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An Update on Today’s Events

Dear Emerson community members,

We write this evening, after a day of many highs and lows, to keep our community informed about the protest earlier today outside the Cutler Majestic Theatre.  While the Investiture ceremony was underway inside the theater, approximately 50 individuals gathered in front of the theater for a demonstration. 

The situation escalated when a number of protestors did not comply with multiple police requests, leading to the detention of 12 Emerson students. Initial reports indicate these individuals were arrested for disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct. It is our understanding that all of the detained Emerson students have been released from custody.

We support the right of individuals to express dissenting views and perspectives while doing so in a manner consistent with our policies and Code of Community Standards. This ensures our community is a safe place to learn, live, and work. 

We care deeply for our students and know there are many strong and conflicting emotions. As a community, we are committed to working together toward a shared understanding. 


Jay M. Bernhardt, President
Carolina Avellaneda, Vice President and General Counsel
Allison Dawson, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Paul Dworkis, Vice President for Administration and Finance
Jim Hoppe, Vice President & Dean for Campus Life
Peggy Ings, Vice President for Government and Community Relations
Shaya Gregory Poku, Vice President for Equity and Social Justice
Melissa Richards, Vice President and Chief of Staff
Jan Roberts-Breslin, Interim Vice President & Provost
Justin Sharifpour, Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management

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