Richard Harris

Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion,  Diversity Programs
Director of NU Program in Multicultural Engineering,  NUPRIME
Affiliated Faculty, Department of Africana Studies,  College of Social Sciences & Humanities


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Honors & Awards

  • 2020 College of Engineering Dean’s Meritorious Award
  • 2019 NSBE Minority Program Director of the Year
  • 2019 NSBE Boston Professional STEM Advocate Award
  • Fellow of the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • National GEM Consortium

Selected Research Projects


Oct 16, 2023

Participation at the 130th ASEE Gala

Northeastern University’s College of Engineering had a strong presence of faculty and staff at the 130th Gala of the American Society for Engineering Education which took place on October 10th in Washington, D.C.


Aug 01, 2023

Summer Bridge Scholars Program Builds Bonds, Promises Greater Retention Rates for First-Year Students

Northeastern’s Summer Bridge program, which started in the College of Engineering and is now university-wide, is a week-long program designed to help historically underrepresented accepted students prepare for their first year of college with mentoring, teambuilding, academic previews, and more.


Oct 27, 2022

Northeastern NACME Hackathon Team Wins 2nd Place

Northeastern NACME students placed second in a 30-hour Hackathon to design, develop, and market a solution to a real-world problem at the annual NACME (National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering) Conference for 2022.

Oct 18, 2022

Celebrating Massachusetts STEM Week

In celebration of Massachusetts STEM Week, Governor Charlie Baker spoke at the kickoff event held at Northeastern on Monday, about the importance of increasing awareness of STEM education and employment opportunities. ‘STEM is going to be part of everything.’ Northeastern hosts Gov. Charlie Baker to kick off STEM Week 2022 Main photo: Northeastern’s Boston campus […]

Sara Wadia-Fascetti, Jackie Isaacs, Rangal Hughes, Richard Harris


Aug 30, 2022

Expanding the Bridge to Doctorate STARS Program

Vice Provost of the PhD Network & CEE Professor Sara Wadia-Fascetti, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs & MIE Professor Jacqueline Isaacs, CEE Affiliated Faculty Randall Hughes, and Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Richard Harris were awarded a $1M NSF grant to expand the Northeastern LSAMP BD STARS Fellowship Pathway.

Students participating in Summer Bridge


Aug 04, 2022

Engineering Summer Bridge Program Goes University Wide

The Summer Bridge program started in the College of Engineering 20 years ago with just 11 students and has grown so much over the years that Northeastern welcomed its inaugural university-wide Summer Bridge program this year.


Jun 06, 2022

S-POWER: A Successful Model Toward Equalizing Opportunities for Underrepresented Students

The S-POWER (Student Pathways Opening World Energy Resources) five-year NSF S-STEM grant for primarily students entering Northeastern from community colleges and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) has been very successful and is now institutionalized in the college of engineering.

Richard Harris portrait


Apr 25, 2022

Richard Harris to Receive Inaugural Northeastern University Impact Award

Richard Harris, Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Engineering, will be honored as the inaugural award recipient of the Northeastern University Impact Award on May 6, 2022, during the university’s Networked for Life Event. The new Northeastern University Impact Award is bestowed upon a faculty or staff member who has […]


Sep 02, 2021

Increasing the Number of Underrepresented Students in STEM Fields

MIE Professor Hameed Metghalchi and Assistant Dean Richard Harris were awarded a $250K NSF sub-award for the “Louis Stokes Renewal STEM Pathways and Research Alliance: Northeast LSAMP 2021-2026.”

Karl Reid, Michael Silevitch, Claire Duggan, Richard Harris.


Aug 11, 2021

Northeastern Wins $10 Million NSF Grant to Boost People of Color and Women in Engineering Nationally

Northeastern’s College of Engineering won a prestigious NSF $10 million five-year grant, Engineering PLUS (Partnerships Launching Underrepresented Students) Alliance, to build a system and a network to increase engineering degrees among women and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and Other People of Color) nationally. Karl Reid, Northeastern University’s Chief Diversity Office, is PI, and Michael Silevitch, College of Engineering Distinguished Professor, ECE, Claire Duggan, director of STEM programs and operations, COE, and Richard Harris, assistant dean for Academic Scholarship, Mentoring, and Outreach and director of NU Program in Multicultural Engineering, COE, are co-PIs, as well as Karen Horting of the Society of Women Engineers.

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