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Emerson Faculty, Staff Earn Inclusive Excellence Certificates

Fall 2016 Inclusive Excellence in Action certificate holders. Front row, left to right: Lindsey Nichols, Desiree Bradford, Maria Maxwell, Owen Miller, Angela Carlson-Bancroft; second row: Anne Doyle, Carol Smolinsky, Maureen Hurley, Nicole Olusanya, Sarah Schendel; third row: Heather May, Tim Douglas, Emily Lewek, Bonnie Baggesen, Alisa Ruggiero. Not in photo: David Suvak. Courtesy photo

Sixteen Emerson College staff and faculty members received certificates in inclusive excellence last month, the culmination of a semester-long program offered through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Interested employees have another chance to participate this semester. 

The voluntary Inclusive Excellence in Action certificate program focuses on increasing participants’ understanding of and skills in inclusive excellence, and helping them create a welcoming environment for everyone at Emerson and within their own communities, according to Diversity Director Robert Amelio. Participants attend 12 hours of classes over three months.

The program has been offered five times over the last three years, with nearly 100 staff and faculty members participating, Amelio said.

The Fall 2016 group included Bonnie Baggesen, Office of the Arts; Desiree Bradford, Office of Housing and Residence Life; Angela Carlson-Bancroft, Institutional Research; Tim Douglas, Academic Advising; Anne Doyle, Academic Affairs; Maureen Hurley, Student Life; Emily Lewek, Office of Student Success; Maria Maxwell, Enrollment Management; Heather May, Communication Studies; Owen Miller, Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies; Lindsey Nichols, Iwasaki Library; Nicole Olusanya, Office of the Arts; Alisa Ruggiero, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Sarah Schendel, Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies; Carol Smolinsky, Enrollment Services and Support; and David Suvak, Athletics.

The program will start up again in Spring 2017. For information, contact

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