Northeastern as the second Winter Gateway Speaker on February 9th. During his visit, King conducted a master class with a small group of students, faculty, staff and community activists where…
Read more »

Ellen Cushman on Inventing Writing

Professor Ellen Cushman, Chair of Civic Sustainability, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiatives Advisory Council, joined Dan Cohen in Episode 5 of the What’s New Podcast. ..
Read more »

Podcast Episodes on Gender, Race and Medicine from Northeastern Students

For Dr. Moya Bailey’s (Assistant Professor of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and CSDI Advisory Council Member) class on Gender, Race and Medicine, student pairs produced a 6-10 minute podcast episode on a topic of their choosing related to the class content. Student were encouraged to be creative with…
Read more »

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…
Read more »

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…
Read more »

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…
Read more »

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…
Read more »

Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion

We stand by President Aoun’s message of diversity and inclusion: http://www.northeastern.edu/president/2017/01/28/embracing-our-global-community/ 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…
Read more »

View All News >>



Spring 2018 Workshop on Writing and Community Learning

Ellen Cushman, Chair of the Civic Sustainability, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council will host a workshop at Trinity College, Hartford, CT on writing and community learning..
Read more »


Faculty Works-in-Progress: Dr. Moya Bailey

Dr. Moya Bailey, Assistant Professor, Department of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Member of the Civic Sustainability, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council (CSSH) will present on “Transforming Misogynoir: Black women’s digital resistance in US culture“.


Faculty Works-in-Progress: Dr. Sari Altschuler

Dr. Sari Altschuler, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Associate Director, Northeastern Humanities Center will present on “Touching the Scarlet Letter: What disability history can teach us about literature”.


Élika Ortega: Making Digital Humanities Global

Dr. Élika Ortega, CSDI Advisory Council Member and Assistant Professor of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies, is the youngest person and the first woman of color to chair the program committee for the international Digital Humanities conference or, as it is known, “DH”.

Read more »

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 September.

Read more »

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.

Read more »

Nicole Aljoe: Supporting Women of Color in Academia

Dr. Nicole N. Aljoe, former 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 Conference held at Northeastern on Friday, February 10, 2017.

Read more »