Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Programs & Services
The Office of Diversity & Inclusion offers a variety of programs and services for students, faculty, and staff designed to support the campus community in realizing institutional diversity and inclusion goals. In addition, the office supports the development and implementation of inclusive practices, and works to increase the intercultural development of members of our community.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion designs programs and facilitates discussions for student groups and academic and administrative offices and departments. The purpose of these programs is to increase awareness and sensitivity about the differences we each bring to the campus.
EmersonTalks is a one-credit non-tuition course for students to develop leadership skills and advance knowledge in diversity and inclusion. Participants meet 8 times in the fall semester for two hours to learn principles of facilitation, and then lead 6 one-hour peer discussions in the spring semester. Participation in both semesters is required to receive credit. Visit our full EmersonTalks page for additional information on program content and how to sign up.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is available to assist staff and faculty with formation of employee resource groups. An employee resource group, also called an affinity group, is a group of employees who join together based on shared experiences or characteristics. Different from a support group, an employee resource group seeks to find a balance between what is good for the employee, and what is good for the employer.
Inclusive Excellence Action Planning is the annual goal-setting process for all Emerson departments. Through this process, office and departments set goals in Inclusive Excellence and report on their progress in reaching their goals throughout the year.
Our Inclusive Excellence Certificate programs provides the framework for understanding Inclusive Excellence at Emerson by focusing on skills development in intercultural competence. Two programs are offered:
- Staff and Faculty Managers: This program is offered to managers of staff and/or faculty to develop awareness and skills in effectively managing diverse teams
- All Staff and Faculty: This program is for non-management staff and faculty to develop skills in working in an inclusive environment
The Inclusive Excellence Faculty Fellows is an annual three-day program that includes examination of inclusive instructional practices to support academic rigor as well as practical tools for infusing diversity into course content and curricula. The program provides strategies for effectively navigating difficult and sensitive discussions in the classroom, and includes readings, small and large group discussions, opportunities for reflection about teaching and learning, panel discussions, and hands-on course enhancement activities. Applications are open to both full- and part-time faculty in all academic departments.
The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) is an assessment that measures intercultural competence which is defined by the IDI Institute as “the capability to accurately understand and adapt behavior to cultural difference and commonality.” The IDI is used to highlight an individual’s experiences around cultural differences and how these shape behavior and perceptions. It can be used for a team or group to develop a group profile, or on an individual basis. As a follow-up to the IDI, an intercultural development plan (IDP) can be created for enhancement of intercultural competence. For more information go to www.idiinventory.com.
The Luminary is the monthly newsletter of Emerson College’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion. It is digitally distributed among the Emerson community. Additional information and archives can be found on The Luminary page.
The Walker 10 Salon is a one-hour monthly showcase celebrating faculty, student, or staff talent from the Emerson community. We provide a space that opens communication and provokes thought through brief performances and discussion with the artists. Throughout the academic year, Walker 10 Salon highlights all facets of Emerson through short film screenings, musical performances, poetry readings, theater shorts, spoken word, and more. If you are interested in performing, please email us.
The Office of Diversity & Inclusion provides the following services to the campus community:
- Education. Offering ongoing training and educational opportunities related to diversity and inclusion for the campus community as well as workshops that are tailored to meet the specific needs of individual departments and programs.
- Consultation. Working with individuals and departments to develop strategies for infusing diversity and inclusion into their practices. We also work with individuals and departments to solve problems and resolve concerns.
- Coaching. Providing one-on-one coaching to members of the campus community. Coaching ranges from assisting new employees as they transition to our community to working with managers and supervisors to develop strategies for increasing the intercultural competence of staff. In addition, we work with individuals as they work to address challenges that may arise.
- Recruitment and Hiring Support. Providing support and training for search committees with particular emphasis on inclusive search and selection practices.
- Faculty Development. Supporting faculty in the development of inclusive pedagogical practices that will enable them to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student body. In addition, we support faculty in implementing instructional approaches that will enhance the intercultural development of students.
- Collaboration. Collaborating with departments on special programs and projects that will advance diversity and inclusion at Emerson College.