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Northeastern University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Phone
(617) 373-2000
School Information
"At Northeastern, experience is our essence and ethos. It’s what you gain when you make the world your classroom, your laboratory, and your platform to create change or grow your enterprise. Throughout our university network, experience draws you into society and compels you to solve its complex challenges. It makes you agile and able to reinvent yourself. To find ways of doing things differently, and better. And to seize opportunities as they unfold—anytime, anywhere." The university employs over 3,000 academic staff, enrolls over 27,600 students, and offers academic programs through its nine academic units. (Source: https://www.northeastern.edu/experience/) (Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20120724115211/http://iris.lib.neu.edu/etd/)
General Information
Northeastern University has provided funding to advocates of Critical Race Theory. Recently, the university awarded a TIER 1 grant to professors Julia Flanders and Nicole Aljoe of the “woman writers project” to work on a new project, “Representing Racial Identity in Early Women’s Writing,” in which they will “convene an international group of scholars who work in critical race theory to inform our encoding and collection development practices, and will publish the results of our discussions.” No Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • On November 1, 2021, following up on Northeastern’s 2020 nine-point plan to combat systemic racism on campus, the university launched an “online anti-racism and cultural literacy training that will be required of the entire university community—students, faculty, and staff.”
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • As part of NUpath, the core curriculum at Northeastern University, all undergraduate students are required to complete a course in Interpreting Cultures and a course in Engaging Difference and Diversity.
Program and Research Funding
  • In 2019, Patricia Williams joined Northeastern law faculty as Distinguished Professor of Law and Humanities. “Williams is a lawyer who has authored several books on critical race theory and gender theory...Announcing her appointment, James Hackney, dean of the School of Law, hailed Williams as 'a leading figure in the legal academy, and one of the preeminent social theorists of our time.'”
  • In 2020, Northeastern awarded a TIER 1 grant to professors Julia Flanders and Nicole Aljoe of the “woman writers project” to work on a new project, “Representing Racial Identity in Early Women’s Writing,” in which they will “convene an international group of scholars who work in critical race theory to inform our encoding and collection development practices, and will publish the results of our discussions.”
  • The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a number of grants for faculty, staff, and students to pursue and promote educational efforts in diversity, equity, and social justice.
Resources
  • The university's 2021 Black History Month programming includes an event called “Dive into critical race theory”. Description: “Join the Writing Program and Writing Center for the first 2021 installment in their visiting guest lecture series, featuring researcher and professor Romeo García, who will discuss the complexities of modern colonialism and white supremacy. The event will be held on Zoom on Friday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. EST.”
  • The University Library provides a number of resources on diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism, anti-oppression, racial justice, and the Black Lives Matter movement.
  • The Center for Law, Equity, and Race (CLEAR) at the School of Law is an interdisciplinary convening space for faculty and students engaged in research and innovative pedagogy to address racial injuries of the past, racial redress, reparations, and restorative racial justice through programs like the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) and the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF).
  • Professor and critical race scholar, Dr. Meredith Clark, is the Founding Director of the new Center for Communication, Media Innovation and Social Change which will serve as a “hub for the advanced study of race, ethnicity, and activism.”
  • The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Northeastern University has a number of programs, initiatives, workshops, and trainings to promote diversity, inclusion, and social justice.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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