Shepard Vargo is the administrative associate to the Chair of Communication Studies at Emerson College, specializing in areas such as public relations and global communication. Holding a Master of Arts in Public Relations from Emerson College and a Master of Arts in Global Communication from Blanquerna University, Barcelona, Shepard brings a diverse and comprehensive perspective to the department.
Shepard's journey is marked by significant achievements both in academia and athletics. As a 2x NCAA All-American wrestler (2nd in 2013 and 5th in 2015), he was recently inductioned into his alma mater's Athletic Hall of Fame further underscores his dedication and talent in the realm of sports.
In addition to his academic and administrative responsibilities, Shepard is deeply committed to community engagement and mentorship. As an Associate Board Member of Beat The Streets New England, he contributes programing that intertwines mentorship and coaching with wrestling, focusing on the social-emotional development of youth.
Shepard's involvement in initiatives like the Rediscover Rosarito Public Diplomacy program highlights his passion for using education as a tool for societal improvement and global connection. These experiences reflect his dedication to public diplomacy and international relations, principles that he enthusiastically brings to his work at Emerson College.
Shepard is a staunch believer in the transformative power of immersive education and sports as soft power in shaping societal narratives and fostering community development. His research interests include public diplomacy, nation branding, urban affairs, and related fields, and he is actively engaged in advancing research and discussion in these areas.
His approach to education and mentorship is profoundly influenced by his own journey of resilience and adaptability, resonating with students and colleagues alike. At Emerson College, Shepard Vargo continues to be dedicated to nurturing the next generation of leaders and thinkers.