Since 1972, the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute at Northeastern University has provided scholarships as a means of engaging the potential of underrepresented young scholars. Since the 1960’s, the Institute has not only played a significant role in supporting African-American students, but is also a global leader in advancing issues of diversity and inclusion. The Ujima Global Leaders Program serves the goal of inclusion from the perspective of leadership. UGLP focuses on developing leaders for an increasingly diverse and complex world. By supporting the student with a scholarship in recognition of accomplishment, Northeastern addresses the potential for students to become agents for positive change on local and global levels.The program is designed so participants can lead purposeful lives of global citizenship, excellence, service, and personal and professional success.
“Ujima” means “collective work and responsibility” in Swahili, and this concept best captures the essence of the Northeastern Ujima Global Leaders Program. Students who become Global Leaders engage in civic and community activities to make a lasting impact.