NU Parents

NU Parents is a new faculty and staff affinity group for working parents.

Membership is open to all Northeastern faculty and staff who are parents or expecting parents!  We know that parenting is the hardest job and your first job! We will have events and resources for each phase of parenthood, whether you are still changing diapers, teaching your teenager how to drive a car or if your child has left the nest. Join our community for events, social networking, and mentoring.  It takes a village to raise a child – join our village.

Mission & History

The mission of NU Parents is to provide personal and professional development for working parents and create a strong network of fulfilled members at Northeastern University.

NU Parents began as a group in 2011 of 4 women who gathered for lunch occasionally and discussed new parenthood situations.  As women started inviting their friends, this group grew to 65 women across Northeastern colleges and departments. This group called themselves NU MOMS.  NU MOMS was responsible for petitioning Northeastern to improve their parental leave policy, which was launched in November 2018. Today, we affirm ourselves as an inclusive group to all parents at Northeastern.

  • Participants will:
    • Define professional goals and motivations
    • Identify subgroups based on identities and affiliations
    • Create leads of committees to fulfill the goals
    • Expand their personal and professional networks
    • Strive to enhance a sense of community among staff and faculty who are working parents
  • To provide professional development opportunities for faculty and staff parents through events, mentoring, social networking, and other resources.
  • To create subgroups within NU Parents which will provide resources and networking within similar phases of parenting.
  • To create networks for ongoing dialogue on issues impacting professional and career development and policy change.
  • To advocate for the working parents of Northeastern, making Northeastern an “employer of choice.”

NUParents hosts a variety of recurring events to engage all working parents at Northeastern including monthly luncheons and book club discussions.

In addition, NUParents hosts semesterly personal and professional development events.

Leadership Committee
Connect with Us

Join the NUParents Group on Microsoft Teams. This is the space to share resources, provide input and build community. There are also sub-groups to join based on your stage of parenting.

Affinity Group Leadership

Esther Cohen
Business Manager, Department of Bioengineering

My role as the Business Manager is to work strategically with the department chair on department goals and growth. I oversee all operations and staff management for the department. I have been active in the leadership of NUParents since 2016 and I have 2 elementary school children.
Ali Joyce
Assistant Co-op Coordinator

Role in affinity group: Creates graphics and coordinates communications

Ali Joyce, Assistant Co-op Coordinator. I work with students in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department teaching and advising them through the co-op search cycle. Additionally, I manage employer partnerships in electrical and software engineering space. I am the newcomer to the NUParents Leadership team. I create the graphics and coordinate the communications from the group.
Alison Nogueira
Director of College of Engineering Co-op

Role in affinity group: Co-founder and Co-chair

Alison Nogueira, Director of College of Engineering Co-op. My role is to partner with the COE Assistant Dean of Co-op to lead the COE co-op program and manage the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering undergraduate and graduate co-op team/program. I also advise a cohort of students, employers and teach the Introduction to Cooperative Education course. I am one of the co-founders and current co-chair of NUParents.
Melissa Peikin
Director of Undergraduate Co-op

Role in affinity group: Co-founder, assists with programming and community building

Melissa Peikin, Director of Undergraduate Co-op, Khoury College of Computer Sciences. My role is to manage the undergraduate co-op team, and I also work with a cohort of students, employers and teach sections of our co-op preparation class. I’m one of the co-founders of NUparents and work on the leadership team to assist with programming and community building.