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The College of Science, in keeping with the mission of Northeastern University, is committed to building and sustaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive scientific community of faculty, students, and staff that welcomes and respects all persons, regardless of race, gender, age, creed, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family structure, socio-economic status, or ability status. We strive to develop an open and respectful environment that draws on talent from every sector of society and engages the global community. We are dedicated to the integration of multiple, divergent perspectives, and to the principle that a diverse and inclusive community not only supports innovation and creativity, but also creates and promotes cultural understanding throughout Northeastern’s scientific community. With these guiding principles, the College of Science aspires to promote a thriving society built on equal opportunity and social justice.

Audience(s): Academics & Faculty


  • College of Science Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Department Diversity and Inclusion Officers
  • College of Science Student Diversity Advisory Council (COSSDAC): This council connects self-identified students and promotes awareness of the needs of our diverse student body, specifically in the areas of scholarship and research opportunities, and professional development.  The council participates in many of the College’s other efforts.
  • Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering (ADSE): The Northeastern chapter of a national graduate student organization with the mission to increase the participation of underrepresented groups (Women, Latinos, African-Americans, Native Americans, the LGBTQA community and persons with disabilities, etc.) in science in academia, industry, and government. ADSE supports, organizes, and oversees local, graduate student-run events and initiatives that reach out to students and scientists of all ages and backgrounds (ADSE@NEU)
  • Summer Bridge Program: Summer experience for incoming freshmen to development a sense of community and build a support network at the beginning of their college experience. The Summer Bridge program promotes community building and access to resources and academic/research opportunities.
  • College of Science Graduate Student Award in Diversity, and Staff Appreciation Award for Diversity, Inclusion, and Outreach: These awards recognize excellence in activities that support of the College’s values in diversity, inclusion, and outreach.
  • Calculus Field Day: A daylong math competition sponsored by the Department of Mathematics.  In 2019, 126 students and 15 teachers and administrators from Boston Public Schools attended, as well as the Mayor of Boston.
  • Bridge to Calculus (BTC), June – August: The Department of Mathematics and BTC gives high school students from Boston Public Schools a rigorous pre-calculus summer course to prepare them for Advanced Placement Calculus in their senior year. In 2018, 114 students from 14 Boston Public Schools to participated.
  • Coastal Ocean Science Academy: One and two-week programs at Northeastern’s Marine Science Center (MSC) for middle and high school students from the cities of Boston, Lynn, and Revere.
  • Beach Sisters and AmeriCorps/Mass Promise Fellow: The MSC partners with Girls Inc. of Lynn to deliver out-of-school programming to about 150 girls in the City of Lynn. The program includes after-school lessons for elementary and middle school girls, summer programming for middle school girls, a peer leadership program for teens, and professional development opportunities for Girls Inc. staff.
  • High School Marine Science Symposium: At Northeastern’s main campus in Boston and at Salem State University. The events bring together ~450 students and teachers from local schools, two keynote presenters, ~40 teams of workshop presenters, and a number of volunteers for a half-day event designed to build STEM skills in students and increase awareness of marine study and careers.

Externally funded programs directed by College of Science faculty aimed at the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in science majors and careers. 

  • Northeastern University Skills and Capacity for Inclusion (NU-SCI): Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence Initiative. A 5-year program of training, workshops, and collaborations to promote inclusive classrooms and laboratories.
  • Biotechnology Associate to Master’s Degree Program: A progression degree program with NU’s College of Professional Studies and Middlesex Community College. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) with the goal of increasing underrepresented groups in STEM through an integrated education and career advancement program.
    • Cancer Nanomedicine Co-op for Undergraduate Research Experience (CaNCURE) In partnership with Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and funded by the National Institutes of Health, the program gives Northeastern students 6-month, hands-on experience in cancer research.
  • Nanomedicine Academy: A nanomedicine curriculum delivered by the Department of Physics to five partner institutions with high minority enrollments (Tuskegee University, Morgan State University, Florida International University, University of Puerto Rice Mayaguez). Funded by the National Science Foundation.
  • Virtual Imaging: Provides students at Morgan State University access to facilities in the Center for Translational Neuro-Imaging. Funded by the National Institutes of Health Blueprint Program for Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Experiences.
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): 10-week summer programs for undergraduate research in the Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Marine and Environmental Sciences, and Mathematics. Funded by the National Science Foundation.