Equity, Access, and Social Justice

Collective Work; Authentic Community

At Emerson College, we know there is joy in the work of equity, access, and social justice (EASJ). We strive to create an institutional culture that is inspiring and exuberant. We believe in co-creating a learning and working environment that is equity-centered where people can find authentic community, engage in authentic growth, and be their authentic selves. 

Across Emerson and beyond, students, faculty, staff, alumni, institutional leadership, and community-based partners and organizations work together to grow in knowledge and empathy about the impact of systemic bias. We are committed to using that understanding to interrogate and address policies and practices that reinforce structural oppression in U.S. and global society, or exclude and diminish members of our community. 

Diversity is our strength and inspiration. Embedded within every department, program, and field of study is a deep appreciation and commitment to learning from one another. We center joy, creativity, and self-expression as we grow into our values of equity, access, and social justice every day. 

Social Justice Collaborative

The Social Justice Collaborative (SJC) works expansively with the Emerson campuses, community partners, and local neighborhoods to co-design and co-create strategic and sustainable initiatives that deepen access, healing, and liberatory social justice practices.

Internationalization and Equity

The Office of Internationalization and Equity (IE) uses diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and social justice (DEIASJ) principles as a foundation for internationalization initiatives at the College’s campuses in Boston, Los Angeles, and the Netherlands.

Emerson Prison Initiative

The Emerson Prison Initiative (EPI) democratizes access to higher education in Massachusetts by offering a pathway to a bachelor’s degree from Emerson College to people who are incarcerated.

Intercultural Student Affairs

Intercultural Student Affairs supports the integration of all BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students into the wider College community through programming and training focused on diversity, equity, inclusion, identity, and social justice.

Elma Lewis Center

The Elma Lewis Center creates and sustains relationships with community-based organizations and movements that center community voices and organize at the grassroots for transformational healing and change.

Student Success

The Office of Student Success connects students with services and support for their academic, financial, interpersonal, personal and wellness concerns.