Concerns may include: questions about different cultures and traditions, working through feelings you may have about a student from a different cultural background than your own, wanting to expand your understanding of different cultures, coping with/responding to bias/prejudice
The Social Justice Center works with and supports individuals and communities through personal and systems advocacy, community-centered projects, and radical care. We believe in individual and community self-determination and work in support of the agency of students, faculty, and staff, especially those from marginalized groups. We engage in an ongoing practice of praxis—reflection and action—and work to deepen our own liberatory practices and to create liberatory spaces for others.
Intercultural Student Affairs at Emerson centers humanity, compassion, and education at the forefront of everything we do. We honor, celebrate, and validate the narratives of marginalized voices, and in turn, support community-based advocacy, reflection, and action. In short, we want to create and hold space where people can be who they are.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual+ (LGBTQIA+) Student Life is housed under Intercultural Student Affairs within the Division of Student Affairs, and provides support for LGBTQIA+ students. The staff strives to enhance the quality of life for members of the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies, recognizing that sexual orientation and gender expression work through and are influenced by race, ethnicity, gender, culture, age, class, faith, ability status, and other social characteristics.
The Intercultural Student Affairs team provides consultation to students in the area of queer issues and offers educational, informational, and advocacy services. Additionally, LGBTQIA+ student organizations including EAGLE (Emerson's Advancement Group for Love And Expression) and XeCult (Art Collective for Queer Women and Femmes), and Theyta (a group for non-binary folx) are advised and supported by Intercultural Student Affairs.
The Office of International Student Affairs (OISA) provides immigration and campus support services for Emerson’s international student community:
- We offer immigration advising for students in F-1 status, exchange visitors, and others on matters related to U.S. study, work authorization, and international travel
- We support international students with cross-campus resources for academic success, community integration, leadership development, and career preparedness
- We promote campus organizations, events, and initiatives that reflect Emerson’s global voice
International Student Affairs falls under Emerson’s Office of Internationalization and Global Engagement (IGE). Together with our partner offices – Education Abroad and Domestic Programs (EADP) and English Language Learning (ELL) – IGE provides strategic vision and support for college internationalization initiatives.
The Center for Spiritual Life is Emerson’s inclusive, multifaith hub for religious and spiritual programming, support, and education. Our team of chaplains and student leaders work to foster a campus environment where faith traditions and spirituality can be practiced freely and wholly. Through one-on-one conversations, retreats, lunches, and meditative gatherings, we seek to provide spiritual nourishment to our campus.
College is a time filled with many changes, transition, excitement, and challenges. Most students, at one time or another, experience various personal, emotional, and/or interpersonal concerns. During these times, it can help to reach out for support from friends, family, academic advisors, spiritual supports, and professional counseling. At ECAPS, we strive to help students build on strengths and address these concerns in ways that allow them to make the best of their college experience. We offer free and confidential individual, couples, and group counseling, as well as consultation and workshops.
The Office of Community Standards facilitates the Student Code of Community Standards to ensure that Emerson is a safe and comfortable community to learn, live, and work. The office is committed to balancing the needs of the student and greater campus community by promoting community standards and responding to student misconduct in a fair, consistent, and educational manner. We provide students with individualized opportunities for growth so that they may develop into engaged and ethical citizens. In order to accomplish this mission, the Office of Community Standards is guided by the core values of respect, educational opportunity, accountability, civility, honesty and integrity (REACH).