New assistant dean for campus life hired


Ching-Bush cites active communication with students as the most important step in any sanctioning process.  Photo courtesy of Beacon Archives.

By Chris Van Buskirk, Contributing Reporter

Assistant Dean of students Ching-Bush begins new job at Emerson. Photo by Ziyah Solomon

The college hired Elizabeth Ching-Bush to fill the new role of assistant dean for campus life.

Ching-Bush, who started working on Jan. 8, is tasked with leading a restructured community standards and conduct division. She will also serve as the primary liaison to the Title IX Equity and Access office and assist in the sanctions panel for sexual misconduct violations.  

I am excited to have her help us continue to develop a residential program committed to providing an environment where students can find their voice and develop from intentional and purposeful interactions in the residence halls and spaces around campus,” Associate Dean for Campus Life Erik Muurisepp wrote in an email to the Emerson community.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Ching-Bush attended Adelphi University where she graduated with a masters degree in social work. Ching-Bush last held the position of assistant dean of students for four years at Suffolk University.

Ching-Bush said she began as the chief conduct officer at Suffolk, but eventually the position evolved into supervising the school’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion as well as the Interfaith Center. She also worked as the interim director of residence life and housing for a period of time.

“[It was] a lot of behind the scenes work that a lot of people wouldn’t really know was being done because it didn’t change our day-to-day, it just made it more effective,” Ching-Bush said.

Ching-Bush said she looks forward to more hands on work in Emerson’s housing division as the majority of students will eventually live on-campus by 2019.

“For me, I really want to be a sounding board for individual students and staff [and] faculty members that I might work with,” Ching-Bush said.  

In high school, Ching-Bush wanted to be involved in the arts but she didn’t think she had enough talent to pursue her artistic dreams. That’s why she wanted to work at Emerson even though Suffolk is just across Boston Common, she said.

“I thought ‘wow how awesome would it be to work with students and help and encourage and support students who had the same dream that I had at one point,’” Ching-Bush said.