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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 (COS SDAC) – 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.
  • 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. April, 2017 The Department of Mathematics hosted 131 students and 11 teachers from Boston Public Schools to promote calculus education.
  • Summer Bridge Program. In July 2017 COS faculty, students, and staff hosted pre- matriculated underrepresented minorities and first generation freshmen to prepare them for a successful transition to Northeastern and the academic rigors of science majors.
  • Bridge to Calculus (BTC), June – August, 2017 – The Department of Mathematics hosted 121 students and 5 teachers from Boston Public Schools to participate in a rigorous pre-calculus summer course to prepare them for Advanced Placement Calculus in their senior year.
  • Culture of Health Student Book Club led by the University Pre-health Program. The club raises awareness of sociocultural determinants of health, encourages underrepresented students to pursue medicine, and empowers both future physicians and patients to promote a culture of equitable health attainment.
  • The Northeastern chapter of the Science Club for Girls – Weekly clubs and annual events in science offered by Northeastern undergraduates for K-12 students from neighboring public schools.


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.
  • Cancer Nanomedicine Co-op for Undergradute Research Experience (CaNCURE) In partnership with Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and funded by the National Institutes of Health.
  • Nanomedicine Academy – A nanomedicine curriculum delivered by Northeastern to five partner high minority enrollment institutions (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 undergraduates research. Funded by the National Science Foundation.
  • Genomics boot camp A two-day workshop to engage high school girls from low-income families, with support from National Science Foundation grants.


Marine Science Center and Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences outreach to regional public schools, including low-income families and districts

  • Coastal Ocean Science Academy (COSA), Introduces middle and high school students to research and provides scholarships for low-income families with support from alumni and other donors.
  • Beach Sisters Program Part of year-round out-of-school-time programming in partnership with regional programs. The program includes training for Peer Leaders.
  • School to Sea Program – 1,000 Grade Six students participate in a rocky intertidal field trip at the Marine Science Center.
  • Marine Science Center’s traveling touch tank program – MSC staff bring touch tanks to elementary schools.
  • High School Marine Science Symposium – For high school students in partnership with the Massachusetts Marine Educators, includes scholarships for students from low-income school districts.