“Innovation in Access and Equity for Incarcerated People in Massachusetts,” will feature speakers, panels, and a documentary screening centered around the value of education in prison.
The Deans’ Fellows are a group of undergraduate students who work to improve diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility on Emerson’s campus.
Associate professor and founder and director of the Emerson Prison Initiative (EPI) Mneesha Gellman describes the growth and successes of the program to CBS Boston, which held its first commencement exercises for graduates in September 2022.
Gellman researches human rights, memory and justice issues, and education politics.
“It is a testament to their hard work and their ability to work together as a team,” said Associate Professor Cara Moyer-Duncan, assistant director of EPI.
Incoming President Dr. Jay Bernhardt joined Bloomberg Baystate Business hosts this week, sharing his hopes for making the College more accessible, diverse, and affordable, among others, and cultivating the foundations of future leaders.
He’s an internationally recognized leader and scholar of communication and marketing related to public health and health care, but who is he beyond his CV?
Gellman speaks about what she has termed “culture-cide”.
“Once upon a time, religion told you what the afterlife was and how to prepare for death,” said Cotton. “Sometimes we don’t have that same structure [now], and we’re missing that.”
Gellman advocated for more support for college-in-prison programs in the state, and weighed in on the Mexican president’s plan to reconfigure elections.