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Diti Kohli

Diti Kohli, Print Designer

Diti Kohli graduated in 2022. She previously served as The Beacon's Editor-in-Chief, and later helped put together the paper's weekly print product. Kohli also serves as a digital producer at The Boston Globe and spends her free time watching Bollywood movies or making chili.

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First year students left to right: Carrie Aubin, Chloe Shaar, Eva Charbonnnier, and Isabella Espejo, calling their parents about the colleges decision to shut the Boston campus down.

Timeline: How COVID-19 transformed life at Emerson

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
Published March 22, 2021

In the year since the COVID-19 pandemic's first wave swept through the city of Boston, students have been hit by a barrage of  life-altering emails and...

Valentina Amaro holds up a #ThisIsEmerson sign during the walk out.

Emerson administration, faculty, and staff respond to Emerson Students of Color Week of Action demands

By Ann E. Matica and Diti Kohli
Published February 14, 2021

Emerson administrators said they would meet with students of color virtually in an effort to create a more equitable environment in an email sent on Feb....

Students walking along Boylston Street.

Struggling to contain virus cases, administrators lay blame on student behaviors

By Andrew Brinker and Diti Kohli
Published February 7, 2021

Top Emerson officials pinned the recent surge of positive COVID-19 tests on students’ lax behaviors Saturday, despite repeatedly touting the strength...

The Beacon documented campus life in a year that brought a pandemic, presidential election, and nationwide civil rights movement.

2020 in review: The biggest Beacon stories from a year marked by tumult

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
Published December 31, 2020

Call 2020 unprecedented. Isolating. Terrifying. But it’s one year no one will soon forget.  Emerson operated as normal for a few short months, abruptly...

A couple sledding their child through the Boston Common.

Photos: Powerful snowstorm hits Massachusetts for first time in years

By Domenic Conte and Diti Kohli
Published December 17, 2020

A thick, white blanket of snow descended on Emerson’s campus and the city of Boston Thursday, thanks to a storm that brought record snowfall, freezing...

President Lee Pelton announced the Marlboro-Emerson merger at a town hall meeting in fall 2019. Jakob Menendez / Beacon Staff

President Lee Pelton to resign in June, lead Boston Foundation

Emerson President M. Lee Pelton will leave his position in June to take over as chief executive officer and president of local philanthropic leader The...

Diti Kohli is the Editor-in-Chief of The Beacon.

Letter from the Editor: Where we’re at and what we still have to do

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
Published November 19, 2020

The Beacon’s first print issue of the semester in early September initiated a wave of resignations from almost 20 staff members. Some felt deeply mistreated...

A look back on Joe Biden’s 2003 Emerson Commencement speech

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
Published November 7, 2020

More than 17 years before Joe Biden became the President-elect, he received an honorary doctorate degree from Emerson and commended the college’s graduating...

Biden defeats Trump, vows to bring new direction for divided U.S.

Biden defeats Trump, vows to bring new direction for divided U.S.

By Diti Kohli and Charlie McKenna
Published November 7, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden is slated to become the 46th president of the United States after accruing at least 290 electoral votes and emerging...

Tris Arthur dropping off her absentee ballot application in the mailbox outside of the Colonial Theater.

Why your absentee ballot might not count

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
Published October 14, 2020

Days after Noah Matalon moved into the Little Building to begin his Emerson career, his mom paid him a visit. She buckled into her Acura RDX and made the...

Protesters carry a banner that read Justice for Breonna Taylor on Friday.

Protesters marched to Boston City Hall over Breonna Taylor case

By Andrew Brinker and Diti Kohli
Published September 26, 2020

Thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Boston Friday evening to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Louisville woman fatally shot...

Skies in Danville, California

As West Coast burns, some students worry for their hometowns

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
Published September 16, 2020

More than 3,000 miles away from Emerson's flagship campus, the West Coast is on fire.  California, Oregon, and Washington are grappling with record-breaking...

Senior Max Tedford said the Los Angeles program was 60 percent of the reason he decided to attend Emerson in the first place.

ELA students mourn missed opportunities as program shifts online

By Katie Redefer, Domenic Conte and Diti Kohli
Published September 10, 2020

Pasadena native Max Tedford felt enamored by the ELA campus as a high school senior. He loved the futuristic-looking building, set in the middle of a beloved...

Note from the Editor: We take responsibility

Note from the Editor: We take responsibility

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
Published September 10, 2020

A journalist’s commitment is to truth, to fairness, to balance. And this is The Beacon’s truth. We, as an institution with a longstanding history...

In swift reversal, Emerson opts for daily COVID-19 updates

In swift reversal, Emerson opts for daily COVID-19 updates

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
Published September 8, 2020

In a shift from prior announcements, Emerson administrators vowed Tuesday to begin updating the college’s COVID-19 dashboard daily after more than a...

Emersons testing site is located at a Tufts Medical Center facility on the corner of Harrison Ave. and Kneeland St.

[Photo] Massachusetts cases rise, Emerson reports no new positives

Published November 3, 2020

Emerson's testing site is located at a Tufts Medical Center facility on the corner of Harrison Ave. and Kneeland St.

Emerson has reported 5,093 total tests have been conducted as of Sunday, with five positives, according to the colleges website.

[Photo] Let off-campus students test somewhere else

Published August 31, 2020

Emerson has reported 5,093 total tests have been conducted as of Sunday, with five positives, according to the college's website.

The Title IX office has been located within the Social Justice Center since 2014 after an external group of lawyers examined the colleges Title IX policies and practices.

Everything you need to know about the updated Title IX policy

By Diti Kohli, Katie Redefer and Parker Purifoy
Published August 31, 2020

A college committee of administrators, faculty, and students released an updated Title IX policy establishing the college’s altered process for handling...

One lone onlooker sitting in the lifeguard chair at Constitution Beach, watching planes take off and land at Logan Airport.

Five social-distance-friendly activities that don’t suck!

By Jakob Menendez and Diti Kohli
Published August 27, 2020

Welcome to a semester at Emerson with no dorm parties, shows, or sporting events. While the pandemic has thrown the traditional “college experience”...

‘It was really easy’: Students describe ins and outs of the college’s COVID-19 testing procedures

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
Published August 26, 2020

Several Emerson students who have received COVID-19 testing at Tufts Medical Center—an integral part of the college’s reopening plan—described the...

An altered semester begins as first-year students move into Little Building

An altered semester begins as first-year students move into Little Building

By Lizzie Heintz and Diti Kohli
Published August 21, 2020

First-year students began to move into Little Building Friday, while adhering to COVID-19 safety regulations. Unlike previous years, the new student...

A view of Emersons campus buildings from the Boylston St. sidewalk.

Students in private on-campus rooms may isolate ‘in place’ if exposed to virus

By Andrew Brinker and Diti Kohli
Published August 21, 2020

Students housed in single rooms with private bathrooms on campus or in the W Boston hotel may be quarantined and isolated in their own dorm room following...

The view of Tremont St. from Emersons Walker Building.

Emerson reports first positive COVID-19 case since April

By Andrew Brinker and Diti Kohli
Published August 17, 2020

One Emerson community member has tested positive for COVID-19 and entered isolation, a college official announced Monday afternoon, marking the first time...

Emersons Kasteel Well campus in Well, Netherlands.

Kasteel Well fall program canceled in a swift change from previous plan

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
Published August 4, 2020

The fall Kasteel Well study abroad program has been canceled after the college was unable to secure permission for U.S. citizens to enter the Netherlands,...

Jackson Davis is the subject of multiple public sexual misconduct allegations on Twitter.

Alum Jackson Davis terminated from NowThis after investigation into sexual misconduct allegations

By Parker Purifoy and Diti Kohli
Published July 21, 2020

Emerson alum Jackson Davis ‘17 was terminated from his job at NowThis News after the organization concluded an investigation into multiple allegations...

Jackson Davis is the subject of multiple public sexual misconduct allegations on Twitter.

Emerson alum suspended from NowThis after sexual misconduct allegations

By Diti Kohli and Parker Purifoy
Published June 30, 2020

A slew of sexual misconduct allegations against Jackson Davis ‘17 posted on Twitter prompted NowThis News to suspend him from his position, days before...

Emersons Title IX office.

Emerson Title IX Steering Committee adapting policy to new federal regulations

By Diti Kohli and Parker Purifoy
Published June 28, 2020

A college committee is debating if Emerson will continue to investigate sexual misconduct incidents beyond what is covered by new federal Title IX regulations,...

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy joined a group of state attorneys Thursday in suing the U.S. Department of Education over  proposed Title IX regulations.

Massachusetts Attorney General joins fight against new Title IX regulations

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
Published June 6, 2020

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy joined 17 other state attorneys to sue the U.S. Department of Education Thursday over new federal Title IX regulations...

Diti Kohli - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

Person of Color Column: Mom, meet my ‘friend’

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
Published December 12, 2019

My high school boyfriend’s dreary old minivan was a staple in our driveway. He hugged my mom when they crossed paths in public, watched football games...

Diti Kohli - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

Person of Color Column: I ain’t sari for wearing my culture with pride

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
Published October 23, 2019

I’m often an all-black outfit kind of gal. My wardrobe mostly comprises turtlenecks, collared shirts, and high-waisted jeans in a sophisticated albeit...

Diti Kohli - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

Person of Color Column: My mission to say my name correctly

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
Published September 24, 2019

My name is Diti.  It is short and sweet—four basic letters that, despite their simplicity, are curiously foreign to most Americans. I’m Indian,...

The gurdwara collects people of one following to thank a higher being for their fortunate pasts or pray for better futures. And just like other global houses of worship, it is under fire. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Op-ed: Religious Institutions Should Not Have To Pay For Safety

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
Published September 4, 2019

The officer at my local gurdwara, a Sikh house of worship, always sat alertly in his SUV. He puzzled over families entering the building, which houses...

Too often I find myself crediting superstitions as the reason behind a missed opportunity or a particular result. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Op-ed: The irrationality behind clinging to superstition

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
Published April 10, 2019

I stood calmly on the moving escalator at the Peoria Civic Center in Illinois. I was a senior in high school competing at the Speech State Championship,...

What choice are parents left with if they or their child suffers from a minor sickness that continues past the mandated 12 weeks in Emerson’s current policy? / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Op-ed: Parental leave policies don’t support families’ needs

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
Published March 27, 2019

Teary-eyed and six months pregnant, Emerson program manager Nicole Martignetti held her belly gently. After quietly shutting her office door, she recalled...

Career Development Center Director Carol Spector said staff members from career services have been working remotely with students who applied for free summer internship housing through the college to help them find ongoing opportunities this summer. / Photo by Emily Oliver

Op-ed: Stop bureaucratizing students’ internship opportunities

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
Published March 13, 2019

I wandered through Emerson’s internship fair last October and searched for tables hailing a green balloon that indicated a company with an interest in...

As presidential candidates announce campaigns, I see college students already aligning themselves with potential figureheads because of a quality they possess—their gender, their skin color, or their advocacy for a particular issue. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Op-ed: Stop pigeonholing presidential candidates

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
Published February 26, 2019

As a woman of color, I’m an advocate for an American political landscape with more females and more color. The influx of minorities into higher offices...

Diti Kohli - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

Person of Color Column: Accepting the “brown” label

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
Published February 20, 2019

In July 2015, a Huffington Post Canada article about the fashion choices of a Bollywood star’s wife sparked controversy because of its headline, “Shahid...

Op-ed: Backing the government’s action to end shutdowns forever

Op-ed: Backing the government’s action to end shutdowns forever

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
Published February 12, 2019

The longest partial government shutdown in United States history came to an end on Jan. 25, but not without introducing the threat of a second shutdown....

In our subsequent suite meeting, our resident assistant said that tension within suites reaches its peak around the year’s halfway point. / Photo by Emily Oliver

Op-ed: Combating roommate resentment

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
Published January 28, 2019

In an effort to be bold going into college, I decided to ditch the Facebook groups and opt for a random roommate assignment for my first semester at Emerson....

Op-Ed: Restitution is needed for students affected by government shutdown

Op-Ed: Restitution is needed for students affected by government shutdown

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
Published January 15, 2019

The United States is experiencing its longest government shutdown in history—three weeks and counting. Many of us are not directly affected but the disruption...

We need to practice what we preach—accepting different beliefs and different viewpoints in all realms of identity. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Op-ed: Suppressed into spiritual silence

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
Published October 25, 2018

Last week, as my Introduction to College Writing class engaged in a conversation about global religious persecution, my professor urged my classmates and...

Jessica Braunstein at her internship with Atlantic Records. Courtesy of Jessica Braunstein

Students named on Top 100 interns list by Way Up

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
Published September 27, 2018

Last week, Jessica Braunstein received over a dozen crates of Red Bull. The junior, along with junior Lilly Milman, just won a year’s supply after...

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