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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

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.

Sonia Jurado announced as Emerson’s new Title IX coordinator

By Adri Pray, News Editor
April 5, 2022

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...

Vice President of Enrollment Management Ruthanne Madsen.

Emerson announces interim supervisor of Social Justice Center

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
July 14, 2021

Vice President of Enrollment Ruthanne Madsen will serve as the interim supervisor of the Social Justice Center beginning Thursday, Interim President William Gilligan announced in an email Tuesday.  Madsen’s...

The unwavering patriarchy in India is deeply rooted in the history of the country, and it starts with the Indian family dynamic. The husband and father is the head of a household, making sons the desired offspring, while daughters can be seen as a burden..

There is no excuse for hate crimes against Asian Americans

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor, Business Managing Editor
March 25, 2021

The recent murder of eight people, including six of Asian descent at three different locations—a massage parlor in Acworth, GA and two spas in Atlanta, GA—calls for an addressing of hate crimes against...

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Founding director of Elma Lewis center launches City Council campaign

By Camilo Fonseca, Editor-at-Large
March 25, 2021

Kelly Bates has a laundry list of qualifications in her bid for the Boston City Council—not least among them her tenure as inaugural director of Emerson’s Elma Lewis Center. Bates—who headed the...

Title IX working group takes questions before finalizing recommendations

Title IX working group takes questions before finalizing recommendations

By Katie Redefer, Staff Writer
December 9, 2020

The Presidential Working Group addressed questions from the Emerson community about its revised draft of findings about the college’s Title IX processes and additional sexual misconduct policy concerns...

The outside of the Title IX office in the Massachusetts Transportation Building.

Title IX working group presents minimal changes in second draft of recommendations

By Katie Redefer, Staff Writer
December 2, 2020

The Presidential Working Group that is responsible for reviewing Emerson’s sexual misconduct policy made minimal changes to its initial suggestions in a second draft of findings released ahead of Thanksgiving...

Identity-based harm reports for the 2019-20 academic year nearly surpassed the number of reports filed last year, even with the shift to remote instruction amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Number of identity-based harm reports down amid shift to online learning

By Gege Tan
May 11, 2020

The 2019-20 academic year was on the verge of breaking last year’s record of identity-based harm reports at the college before the rate of submitted reports declined in the spring semester as the Emerson...

Identity-based harm reports for the 2019-20 academic year nearly surpassed the number of reports filed last year, even with the shift to remote instruction amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

SJC reports five year increase in on-campus identity-based harm reports

By Carlee Bronkema, Staff Reporter
February 19, 2020

The 2019–20 academic year is on track to break the record for the most bias reports submitted at Emerson College with nearly 30 reports sent in the first semester. This summer, the Social Justice...

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College hires new Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Investigator

By Jacob Seitz, Staff Writer
November 21, 2019

The college hired Ryan Milligan to serve as the new Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Investigator, according to a Thursday statement emailed to the community. Milligan starts on Jan. 6, 2020 and fills...

Letter: Sylvia Spears Responds to Title IX hiring process failed to involve students enough

Letter: Sylvia Spears Responds to “Title IX hiring process failed to involve students enough”

By Letter to the editor
October 23, 2019

To the editor: Re “Title IX hiring process failed to involve students enough” (Editorial, Oct. 17) While the editorial makes a valid point about the scheduling of candidate presentations, student...

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Title IX hiring process failed to involve students enough

By Editorial Board
October 16, 2019

The two-year vacancy in the Title IX office is finally being filled. But the hiring process for the Deputy Title IX Coordinator has brought its own shortcomings.   The position has remained vacant...

EDITORIAL: Pronouns are not up for interpretation

EDITORIAL: Pronouns are not up for interpretation

By Editorial Board
February 21, 2019

At Issue: Lack of pronoun procedures in classrooms Our take: Professors should be required to ask for preferred pronouns Emerson prides itself on creating an accepting atmosphere for individuals....

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

Social Justice Center forms committee to research biases at college

February 21, 2019

By Abigail Hadfield and Maya Gacina A committee formed of Social Justice Center members and one student gathered to research institutional racism at the college following student protests in fall...

Director of Intercultural Student Affairs Tamia Jordan handles name and gender changes on file for students. Beacon Archives

College lacks official classroom pronoun procedure

By Xinyi Xu and Tomas Gonzalez
February 21, 2019

The college does not have an official procedure for teachers to review students’ pronouns in class, but the Intercultural Student Affairs Office recommends it, according to a college official. The...

True social justice at a college cannot be brought about without its students. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Op-ed: Students of color, others are speaking for us

By Isha Marathe
February 20, 2019

On Nov. 7, 2018, I walked into a meeting about institutional racism at Emerson College and was surprised to see I was the only student of color in the room. The meeting was led by Sylvia Spears, vice...

The Social Justice Center chose Tamera Marko and Jabari Asim for special appointments outside of the normal hiring process. Photos courtesy of Emerson College.

Social Justice Center names WLP professor as executive director

By Jacob Seitz, Staff Writer
February 10, 2019

The college named two professors to special positions within the Social Justice Center in an email to the Emerson community on Feb. 6. A college official said this was a special appointment as it occurred...

Samantha Ivery joined the Social Justice Center as the Director of Diversity and Equity Initiatives in September. Photo Courtesy of Rebel Roberts.

New Social Justice Center director to focus on Emerson360 Climate Survey

By Hanna Marchesseault
October 24, 2018

Samantha Ivery joined the Social Justice Center this past September as the new Director of Diversity and Equity Initiatives.   The Social Justice Center left this position vacant after the former...

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Increase in on-campus sex crimes might signal more reporting

By Jacob Seitz, Staff Writer
October 14, 2018

The number of reported on-campus rapes rose from three in 2016 to six in 2017, according to an annual summary of crimes committed on and around Emerson’s campuses. In 2015, there were zero on-campus...

Pictured above, Performing Arts Department Chair Bob Colby.

Permanent cultural committee addresses diversity and bias

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21
April 8, 2018

Members of the Educational Equity and Justice Committee have focused on the bias response program and worked with the Social Justice Center to construct a new staff position since becoming a permanent...

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...

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