Creative Forces

Be Daring. Have Attitude. Be Expressive. Get Involved. Stand for Something.

It’s not enough for college to simply prepare you to change the world—the change begins the minute you arrive. At Emerson, there is a shared urgency of purpose on societal issues and personal achievement for students and faculty alike. Emersonians are constantly showing us what it means to be a creative force. They are artists and entrepreneurs, storytellers and marketers. They are unstoppable, and there is no end to what they can create and do. We invite you to explore these stories of the many different creative forces at Emerson, find out what drives them, and see how they are making their mark on the world.

Telling a More Complete Story

Here’s how Emersonians are working to raise up the voices, perspectives, and stories of those who have been historically underrepresented in mainstream media and the arts—voices, perspectives, and stories that have always been there, but have been routinely omitted.

A Courageous Voice

After Sheldon Brown ‘14 was the unintended victim of a drive-by shooting in 2018, he continued to vigorously pursue his acting career while helping to correct the systematic disparities that led to the shooting.

Elma Lewis Living Stories Project

The Elma Lewis Living Stories Project honors one of Boston’s most important Black female luminaries in the arts, education, and civil rights work, Emerson alumna Elma Ina Lewis ‘43, and invites artists based in the Boston neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, or elsewhere in Massachusetts to submit original visual art pieces that indicate “What Miss Elma Lewis Taught Me.”

Emerson Forensics Team

At the Pi Kappa Delta national debate tournament last spring, five Emerson students—all of them brand new to competitive debate—won first place in multiple categories against 500 students from other colleges and universities.

Emerson, Marlboro College Alliance

November 6, 2019

Emerson and Marlboro Colleges are exploring an alliance that will involve Marlboro moving its academic programs to Emerson beginning in Fall 2020, at which time Marlboro undergraduates will be invited to matriculate and tenure-track faculty may choose to teach at Emerson.

Entrepreneurship in Action

Evy Chen '10 explains how Emerson's E3 program gave her the tools to revolutionize the iced tea industry through her company, Evy Tea.

Innovation through Expression

Emerson's groundbreaking FACE Lab – led by Dr. Ruth Grossman, a professor in Emerson's Communication Sciences and Disorders Department – utilizes infrared motion capture and eye-tracking technology to analyze how adolescents with autism spectrum disorders produce and process facial expressions and tone of voice. The goal of gathering this information is to understand and raise awareness about how young people on the spectrum uniquely perceive and produce social cues.