Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice

In the College of Science, we embrace a culture of respect, where each person is valued for their contribution and is treated equitably. We oppose racism. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination. We strive to have a diverse membership, where each person is trained and mentored to promote their success.

The College of Science stands united with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. We oppose Anti-Asian discrimination, harassment, and violence, and we categorically condemn the recent surge of horrific hate crimes against Asian Americans throughout the US. We are committed to fighting racism, intolerance, and xenophobia against AAPI communities both in the College and in society. 

College of Science Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice Action Plan for AY 20-21

The College of Science supports a culture where each person feels they belong, regardless of race, color, religion, religious creed, genetic information, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, veteran or disability status. We celebrate the diversity of our community, and we seek to expand representation to further excellence. We commit to be a College where members act with respect, trust, collaboration, and communication, and where inappropriate behavior is reported and acted on without fear of retaliation. Download our Principles of Community here.

We stand against racial violence and systemic injustice against Black people. We stand for anti-racist policies, equity, and justice within our College and across Northeastern University. We denounce the insidious disrespect of women that furthers gender inequity in science. We will work towards the following goals in support of these principles:

  1. Promote a culture of respect, support, and inclusion
  2. Enhance demographic representation and retention of faculty, staff, and students
  3. Engage our community in actions to promote equity and inclusion in the College.

We have identified actions and milestones below that will allow us to evaluate our efforts and report back to the community. We emphasize that this is a dynamic and evolutionary process, and we invite your input and participation. We cannot rely on those individuals most impacted to fix the problem.

View the COS Equity Dashboard

Want to help us make COS more inclusive and equitable? Send us your suggestions and ideas.

Faculty and Student Organizations

COS Student Diversity Advisory Council (COS SDAC)
Provides support for underrepresented students in the sciences. It helps members academically and professionally, and it provides postgraduate resources and a sense of community. COSSDAC also hosts science enrichment community programs.
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Northeastern’s Student Chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)
Northeastern's AWM chapter hopes to foster a communal environment within the math department that empowers women and other underrepresented gender identities in STEM to conduct research, experience co-op, study abroad, and more. The core o...
Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering (ADSE)
Focuses on increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in academia, industry, and government. Local, graduate student-run organizations reach out to students and scientists of all ages and backgrounds.
Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE)
Assists in the professional and personal advancement of women in science and engineering at NU. The GWISE mission is to identify and break down the barriers limiting the representation of women of all backgrounds in STEM careers.
Graduate Students of Color Collective (GSCC)
Builds community for graduate students of color at NU by promoting education, professionalism, and civic duty. The GSCC fosters student, staff, and faculty relationships to establish a campus home for higher education at Northeastern.
Marine and Environmental Science Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Mission is to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism through continual education and action, and to foster and maintain a culture that supports the well-being of all community members.
Math Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Mission is to foster an inclusive and welcoming climate for people of all backgrounds and identities. Strives to support marginalized groups by promoting policies that are against racism, sexism, ableism, and against general inequity.
COS Equity Facts and Figures
Of Faculty, Staff, and Student Respondents

in the COS Climate Survey reported they felt respected by colleagues and peers

16 COS faculty, Staff, and Students

Trained in Mental Health First Aid in Fall 2020

Years of Commitment

From the COS Mathematics department, who sponsor the Bridge to Calculus Program for Boston Public Schools

Of Student Respondents

To the COS Climate Survey report feeling included in discussions and activities in the classroom

Of COS Climate Survey Respondents

Agree that our community is accepting of different ideas

Student Organizations in the College of Science
Student Representatives

On the College Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice Committee

50% Women Speakers

For Fall 2020 departmental seminar series

Meet the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice Committee

Wendy Smith, Biology, Faculty Representative

Susan Sabado-Glaser, Biology, Staff Representative

Fausto Capelluto, Biology, Graduate Student Representative

Efosa Enoma, Biology, Undergraduate Student Representative

Mary Jo Ondrechen, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Faculty Representative

Robin Scibilia, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Staff Representative

Nathalie Myrthil, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Graduate Student Representative

Caroline Consoli, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Undergraduate Student Representative

Anthony Iarrobino, Mathematics, Faculty Representative

Elizabeth Qudah, Mathematics, Staff Representative

Lei Yang, Mathematics, Graduate Student Representative

Zoe Daunt, Mathematics, Undergraduate Student Representative

Rebecca Rosengaus, Marine and Environmental Sciences, Faculty Representative

Torrance Hanley, Marine and Environmental Sciences, Staff Representative

Sarit Truskey, Marine and Environmental Sciences, Graduate Student Representative

Jeriyla Kamau-Weng, Marine and Environmental Sciences, Undergraduate Student Representative

Toyoko Orimoto, Physics, Faculty Representative

Nancy Wong, Physics, Staff Representative

Asem Hassan, Physics, Graduate Student Representative

Jennifer Garland, Physics, Undergraduate Student Representative

Craig Ferris, Psychology, Faculty Representative

Gina Gonsalves, Psychology, Staff Representative

Yesenia Cruz, Psychology, Graduate Student Representative

Dor Perl, Psychology, Undergraduate Student Representative

Heather Littlefield, Linguistics, Faculty Representative

Alissa Link, NU Library, Staff Representative

Kellie Melchin, Graduate Administration, Staff Representative

Petula Durocher, Finance and Operations, Staff Representative

Heather Seligman, Faculty Affairs and Human Resources, Staff Representative

Kim Kelley, Marketing and Communications, Staff Representative

Lauren Machunis, Undergraduate Advising and Enrollment Management, Staff Representative

Randall Hughes, Associate Dean for Equity, Committee Chair

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Equity Programs

Bob Case Academy: Bridge to Calculus (Mathematics)

This alliance between Northeastern University’s Mathematics Department and the Boston Public Schools (BPS) prepares students in rigorous mathematics, and therefore for college and professional success.  The classical Bridge to Calculus program, launched by Northeastern’s Professor Emeritus Robert (Bob) Case in 1994, grew from 25 students to well over 100 students in recent years. Over the last 10 years, it has significantly increased the number of Black and Hispanic students taking the AP AB Calculus course and exam in the Boston Public Schools. The classes are taught on Northeastern’s Boston campus by experienced Boston high school teachers, with Northeastern faculty and undergraduate mentors offering collaboration and providing support. In addition, Bridge to Calculus has been an inspiration for the Math Department’s Calculus Field Day, a competition in April at Northeastern’s Boston campus involving teams from many Boston public schools. Typically, over 100 students from BPS participate in this event and in 2019, Mayor Walsh also attended. The Bridge to Calculus program has prepared students from marginalized groups for college acceptance and college success, and it has supported Northeastern’s efforts to recruit a diverse undergraduate population, including women, in STEM areas. Beginning this year, Bob Case Academy: Bridge to Calculus will build upon the traditional six-week summer enrichment program, including a year-round online Question Center (homework help for Calculus or Precalculus courses) for students, as well as individual tutoring by NU faculty, students, and community volunteers.

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BEACHES: Bridging Each Applicants Chances for Higher Education Success (Marine and Environmental Sciences)

Despite improvements in gender diversity in the geosciences in the last 40 years, ethnic and racial diversity has remained stagnant at the PhD level. Thus, efforts to increase diversity at the undergraduate level have not translated to the graduate level; additional programs are needed that specifically target the transition from undergraduate to graduate school. The BEACHES bridge workshop invites underrepresented minority and first-generation college students who are interested in graduate programs in marine and environmental science to spend three days at Northeastern, where we discuss career opportunities requiring graduate degrees in these fields, work with students to hone their graduate school applications, and prepare them for the application process. In the process, we pair participants with both faculty and peer mentors involved in the program. Because a single mentor is unlikely to meet all of a students’ needs, establishing these tiered mentoring networks is critical to continued student success. The goals of BEACHES are to increase the likelihood that students who participate in the program will apply to graduate school, and to enhance the probability that they will be accepted into a graduate program. We anticipate that a small portion of BEACHES students will apply to and attend Northeastern University for their graduate degrees, helping to increase representation in our graduate programs.

NU-SCI: Northeastern University Skills and Capacity for Inclusion (Biology, Chemistry and Chemical Biology)

Chemistry professor Mary Jo Ondrechen and Biology professor Wendy Smith are leading the Northeastern University Skills and Capacity for Inclusion (NU-SCI) project that focuses on training faculty on inclusive teaching and mentoring skills to include non-traditional students in the science majors and in the process of scientific discovery. Funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), NU-SCI aims to increase interest and success in the sciences for students who are underrepresented on the basis of their race/ethnicity as well as first-generation college students, using Northeastern’s renowned experiential learning approach as an educational foundation to the program. The project holds teaching circles to further faculty education, promotes course design and content to create a more inclusive environment, develops strategies for more effective instruction and mentoring of nontraditional students, and offers monthly gatherings for students in the Foundation Year Program that welcome, engage, and foster the success of nontraditional students. “First-generation students and Black, Indigenous, students of color are underrepresented in our science majors and we need to do a better job of including the whole talent pool,” said Ondrechen. “Improvements in curricula and in teaching and mentoring practices will create a better learning experience for all students.” Northeastern joins 23 other institutions across the country who were funded by the first round of HHMI’s 2017 Inclusive Excellence Initiative—a program aimed at helping increase capacity of colleges and universities to effectively engage all students so they can be successful in science, especially non-traditional students and undergraduates who enter four year institutions through nontraditional pathways.

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