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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

State of the College: Interim president reflects on Emersons successes, struggles in 2021

State of the College: Interim president reflects on Emerson’s successes, struggles in 2021

By Bailey Allen, Editor-at-Large
November 29, 2021

Interim President William Gilligan published his first State of the College report on Tuesday detailing the college’s accomplishments over the course of the past year, including the induction of new...

Director of Student Leadership Jason Meier

SEAL Director Jason Meier to leave college in November

By Bailey Allen, Editor-at-Large
October 20, 2021

Director of Student Engagement and Leadership Jason Meier will leave Emerson in November to take up a position at Harvard College after nearly a decade at the college. Meier announced his departure...

Vice President for Equity and Social Justice Sylvia Spears.

Departing social justice chair urges more equitable campus

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
August 3, 2021

Vice President for Equity and Inclusion Sylvia Spears is set to embark on a new adventure at College Unbound, helping shape what the newly-accredited degree-completion school will look like.  “Being...

The Admissions Office decided mid-March to extend the deposit deadline, VP of Enrollment Ruthanne Madsen said.

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...

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...

One of the graphics POWER used to promote #ESOCWeekofAction in November.

Community Equity Action Plan reports updates from faculty, advisory group

By Ann E. Matica, Deputy News Editor
March 30, 2021

Emerson released an update on its Community Equity Action Plan Tuesday afternoon, outlining progress on the list of demands that were brought forward during the #ESOCWeekofAction in the fall 2020 semester. The...

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...

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
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 allegations of sexual misconduct and violence,...

Formerly the Title IX office, Emersons Office of Equal Opportunity will address issues of discrimination, sexual violence and harassment on campus.

Title IX working group restarts meetings early after harsh rebuke from some admin, students

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21
July 18, 2020

The Title IX working group will continue to meet through the summer after its initial draft of recommended changes to college Title IX policy drew more than 40 public comments that may substantially influence...

Students gather outside Marlboro Colleges dining hall after an emergency board of trustees meeting in early December 2019.

Vermont Attorney General cannot stop Marlboro campus sale amid allegations of racism against buyer

By Jacob Seitz, Staff Writer
July 17, 2020

Despite mounting allegations of racism against the Democracy Builders founder, the sale of the Marlboro campus to the non-profit cannot be stopped by the Vermont Attorney General, according to the state...

The college vowed to hold themselves accountable when addressing issues of sexual assault on campus in a letter Friday.

College officials apologize for earlier statement on sexual misconduct, lay out steps for further accountability

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21
July 3, 2020

College officials apologized for a previous statement on sexual misconduct allegations after students and alums heavily criticized it and vowed to hold themselves accountable when addressing issues of...

Emersons Title IX office.

Temporary Title IX committee to bring college into compliance with new federal regulations

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21
June 5, 2020

The college has created a temporary Steering Committee to amend Emerson’s sexual misconduct policy to comply with new federal Title IX regulations which go into effect August 14, the Social Justice Center...

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...

Impacts of new federal Title IX regulations on Emerson are unknown, administrator says

Impacts of new federal Title IX regulations on Emerson are unknown, administrator says

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21
May 7, 2020

College staff members are reviewing new federal Title IX regulations released on Wednesday with one administrator calling the timing of the release "shocking" and that the extent of the regulations' impact...

Ryan Milligan was previously working at Tufts University and at the U.S. Office of Civil Rights Department of Education for over ten years beforehand. Photo credit: Cho Yin Rachel Lo

Title IX fills investigator and coordinator position after a two-year vacancy

By Faith Bugenhagen
February 5, 2020

Ryan Milligan was not actively seeking a position when Title IX Access and Equity reached out to him with an opening for the investigator and coordinator position, but Milligan said Emerson’s culture,...

In 2009, Roberts considered applying to doctorate programs when she and her cousin discovered a letter from the early 1900s at her grandmother’s house from a woman inquiring about a teaching position. Rachel Lo / Beacon Staff.

New staff member holds diversity workshops for faculty

By Ann E. Matica, Deputy News Editor
November 9, 2019

In October 2017, 300 student protesters stormed a faculty assembly meeting chanting, “No more oppression, no microaggressions,” and demanding administrative action to address discrimination against...

Graphic by Kyle Bray / Beacon Staff

FBI review details 10 percent rise in rape reports in Massachusetts

By Jacob Seitz, Staff Writer
October 30, 2019

A new report details a 10 percent rise in reports of rape in Massachusetts from 2017 to 2018, according to a new statistic released by the FBI in Sept. 2018—continuing a three-year trend in which rape...

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...

Allison OConnor is one of two candidates competing for the Deputy Title IX Coordinator position. Photo: Dartmouth College

Title IX coordinator candidates present policy changes

By Elena Naze
October 16, 2019

The college narrowed the search for a Deputy Title IX Coordinator down to two candidates who expressed largely similar plans to address federal regulations around sexual assault.  The search committee...

Vice President for Equity and Social Justice Sylvia Spears.

Spears recognizes statistical discrepancies in Clery Report

By Belen Dumont, News Editor
September 26, 2019

The Emerson College Police Department released the college’s annual Clery Report on Wednesday, which a college official said provides an incomplete picture of the college’s crime statistics.  Vice...

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