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Creator:Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of Affirmative Action and Diversity.
Title:Office of Affirmative Action and Diversity records
Dates:1973-1995 (bulk 1975-1986)
Call Number:A68
Location: 31/2
Volume:2 cubic ft. (2 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:This collection documents NU’s efforts to comply with federal laws and regulations designed to end discrimination in employment settings. Although the records cover the period from the mid 1970s until the mid 1990s, there are gaps.
Historical Abstract:Northeastern University’s (NU) 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, NU 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, NU’s first acting affirmative action officer and later president, to end discrimination were especially aggressive from his work on NU’s first affirmative action plan. In 1975 NU appointed its first director/dean of the AAO, Ann Duncan-Glasgow. After her departure in 1977, President Ryder hired Ellen S. Jackson in 1978. As NU became increasingly diverse and more groups pressed for equity, the AAO’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.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Jackson, Ellen S.

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of Affirmative Action and Diversity.

  • Affirmative action programs--Massachusetts.
  • Minorities employment--Massachusetts.

Restrictions:Records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Paige Roberts, September 2003