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Fostering a Spirit of Understanding

At Northeastern University, diversity and inclusion are vital to learning and discovery. The value of diversity and inclusion is very much about experience — experiencing people, cultures, perspectives, and viewpoints different from what we know.  It’s about the way in which we engage with the world, the opportunity to learn from new perspectives, a core value for the University, an essential element of contemporary life, an expression of cultural pride, and a reflection of our campus, community, and global partners.

Our Vision of Diversity

The office aspires to distinguish itself as a model of excellence and innovation by developing the fluency necessary for our community to reject discrimination, learn and grow in a diverse, global society.

The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion promotes the University’s commitment to equal opportunity, affirmative action, diversity, and social justice while building a climate of inclusion on and beyond campus. 

Our mission is to provide leadership by cultivating an inclusive environment that denounces discrimination through innovation, collaboration and an awareness of global perspectives on social justice. We also promote compliance with relevant federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws. 

The office works with students, faculty, and staff to identify and address sources of conflict, bias, and possible differential treatment, and provide information on additional campus resources, including the Office of University Equity and Compliance, the University Ombuds, and Human Resources Management, among others, to create an inclusive environment for all. We develop programs, advise and consult on policies, build outreach to external organizations, and provide services to students, faculty, staff, and the community.

The office advises and assists the president, senior administrators, and the campus community with implementing leadership strategies that advance diversity and contribute to the university’s aspirations.

The office also provides training in:

  • Affirmative action
  • Diversity and equity
  • Inclusion strategies
  • Prevention of discrimination

Key principles that guide the office’s mission are innovation, collaboration, commitment to excellence, and equity for all.

Statement of Land Recognition

We would like to acknowledge the territory on which Northeastern University stands, which is that of The Wampanoag and The Massachusett People.

While visiting campus, please honor the continued efforts of the Native and Indigenous community leaders who work to preserve the history and culture of the tribes which make up Eastern Massachusetts and the surrounding region. Today, Boston is still home to many indigenous peoples, including the Mashpee Wampanoag and Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), and many more in our region.

For more information, please visit: North American Indian Center of Boston.

For information on resources and services provided by the Commission on Indian Affairs of the State of Massachusetts, please visit: Commission on Indian Affairs, State of MA


Efforts


Maintain Campus Policies: OIDI maintains EEO/AA policies, coordinates accommodations under Americans with Disabilities Act, and works to resolve complaints of bias or discrimination through fair investigation, 1-1 consultations and mediation.

Promoting Recruitment: OIDI supports professional development efforts by hosting or co-sponsoring conferences such as: National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education; Higher Education Recruitment Consortium Conference; Women of Color Conference; New England Summit for Hispanic Excellence in Education.

Specialized Funding: Funding efforts to promote new and innovative projects spearheaded by campus community members:

  • Faculty Innovation Grants for Diversity and Academic Excellence promote faculty leadership on advancing diversity and inclusion goals with department or College-specific aims in mind.
  • Diverse Opportunities to Inform and Teach Grants (DO IT!) promote innovative and collaborative diversity and inclusion programming between various staff, faculty, and student areas.
  • The Starting Endeavors that Educate around Diversity (S.E.E.D. Grant) is designed to support the programmatic ideas of Northeastern University students, faculty or staff that promote diversity and inclusion to the greater campus community.

City-Wide Collaborations: Northeastern and Office of Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Chief Diversity Officer have established groundwork for continued partnership, and identified opportunities to collaborate to enhance support for local Boston residents to become familiar with career opportunities at Northeastern. The Chief Diversity Officer and team will be present at upcoming jobs fairs, and continue to build networks between the campus and city.