There is no denying that Emerson is a robust and fast-paced environment. However, it is also supportive and nurturing. There are many reasons why we might seek someone to talk to – transitioning to college, homesickness, stress, relationship problems, or community issues. In light of recent occurrences resulting from the Boston Marathon bombings, our Emerson community is feeling even more like we need to share our feelings – especially those of unity and strength.
Emerson’s President, Lee Pelton, was a pillar of support for our community during an uncertain and difficult time. Sensitive to the needs of Emerson students, staff, and faculty, Dr. Pelton called for the College’s closure throughout last week. He also worked with Emerson’s Police Department and other members of Emerson’s response team to clearly communicate all developing news and decisions to the entire College network, including parents and alumni.
A community gathering last Wednesday allowed faculty, staff, students, and alumni to share thoughts and resources for our College to begin to heal. An outpouring of warmth and empathy was apparent as many different Emerson presences approached the open mic to share words of gratitude and emotion. Our community is uniquely fortunate that its members are so willing to share their responses while also being mindful of others.
In the wake of this event, Emerson has shown resilience and resolve. Counseling services are offered to Emerson faculty and staff, and the Counseling Center is available for walk-in appointments to see students. Two current students also designed a “Boston Strong” t-shirt which will benefit The One Fund Boston. They have seen an incredible outpouring of support in sales totaling over $500,000.
With heartache occurring in our backyard, Emerson’s community continues to move forward, hold each other up, and embrace the beautiful city we all call home.