NEBHE aims to lead the region in reparative justice efforts, and, to that end, we have developed a series of new initiatives to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) faculty. We call these faculty initiatives the North Star Collective (NSC).
Rationale for Name
The “North Star Collective” name has several historical and contemporary influences. “North Star” pays homage to the fact that enslaved Africans and African Americans used the North Star in the night sky to guide them to freedom. The name is also a nod to The North Star, the antislavery newspaper published by African American abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
NEBHE believes it is important that higher education institutions acknowledge the ways in which they have benefitted directly or indirectly from slavery and its long legacy as well as that of white supremacy. We also believe that institutions can support the NEBHE’s NSC faculty initiatives as a way to repair the harm and use them as a way to move forward to become a refuge for BIPOC faculty in the ways that the “North” was once imagined in American history as a promised land of freedom.
The term “collective” reflects our aim to establish a community of BIPOC faculty that are tied together by shared experiences as marginalized peoples in predominantly white institutions in New England. Historically and contemporarily, “collective” has been used by activist groups to promote the liberation, uplift, health and wellbeing, and overall care of BIPOC people. This collective of initiatives will be established by and for BIPOC faculty, and will serve to support these holistic goals as well.
The North Star Collective (NSC) is a group of colleges and universities in the New England region that are committed to transforming their institutions and uplifting BIPOC faculty on their campuses. The vision for the NSC is two-fold: to support institution leaders in their transformative work and restore BIPOC faculty. In the pilot year (2021-2022), we are excited to welcome 13 institutions as our founding members of the NSC: Bridgewater State University, Clark University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Endicott College, Framingham State University, Goodwin University, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, Salem State University, Simmons University, University of Bridgeport, University of Massachusetts – Boston, and the University of Southern Maine.
Click here to view the brochure about the North Star Collective’s pilot year.
North Star Collective Faculty Fellowship
NEBHE invites applications for the inaugural cohort of the North Star Collective Faculty Fellowship. The fellowship is a semester-long fellowship in Spring 2022 that promotes healing and repair by providing a nourishing community of care, mentorship and professional development for early career BIPOC faculty in New England.
The Fellowship is created by BIPOC faculty for BIPOC faculty to support their professional development. It is focused specifically on supporting fellows’ writing and publishing endeavors and overall wellbeing, which are both essential to advancement, tenure and promotion. The Fellowship will provide a support network for BIPOC faculty to help navigate the challenges they face in their academic careers, to promote wellness and healthy work-life balances, and to foster a community of care for Fellows’ holistic growth.
For the pilot year (2021-2022), NEBHE hopes to select up to two fellows from each founding member institution (approximately 20-25 total).
Click here to view the Call for Applications. Applications are due Friday, November 12, 2021 at 11:59 pm via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please note this date was extended from the original application deadline.)