Cathryn Edelstein

Senior Executive-in-Residence
Pronouns: (She/Her/Hers)
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Cathryn Cushner Edelstein teaches Intercultural Communication, Nonprofit Fundraising Campaigns and communication seminar courses for International Graduate Students. In addition to teaching, Cathryn oversees the iGrad Transition Program which provides mentoring assistance for incoming international graduate students and is the director of the Nonprofit Communication Management Minor in the Communication Studies Department.

Cathryn is the Founder of a book equity access campaign created for immersive learning for Emerson College students enrolled in the course: Nonprofit Fundraising Campaigns. Each semester a group of students creates a campaign for a different Boston Public School. We are currently focusing on the 40% of Boston’s schools that do not have a library. The benefiting schools receive hundreds of diverse and inclusive books that represent their student population. 

Published Works:  

Closing the Gender Gap on Nonprofit Boards   Invited Guest Author, Charity Navigator Blog, June 21, 2021

Emerson College Students Create a Diverse Book Campaign for Boston Public Schools While Studying Charity Navigator's DEI Goals Invited Guest Author, Charity Navigator Blog, April 12, 2021

University Nonprofit Courses Use Charity Navigator as Part of the Curriculum  Invited Guest Author, Charity Navigator Blog, March 19, 2020

Nonprofit Board Membership and the Gender Gap ,Tripodos Journal, No. 48, 2020, Advocating United Nations Sustainable Goals Through Strategic Diplomacy,  Blanquerna School of Communication and International Relations, Ramon Llull University

Developing Intercultural Competence Through Mediated Triple-Intercultural Classroom Collaboration Global Partners in Education Journal, Vol 5, No 1, 2015

Excuse Me, Can You Repeat That? How to Communicate in the U.S. as an International Students - A Reference Guide, November 12, 2012,  ©Five Star Publications, © 2016 Cathry Cushner Edelstein, ISBN-13: 978-1589852563



B.S., Boston University
M.A., New York University

Areas of Expertise

  • Non-Profit

Global & Civic Engagement

On the Same Page Boston

2019 - Current

Teachers know that reading is important. If a child doesn't have books to read, it negatively affects their education. With too many Boston Public Schools educating children without libraries in their buildings, it's the children that pay the price. Each semester Emerson College students and their Professor, Cathyn Edelstein, create a diverse and inclusive book campaign for a different Boston Public School. The goal is to provide each benefiting school with enough books that the school can either open its first library or share the books between classrooms if a space to within the school is not available. When young readers see themselves represented in the stories they read, they want to read more because they feel inspired, empowered, and self-confident.