EXPERIENCE IS A TRANSFORMATIONAL FORCE
We know what it takes to make a difference—and how it feels. We live it every day. Each insight powers us past the next hurdle. Today, a vanguard of donors is driving Northeastern’s historic $1.3 billion campaign. With initiatives that span the globe, accelerating outcomes, we’re creating a better world right now.
Stories of Impact
Venture capitalist and philanthropist John Martinson has donated $5 million to Northeastern’s honors program, which provides first-year students with unique experiential opportunities to learn both inside and outside the classroom. The newly named John Martinson Honors Program will support enhancing integration with the co-op program, and provide students with additional global experiential learning opportunities.
Every ballet dancer thinks ahead, to their next jeté, pirouette, and plié—but many do not plan for a career after their final curtain call. Through a unique partnership between Northeastern University and the Boston Ballet, professional dancers like Dawn Atkins can earn their college degree while continuing to train, perform, and hone their craft.
Northeastern’s Iota Phi Theta’s Omicron chapter has a storied history of brotherhood, leadership, and activism. Founded in 1973, the university’s first Black fraternity continues giving back to the community in myriad ways, including delivering support to Black Northeastern students through the Brutus “Skip” Wright Scholarship, a fund backed partly by Iota members.
What began as a school project morphed into a world-changing mission. Cynthia Orofo founded Culture Care Collective to help connect community healthcare workers to resources that allow them to improve and save lives.
Cristine Russell, Mills’71, is a pioneer, celebrated journalist, and change agent who is creating opportunities for women in the male-dominated STEM space. To that end, she founded the Russell Women in Science Leadership Program to offer students from underrepresented groups access to science experts and speakers, as well as to provide an empowering mentoring network for students.
Meet Meghan Phan, SSH’22. While working toward her degree, Meghan teamed up with her mother to open Sweet Piglet Bakery, a shop specializing in sweet treats, Vietnamese food, and coffee. Learn about starting a business as a student, and balancing work with family.
Meet coffee entrepreneur Martell Mason, SSH’07. Explore his journey from a Starbucks barista to a coffee importer and exporter in Turkey—and his 2021 launch of the Sepia Coffee Project.