Equity and Belonging at Emerson

Equity & Social Justice Commitment

As we become effective advocates for positive change, we foster growing minds with compassion and encourage resilience. We cherish individual identities. We actively challenge stereotypes and bias. We encourage discussion and inquiry about our world while we teach to dismantle the systems that perpetuate injustice.

Emerson School honors the dignity of all people through our commitment to diversity, inclusivity, equity, and social justice.


My own personal teaching philosophy comes from a sentence that I read by bell hooks, in her book Teaching To Transgress, “To teach in a manner that respects and cares for the souls of our students is essential if we are to provide the necessary conditions where learning can most deeply and intimately begin” (p.13 Routledge, 1994). Linking the deep learning that we strive for here at Emerson with caring for our students informs and inspires me daily in my work. – Carol


May 2023

Our theme this month is social justice. Students will look at the many ways in which people can stand up for their beliefs. It could be a piece of artwork, some writing, a song or a protest, but there are many ways that people can make a stand for their civil rights.

As part of cherishing our families’ identities, we like to acknowledge the significant dates that people observe or celebrate. If your family has a religious, cultural, or national day that you would like to see on our welcome screen, or if you have further questions about teaching DEIJ at Emerson & our equity & justice commitment, please contact our Equity Program Director, Carol Kelly at ckelly@emerson-school.org.