Civic Sustainability, Diversity, and Inclusion Advisory Council

Northeastern University's College of Social Sciences and Humanities

The College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) at Northeastern believes diversity and inclusion are central to achieving our goals of academic excellence and global engagement. The Civic Sustainability, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council is dedicated to ensuring a culture of inclusion within CSSH.

Civic sustainability is a method used to frame everyday interactions in the highest regard for each other’s dignity, habits of mind, ways of being, and means of expression. This practice will create a culture of inclusion in which diverse peoples, languages, and ways of thinking are valued and shared in collective efforts to address the pressing social concerns of our time.

Our goals are in keeping with the University’s Strategic Plan relating to diversity and inclusion.

Past Events

The CSDI Advisory Council Member, Adam Hosein, Gives the Second Faculty Seminar on Race and Justice

 The Institute on Race and Justice (IRJ) hosted the second Faculty Research Seminar on Feb. 13 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm, featuring Dr. Adam Hosein, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Northeastern University. Dr. Hosein’s talk, “Inequality and Insecurity—A Discussion of the Travel Ban,” discussed “the arguments in Trump v. Hawaii and elsewhere…
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The 3rd Winter Gateway Speaker Series with April Ryan

The College of Social Sciences and Humanities was proud to co-sponsor the 3rd Annual Winter Gateway Speaker Series welcoming April Ryan, an outstanding White House journalist, to Northeastern University’s campus as our featured guest speaker. The event was hosted on Friday, February 8th from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at Blackman Auditorium. Public conversation with…
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Congratulations to NU 5th Annual Reach(OUT) LGBTQA Successful 2018 Conference

Congratulations to Northeastern University 5th Annual Reach(OUT) LGBTQA+ Career Conference Student and Staff Planning Committees’ successful 2018 conference. The CSDI advisory council in CSSH was pleased to co-sponsor this event that helps break down barriers and empowering our LGBTQA+ students and fellow professionals in preparing for the workplace and life after college. Click HERE to view pictures of the event!

Congratulations on the success of the NU Global Health Initiative (NUGHI) 2018!

Congratulations on the success of the NU Global Health Initiative (NUGHI), held Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th, 2018 at Northeastern University. The first student-led conference of its type welcomed more than 200 attendees, including leading experts from major institutions and students across campuses. The two keynote speakers at the conference featured Dr. Peter…
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Faculty Seminar on Race and Justice

The Institute on Race and Justice hosted its inaugural Faculty Research Seminar, featuring Dr. Kevin Drakulich, Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University.  Dr. Drakulich’s presentation entitled, “Racial Justice vs. Racial Resentment: What to Expect from Midterm Voters in the Era of Black Lives Matter and Donald Trump,” was…
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CSSH student Celene Chen: Researching the Impact of Northeastern on Boston Neighborhoods

Celene Chen is a fourth year Economics major and Women’s Gender Sexuality Studies minor who has focused her research at the intersections of these two fields. As a student of Dr. Moya Bailey, Assistant Professor and Member of the CSDI Advisory Council,  she expanded her national research on housing affordability in urban neighborhoods to study…
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Shaun King: Making Change Happen

Shaun King is a civil rights activist who is known for using social media to disseminate stories of injustice, racism and police brutality. He visited Northeastern as the second Winter Gateway Speaker on February 9th. During his visit, King conducted a master class with a small group of students, faculty, staff and community activists where…
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Ellen Cushman on Inventing Writing

Professor Ellen Cushman, Chair of Civic Sustainability, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiatives Advisory Council, joined Dan Cohen in Episode 5 of the What’s New Podcast. ..
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Podcast Episodes on Gender, Race and Medicine from Northeastern Students

For Dr. Moya Bailey’s (Assistant Professor of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and CSDI Advisory Council Member) class on Gender, Race and Medicine, student pairs produced a 6-10 minute podcast episode on a topic of their choosing related to the class content. Student were encouraged to be creative with…
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In conversation with Dr. Adrienne Keene

Following her well-attended talk at Northeastern in January, Dr. Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation), Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies, Brown University sat down with Dr. Ellen Cushman (Cherokee Nation), Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion, to continue the conversation on native identity, native appropriations, and settler colonialism. In a series of…
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Future Events


Spring 2019 Myra Kraft Open Classroom: Ending Criminalization of Youth of Color

The Open Classroom Seminar hosted on March. 20 will focus on Ending Criminalization of Youth of Color. This seminar features 5 speakers: –Kemarah Sika, Vice President of Programs – Boston YW. –Janelle Ridley, Program Manager of Student Voice and Initiatives – Boston Public Schools. –Adiel Pollydore, Communications Director – I Have a Future. –True-See Allah,…
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The Third Annual Women of Color in the Academy Conference

Northeastern is proud to host the 3rd Annual Boston-Wide Women of Color in the Academy Conference in 2019. This year’s conference theme is Caring for Self, Caring for the Collective. The conference will be held in the Curry Student Center at Northeastern University on Friday, March 22, from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. This year’s keynote speakers are: Margaret Woo,…
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Matthew Lee: Incorporating an interdisciplinary approach in psychology and human services program

The Civic Sustainability, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council is pleased to welcome Professor Matthew Lee as one of our newest advisory council members.  Professor Lee joined the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at CSSH in Fall 2018 as a teaching professor to support the Human Service...

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Branden Fitelson: Taking Grassroots Efforts to Build Inclusive Communities of Scholars

Branden Fitelson has been a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy in Northeastern University’s College of Social Sciences and Humanities since 2016. His research focuses on logic, philosophy of science, and epistemology. He has two decades of experience using grassroots organizing techniques to bu...

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Shytierra Gaston: Using Mixed Methodologies to Address Inequity in Criminal Justice

The Civic Sustainability, Diversity and Inclusion Council Admin Team is pleased to welcome Dr. Shytierra Gaston to CSSH as an Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Professor Gaston comes to Northeastern from Indiana University Bloomington’s Department of Criminal Justice. Pro...

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Élika Ortega: Organizing a Digital Humanities Conference in the Global South

Dr. Élika Ortega, CSDI Advisory Council Member and Assistant Professor of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies, served as co-chair of the Programming Committee for the 2018 Digital Humanities Conference (DH2018), held in Mexico City, Mexico from June 26-2...

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Theodore C. Landsmark: Working towards Just Cities

Dr. Ted Landsmark is a Distinguished Professor in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. He also serves as Director of the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy within the school. This year, the Dukakis Center initiate...

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Welcoming Tiffany Joseph to the CSDI diversity council

Professor Tiffany Joseph is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, and International Affairs in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. She is one of our newest members of the the Dean’s Council of Civic Sustainability, Diversity and Inclusion. ...

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