Sonia Jurado will become Emerson’s new associate vice president for access and equity and Title IX coordinator on May 9, as announced by a campus-wide email correspondence from the Office of the Dean of Campus Life Monday morning.
Jurado will lead the Office of Access, Equity, and Title IX as well as a team of two deputy coordinators and investigators and a program coordinator, whose positions are yet to be filled. She hopes to “broaden the scope” of addressing discrimination, harassment and all forms of interpresonal violence at the college.
Currently working at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. as the director of the office of equal opportunity, Jurado is working to improve programs that address discrimination, harassment and sexual violence between students, faculty and staff. She has done similar work at Wellesley College, Mount Ida College and Tufts University.
Jurado’s background is in law; she worked as an attorney before transitioning into higher education, where she has been for over 10 years. She has experience conducting investigations and writing policies in the area of employment and civil rights laws, and has experience designing and training students, faculty and staff.
“The college was fortunate to have brought three highly talented finalists for interviews with the campus community, and Sonia emerged as the clear choice by the members of the faculty, staff, and student body who interviewed her,” the email read.