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Social Change @ Northeastern

The Burnes Center builds on the many social impact projects taking place across Northeastern’s colleges and schools.

The Burnes Center is but one of many innovative and bold projects to promote social change and social justice across the University. We want to celebrate the broad range of social impact initiatives at Northeastern seeking to improve people’s lives.


The following is a partial list that will be regularly updated. If your work is not on this list already, we would love to include it. Please share your information by emailing us and we will be in touch with you.


Current Projects: Social Change @ Northeastern

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  • Boston Ballet

    Molly Smith

    Together, Boston Ballet and Northeastern University provide dancers with the opportunity to earn bachelor’s or advanced degrees while continuing their demanding practice and performance schedule. In preparation for their transition from professional dancing, this partnership offers degree programs and experiential learning opportunities that will position them for success as they start new careers.

  • Boston Housing Support Stations

    Dan Jackson

    We are a coalition working together to fight displacement and eviction during the COVID crisis and beyond. This effort has resulted in a rich collaboration among the NuLawLab, the City of Boston Artist-in-Residence program and Office of Housing Stability, Maverick Landing Community Services, City Life Vida Urbana, Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Suffolk University Legal Innovation & Technology Lab, Ropes & Gray, and Runcible Studios to introduce “housing stability stations” throughout Boston neighborhoods. The stations are designed to provide local residents with access to two things: (1) computers, internet access, and printers; and (2) law student volunteers who can help them use that technology to access the various government and non-profit programs that are making money (and other resources) available to secure housing stability in the wake of the pandemic.

  • Boston Research Center

    Dan Cohen

    The Boston Research Center (BRC), based at the University Libraries, is a digital community history and archives lab. The mission of the BRC is to help bring Boston’s deep neighborhood and community histories to light through the creation and use of new technologies. Through these technologies, Boston residents can share the underrepresented stories from their community’s past, as well as a deeper understanding of how this past shapes our present.

  • Bridge to Calculus

    Rajini Jesudason, Program Director

    Bridge to Calculus prepares high school students to take AP calculus and other calculus courses, mainly through its signature program, an intensive six-week summer session on the Northeastern University campus. Math skills open opportunities for all students.

  • Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict

    Gordana Rabrenovic

    The Brudnick Center seeks solutions to problems of hostility and hatred based on group differences through research projects, educational endeavors, and collaboration.

  • Business Sustainability Initiative

    David Myers

    Northeastern University is deeply committed to integrating sustainability into the academic curriculum. A Northeastern education integrates the theory and practice through active learning, problem-driven research, corporate partnerships, and experiential assignments. Sustainability is one of the university’s overarching research themes. Faculty pursue research that addresses global and societal problems.

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