The Center offers events, programs, services and educational opportunities for the Emmanuel community to explore issues of diversity and equity. We also work to strengthen our connections with each other and the city of Boston.

Students Taking an Active Role Together

The S.T.A.R.T. program seeks to introduce individuals to social issues on a scholarly level. Our goal as a program is to help facilitate and lead those conversations. The world around us is constantly shifting, therefore it is imperative to have important dialogue reflective of reality. S.T.A.R.T. seeks to equip students with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the society we live in.

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Founded in 2015, the Brotherhood, Opportunity, Networking, and Direction (BOND) program aims to support young male students of color at Emmanuel College. BOND emphasizes Brotherhood and gives young men the chance to build healthy friendships with their peers through social programs and activities. BOND also promotes the pursuit of Opportunity through academic excellence, leadership development, and career planning. The BOND program facilitates Networking by offering events and workshops that connect young men with positive and productive individuals for mentorship and employment opportunities. BOND is also committed to empowering students by giving them Direction through valuable feedback, encouragement, and lessons in accountability from their peers and mentors.

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In collaboration with a number of campus partners, the Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion leads First-Generation Student Support and Programming.  You might be a First-Generation student if: 

  • your parents or guardians did not complete a four-year college degree
  • you feel unfamiliar or uncomfortable with the educational system or college culture
  • you've had minimal contact with people with college experience
  • your parents or guardians attended college in a different country where the educational system differs from the educational system in the US

Essentially, The Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion defines a First-Generation college student as a student whose family has limited experience navigating the academic, financial, and cultural barriers to higher education.  At many colleges and universities, the definition may vary slightly, but most conclude that a First-Generation college student is the first in their family to pursue a bachelor's degree.

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In early 2015, Emmanuel College President Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN expanded the President's Panel Supporting a Diverse and Inclusive Community to form a new President's Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, made up of faculty, students, staff and administration. The role of this commission is to address issues of discrimination through college-wide trainings, campus discussions about race, multicultural programs and services responsive to the needs of students from diverse backgrounds.

This commission is guided by the values of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, the College's mission, the Catholic intellectual tradition, and the social teachings of the Catholic Church, and affirm "that every person is precious, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person." (United States Conference of Bishops)

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The Nia Retreat brings students of color together at an off-campus site to reflect on their experiences at Emmanuel.  Participants will build strong connections with their peers, learn skills to assist them as they prepare for academic success, and gain confidence in their ability to navigate life at Emmanuel and beyond. 

The Genesis Ceremony is an opportunituy for Graduating Students of Color to receive a stole representing their background/culture to wear over their gown at graduation. Started in 2008, the Genesis ceremony unites students, their families, staff, and faculty in celebrating the accomplishments of outgoing seniors of color.


Started in 2018, the Lavender Ceremony for Graduating LGBTQ+ students offers students from our LGBTQ+ community a chance to celebrate their accomplishments with friends, family, staff, and faculty.  Students are presented with a stole or pin that they can wear at graduation and that celebrates their LGBTQ+ identity. 

We celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with several programs and events. The MLK Day of Service has been a longstanding partnership wth the Cardinal Seán O'Malley Center for Mission and Ministry.

In 2019, The CDEI led the first Coretta Scott King Student Luncheon, bringing students of color and members of the campus community together to reflect on student service inspired by the work and legacy of Mrs. King.

Created in 2005, Through the Wire is the College’s diversity lecture series, consisting of “Campus Conversations” and “Speaker and Performance” events. The programming serves as a way to stimulate intellectual discourse on campus with an emphasis on issues of race, racism, gender, sexual orientation, class and socioeconomic status. The series provides a mix of dynamic speakers to engage and challenge all Emmanuel students – particularly underrepresented student populations – to affirm identity, challenge stereotypes and become active learners of their cultures and history.

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Jumping into her Emmanuel experience, Shakirah was sure of two things: that what she had planned was going to be a “tall task,” and that she was up for the challenge.

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Christine Burke '22: Counseling with Compassion

Counseling & health psychology major Christine came to Emmanuel knowing she wanted to pursue a career in health care, and the College’s opportunities and connections for students interested in the field—as well as a neuroscience course she attended at EC Incoming—made the decision an easy one.

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Robert Columbus '20: The Idea Man

Robert’s interest in the workings of the wider world grew in 2011 as the Arab Spring became international news. “I love history,” he said, “so knowing the history of the states as well as their current affairs made their actions and interactions much more interesting to me.”

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Jessie Wang '19: Head of the Class

What began as an on-campus job in Emmanuel's student center transformed into a new career path for Jessie, one that brought her to Harvard University as a master's candidate in higher education administration. 

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