Authors' Statement

The purpose of this Anti-Racism guide is to connect students, staff, faculty, and community members to resources related to anti-racism work that are available through Northeastern University Library and Northeastern University. 

There are many other libraries and knowledge institutions that have led the way and modeled how information about anti-racism, anti-oppression, racial justice, and the Black Lives Matter movement can be shared and pursued. We suggest that you take a look at:

This guide, like the work of Anti-Racism, is a living guide that will develop over time and with the help of community input and feedback. You can reach us to provide feedback, and suggest resources in the form provided on this page. 

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Getting Started

We envision people using this guide in variety of ways. You can use the tabs to guide your journey to becoming anti-racist or finding anti-racism research and/or resources. 

  • Find Resources: The 'Find Resources' tab serves as an introduction to a variety of resources from books to databases to podcasts. 
  • Find Resources by College: Discover resources in your particular field and what your college is doing. 
  • Support at Northeastern:  Discover Northeastern University resources that you can support and take part in.
  • Take Action: Discover resources for getting involved on a broader level.

Northeastern Library Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Northeastern University Library actively pursues a society free of racism and universally committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Vocal support for social justice is essential but not enough. Commitment to these central values must come in the form of consistent, concrete actions in our daily work as individuals and through large-scale initiatives across the organization in order to improve our library and the communities it serves, within and beyond the university.

Among other activities, we are giving special attention to:

  • An Archives and Special Collections that collaborates on a peer-to-peer basis with social justice organizations in the Greater Boston Area, and that focuses on preserving and presenting the history and culture of groups that are largely underrepresented in university collections;

  • Constantly reviewing and expanding our library's resources to reflect authors and creators from the full breadth of our society and world, and to ensure that we have a collection of books and media that can help students and researchers understand and counteract racism;

  • Designing information systems that encode and support diversity and inclusion, including through our library platforms and projects that involve technical aspects, such as the Boston Research Center

  • Providing a welcoming environment and attracting a diverse staff into what traditionally has not been a very inclusive and diverse field.

We understand that this active stance requires a regular, critical self-assessment and transparency. This statement will be updated with new activities as our library advances toward these goals.