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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Dr. Sylvia Spears to leave Emerson on Aug. 1 after nine years at the college

Dr. Sylvia Spears to leave Emerson on Aug. 1 after nine years at the college

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
May 18, 2021

After nine years of serving as Emerson’s Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion, Dr. Sylvia Spears will be leaving her role at the college. Spears will pursue a new role as Vice President for Administration...

The college, POWER representatives, and undergraduate orientation leaders selected the online course DiversityEdu to provide cultural competency training to first-time students.

Cultural competency training required for incoming students

By Stefania Lugli
September 24, 2018

The college required incoming students to complete a cultural competency online training course known as DiversityEdu after a year of student-led protest claiming the college remains complacent in discrimination...

Vice President for the Social Justice Center Sylvia Spears formed a research group to find data on representation of different demographics at the college. Photo: Beacon Archives

New SJC position to handle faculty diversity training

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21
April 4, 2018

The Social Justice Center and Academic Affairs are recruiting applicants for a new position aimed at helping faculty create a more inclusive classroom environment. The associate director for faculty...

POWER posted posters around campus of quotes from students and faculty before the forum. Photo: Kyle Labe / Beacon Staff

POWER hosts forum, listens to student concerns

By Natalie Busch
March 25, 2018

Protesting Oppression With Educational Reform held two student forums on Thursday and Friday last week. Five of the organization’s senators updated students on the group’s actions, listened to feedback,...

Pictured above, Performing Arts Department Chair Bob Colby.

Robert Colby selected as Performing Arts Chair fall 2018

By Kaitlyn Bryson
February 19, 2018

The performing arts committee selected Robert Colby to strengthen communication between students and faculty as Performing Arts Chair starting fall semester of 2018.   Colby started at the college’s...

Letter to the Editor: Student response to “What’s in a name?”

By Letter to the editor
February 1, 2018

Last week, the Berkeley Beacon editorial board published an article titled “What’s in a name?” examining recent name changes of the Educational Equity and Justice Committee (formerly the Ad Hoc Committee...

Vice President for the Social Justice Center Sylvia Spears formed a research group to find data on representation of different demographics at the college. Photo: Beacon Archives

Diversity and Inclusion renamed, to focus on equity

By Riane Roldan
January 25, 2018

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s change to the Social Justice Center reflects an ideological shift within the office, a college official said. “The social justice orientation really builds...

Editorial: What’s in a name?

Editorial: What’s in a name?

By Editorial Board
January 25, 2018

At issue: College jargon surrounding issues of inequality Our take: Name changes don’t guarantee action This week, faculty assembly voted to create a permanent new committee on cultural competency...

Junior journalism major Alejandra Zimmermann recruits students of color as a Diversity Outreach Intern.
CASSANDRA MARTINEZ / BEACON STAFF

Admissions interns work toward undergraduate inclusivity

By Kaitlyn Bryson
December 7, 2017

The Undergraduate Admission Office’s new Diversity Outreach Interns worked on recruiting more students of color to the college through outreach to local and national communities this semester. Emerson...

Amelio talks campus climate survey at SGA

By Chris Van Buskirk, Contributing Reporter
October 5, 2017

The Emerson360 Climate Survey was presented to the Student Government Association by Robert Amelio, director of diversity and inclusive excellence on Tuesday. The survey assess if work environments promote...

Spears talks social justice at SGA meeting

By Chris Van Buskirk, Contributing Reporter
September 28, 2017

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Sylvia Spears challenged the way the Emerson community looks at inclusivity during Student Government Association Tuesday meeting. Junior Ally MacLean, chief...

President Pelton said he plans to maintain the college’s commitment to undocumented students.
STEPHANIE PURIFOY / BEACON CORRESPONDENT

Pelton promises DACA students support

By Allison Hagan
September 20, 2017

President M. Lee Pelton is pledging that the college will continue to support and protect undocumented students, regardless of the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. Earlier...

Emersons Hispanic Population Graphic

Admissions takes steps toward diversity

By Max Reyes
September 13, 2017

According to documents provided by the college, Emerson’s Hispanic population increased 24 percent, or 25 students, from last year. Ruthanne Madsen, vice president for enrollment management, said...

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