I grew up in a household where many would consider my parents “old school.” They came from a generation where children were to be seen and not heard. From a young age, I was conditioned to keep my thoughts to myself. Limitations were set by timers on the streetlights or how far I could go to where I could no longer hear the voice of Stevie Wonder’s “Golden Lady” on the record player my Dad had blasting into the streets of our neighborhood. Most mornings before leaving, I heard the voices of my parents almost in unison just before the door fully closed, and the lock clicked … be safe. These experiences are essential to understand as they laid the foundation for my awareness of how I move in the world.
In believing that social justice is both a process and a goal while also having a vision of society in which the distribution of resources is equitable, and all members are physically and psychologically safe. I humbly share this sentiment as a product of the Emerson community. I genuinely believe that together we can change the trajectory of our students that are affected by the challenges that perpetuate oppression in our society.
My intention in this work is to push towards these goals while unearthing truths that may make us uncomfortable in their admission, but on the other side of that discomfort will come solutions that will celebrate and uplift the voices, stories, and culture of all our students.
I believe the level of care and attention to the issues of race, marginalization, and inequality at Emerson must go beyond enrollment numbers and the bottom line so that real change can be seen, and more importantly, felt by those who historically are negatively impacted.
Social Justice Center