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

Centering Indigenous Knowledges: Resilience and Women in the Sciences

A gathering to learn, celebrate, and acknowledge resilience from indigenous peoples’ knowledges, was held on October 3rd, 2019 at Wentworth Innovation + Entrepeneurship Center and the Museum of Fine Arts – Boston. Grace Bulltail, citizen of the Crow Tribe and a descendant of the Madan, Hidatas, and Arikara Tribes of Fort Berthold, North Dakota; Sapoóq’is…
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A Night of Civil Conflict: Responding to Hate

Over 170 students, faculty, and concerned community members across the Boston area gathered in Raytheon’s Amphitheatre Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for the convening of Northeastern’s Conflict. Civility, Respect. Peace. Northeastern Reflects Civic Sustainability series: Responding to Hate. Hosted by Michael S. Dukakis in conjunction with the Presidential Council on Inclusion and Diversity,…
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Northeastern University successfully hosted the 2019 Women of Color in the Academy Conference

Northeastern was proud to host the 3rd Annual Boston-Wide Women of Color in the Academy Conference on Friday, March 22, from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. This year’s conference theme was Caring for Self, Caring for the Collective. The conference drew together more than 150 attendees from the greater Boston region who represented a variety…
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Congratulations to the Successful 2019 WGSS Symposium on Feminist Resilience

Sponsored by the Global Resilience Institute and the Northeastern Humanities Center, the Sixth Annual Women’s History Month Symposium was hosted by the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program (WGSS) on Friday, March 15, 2019, at John D. O’Bryant African American Institute. This year’s symposium welcomed participants from Boston-area institutions to discuss the hidden premises and…
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CSSH Circle the World!

CSSH Circle the World, a series of events hosted by CSSH Circle (Creating International Relationships through Collaboration, Leadership and Experience), offers opportunities for critical discussion among international and globally minded CSSH students. All undergraduate students from across the college are welcomed to explore countries, regions and cultures through media, food and shared experiences. The events…
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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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Future Events


Author Talk – The Words of My Father: Love and Pain in Palestine with Yousef Bashir

Yousef Bashir is a Northeastern Alumnus who was born and raised in the Gaza Strip.  His memoir recounts his adolescence in Gaza during the Second Intifada and how he became an advocate for peace.


Jonathan Osborne: Applying the ability to support diversity and inclusion efforts in the academy

Congratulations to Jonathan Osborne for receiving a Diversity Scholars Fellowship at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. Jonathan is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English, and a former graduate assistan...

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Eunsong Kim: Naturalizing consistent conversations of inclusion and diversity in literacy studies

Dr. Eunsong Kim has been selected as an awardee in the 2019 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship competition, sponsored by the Ford Foundation and administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Med...

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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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