Boston 25 News aired an interview with President Lee Pelton on Friday, February 9, as part of a series the station is doing on black history in Greater Boston.
Pelton, who became Emerson’s first African American president in 2011, talks about his roots in Wichita, Kansas, the importance of never forgetting from where you came, and his ambition to “make a big impact” through his role as higher education leader, both on Boston’s physical downtown, and on the lives of the students who pass through Emerson’s halls.
He stressed the importance of diversity and creating access to higher education.
“For people of privilege and wealth, the networking is visible. It’s in the air they breathe. They touch it. They know what to do,” he said. “I want to make that world visible to students, to whom it has mostly been invisible.”