Office of Affirmative Action and Diversity records
The collection consists of brochures, newsletters, fliers, and other printed material. The collection is unprocessed. Northeastern University’s Affirmative Action Office (AAO) was created in 1975 in response to several federal laws and regulations designed to encourage employment and educational equity at institutions throughout American society. President Asa Knowles was head of a group of Boston-area university presidents who tried to adhere to these new rules. During his tenure, Northeastern University established the Afro-American Institute and sought to enroll and retain African American students as well as hire and promote African American faculty and staff. The efforts of John Curry, Northeastern University’s first acting affirmative action officer and later president, to end discrimination were especially aggressive from his work on Northeastern University’s first affirmative action plan. In 1975 Northeastern University appointed its first director/dean of the Affirmative Action Office, Ann Duncan-Glasgow. After her departure in 1977, President Ryder hired Ellen S. Jackson in 1978. As Northeastern University became increasingly diverse and more groups pressed for equity, the Affirmative Action Office’s scope expanded from a primary concern with racial and gender issues to address limits on the rights and advancement of gays and people with disabilities. Accessioned 2008 Dec 22. Material came via the mail and from other collections. Add to A68. 46/1
Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.
- ca. 1991-2005
0.15 cubic feet (0.15 cubic feet in 1 half-manuscript box and 1 oversize folder.)