Diversity and Inclusion
Committed to Providing a Diverse, Inclusive, and Welcoming Environment for All Students
Diversity of culture, thought, and viewpoint is necessary for growth, in individuals and societies. Diversity expands our potential to develop solutions to global challenges and teaches us how to be agile thinkers and learners.
With a commitment to diversity, Northeastern’s College of Engineering offers several programs to welcome, support and create opportunity for all talented students from all around the world and with a variety of backgrounds. We also proactively engage younger students with several outreach programs to bring awareness of the exciting field of engineering and encourage the next generation. Our efforts are supported by a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee made up of representatives from across the college, including administrators, faculty, and students.
In 2017, the Dean of the College of Engineering signed the ASEE Engineering Dean’s Council Diversity Pledge, and in 2019 the College was selected as a recipient of the ASEE Diversity Recognition Program- Bronze level. In 2020, Northeastern became the only NACME (National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering) university partner in Massachusetts. In 2021, Northeastern was awarded a $10M National Science Foundation grant to build a system and a network to increase engineering degrees among women and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and Other People of Color) nationally.
BioE Alumni Spotlight: Solomon Mensah, Worchester Polytechnic Institute
Assistant Professor Solomon Mensah obtained a Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering from City College of New York and a PhD in Bioengineering in 2019 from Northeastern University. He was born in Ghana and is the CEO of Therapeutic Innovations Inc., which develops lifesaving medical devices for low to middle-income countries. Currently, he works at Worcester Polytechnic […]
Boston Public Schools Students in the Spotlight During Annual Science Fair at Northeastern University
The Center for STEM Education assisted with the coordination of the 77th Boston STEM Fair, which gives students from grades 6-12 a chance to showcase their science and engineering projects.
We Need People With Different Perspectives to Solve Problems
BioE Assistant Professor Mona Minkara speech at the United Nations about the need for visually impaired people in the field of science earned her a standing ovation.
Shaping the Future of Education in Africa
ECE Alum Mohamed Kante, E’12, founded iNERDE is to inspire and empower African youth to learn the skills they will need to make discoveries, think critically, and prosper in an evolving world.
“Through the Women in Engineering Program and organizations such as the Society of Women Engineers, our students receive a continuum of formal and informal support.”Rachelle Reisberg, assistant dean of Enrollment Management and Retention
“Whether they’re working on solar panels in Tanzania, doing groundbreaking biomedical work at Harvard Medical, or founding organizations to include LGBT people in STEM, women engineers are phenomenal.”Elizabeth Wig, BS in electrical engineering
“Everyone here knows me, and knows what I’m trying to achieve—and they help me reach my goals. I don’t think I would have that experience at another school.”Courtney Johnson, BS in chemical engineering
“By opening new pathways to welcome nontraditional students, we’re creating an engineering workforce of the future that is more innovative and more creative.”Richard Harris, assistant dean, and director of the Northeastern University Program in Multicultural Engineering (NUPRIME)
“The more young people we can reach, and the more moments of discovery we can create, the greater the chances that a future STEM professional will find his or her place in the world.”Claire Duggan, director, Center for STEM Education
Student Opportunity and Diversity - 2022
New First Year Women
Under-represented Minority First Year
Under-represented Minority First Year Retention
Honored with Two National Society of Black Engineers Awards
Assistant Dean Richard Harris was selected as a STEM Advocate 2019 Honoree by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Boston and received the NSBE 2019 Golden Torch Award as a Minority Engineering Program Director of the Year for 2018-2019.Full Article - STEM Advocate NSBE Award
Strong Female Role Models Contributed to Their Success
Jennifer Morales comes from a place where feminist role models are rare and detainees are prevalent. No one, she said, expected her to get a PhD in bioengineering. Joined by fellow bioengineering PhD graduate Jaclyn Lock, she has provided support and guidance to dozens of women and girls during her time at Northeastern.Full Article - Female PhD Student Successes
Featured Student Organizations
Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers
Derek Tran, BS/MS, mechanical engineering, shares his experience as co-president of the Northeastern Student Chapter of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers.
Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers
Northeastern’s SHPE is a professional organization whose goal is to enable Latinos in the New England area to pursue, obtain and develop successful careers in STEM fields.