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To Members of the Emmanuel College Community,

On Monday, July 6th, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued operational guidance pertaining to international students and online learning for the Fall 2020 semester. Just this morning, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) jointly filed a lawsuit in a federal district court in Massachusetts against DHS and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Emmanuel College strongly supports the actions of Harvard and MIT, as well as those of the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We also support the positions of our national associations, including the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU). Most of all, Emmanuel College continues to remain focused on the health and safety of all of our students, most especially of our international students at this time.

Sr. Janet Eisner, SNDdeN


The Office of Mission and Ministry, in partnership with Dr. Monique-Adelle Callahan, Associate Professor of English, is writing with an invitation to- Emmanuel Prays Together


The group will gather on Thursdays at 3pm.

Please use this link to join.


The hope is to create a virtual version of the on campus Interfaith Prayer Room and the prayer request book in the Chapel.  Emmanuel Prays Together will provide an opportunity for community members to submit online prayer requests and / or to come together in a weekly virtual prayer group.  Participation in the weekly virtual prayer group is not necessary to submit a prayer request. Please see below for instructions on how to submit prayer requests.

  • To submit a prayer request, please e-mail  Requests will be compiled weekly and shared during the weekly prayer group.

An Invitation!

An invitation to believe in the NEW...

in the possibilities in our midst and

throughout the world that

challenge us to see with new eyes;

to believe in the Holy Spirit,

whose power within enables us

to make things NEW

to believe in a GOD OF NEWNESS!


An invitation to believe and to trust,

to risk and to relinquish….

An invitation to say ‘yes’ to the newness

that God longs to make possible,

through us and with us.



God of all  faithfulness, God, ever new,

united with all people throughout the world,

we continue to journey through these suffering days of the pandemic.

We need your grace to guide our hearts.

We need your power to rekindle and sustain our passion.

We need the wisdom of your Spirit to recognize the

new possibilities for change, for growth, for transformation.


Give us eyes of faith, that we might see the wonders in our midst.

Open our hearts that we might hear your call to love in new ways!

Make us alive with new hope to help light the way for one another!


“Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us…

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us. Melt us, mold us, fill us, use us….

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us.”

Join us on Thursdays for Ted Talks and discussion that will inspire you.

Upcoming talks:

  • 7/9/2020 - Join us for Ted talk “My 12 pairs of Legs” by Aimee Mullins, Athlete, actor and activist, and discussion lead by Dr. Valerie Williams, Assistant Professor of Philosophy. 

Please send Diane Zydlewski ( comments and suggestions.

To Members of the Emmanuel College Community:

Recently, the College launched a formal investigation into a series of extremely disturbing and hateful social media messages written by an Emmanuel College student. Given the racist, threatening and violent language, the Student Code of Conduct System disciplinary process was initiated. All matters coming through Emmanuel bias incident and hate crime reporting must go through due process. Yesterday, an Ad Hoc Hearing Board convened and made the decision to permanently dismiss this student from the College.

As a College community, Emmanuel has no tolerance for hateful speech. I encourage our students, faculty, administrators and staff to continue to be vigilant in identifying behaviors that are counter to the Emmanuel College mission and our values of justice and civility. As we continue to navigate the challenges of the world today, I call on each of us to continue to work together to build a strong and inclusive College community.

Sr. Janet Eisner, SNDdeN


Dear Members of the Emmanuel College Community,

The past three months have posed historic challenges to our College community, and we have met them with creativity and resilience. In addition to weathering a global pandemic, we have engaged in important discussions on issues of justice in our society. The spirit we have shown throughout this period affirms my confidence in members of the College community as we prepare for the fall semester.

In all our strategic discussions about the fall, we are seeking to effectively safeguard the health of all members of our community while continuing to provide learning experiences of richness and depth. A detailed roadmap for achieving these goals will appear in “EmmanuelForward,” our plan for the fall semester, which will be rolled out in July. This plan will be framed within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Phase III re-opening parameters, and informed by guidance from the City of Boston and a state-charged higher education working group.

While we recognize that these government mandates are subject to change, I am pleased at this time to announce that the College is actively planning to resume an on-campus living and learning experience for the Fall 2020 semester. Academic programs will employ a hybrid model of face-to-face and virtual instruction.

This hybrid approach maintains the student-faculty engagement that is at the core of the Emmanuel experience. Additionally, it provides the following benefits:

  • Health and Safety: The integration of in-person and online modalities allows for required social distancing in physical classrooms, while taking into account concerns for the health and well-being of members of our community.
  • Flexibility: Students and faculty will have options to engage in person and/or virtually, using synchronous and asynchronous formats. Students who opt to not live in residence halls will have the ability to continue their education in a fully online format.
  • Adaptability: The continued use of learning technologies and platforms enables the College to pivot quickly and seamlessly in the event that external factors require a change in course. 

For undergraduate students, classes will begin on Wednesday, August 26th—earlier than in past years. On-campus instruction will conclude on Friday, November 20th, and resident students will return home by Tuesday, November 24th, just prior to Thanksgiving break. The remainder of the semester will be conducted virtually, with classes ending Friday, December 4th, and final exams taking place from December 7th to 10th. Spring 2021 classes will resume as scheduled on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

All Graduate and Professional Programs (GPP) classes will be held online-only for Fall 1 and Fall 2 sessions.

The configuration of the residence hall experience will be reconsidered in an effort to de-densify living spaces and to create student groupings that minimize risk and contact. Guidelines for social distancing, face coverings, hygiene, gatherings, dining and more will be detailed in July EmmanuelForward communications and will be a key part of campus orientation and re-orientation. Follow-up communications will include details on a phased move-in schedule, which will begin as early as mid-August.

New students and families, both first-year and transfers, will be informed in the coming weeks of Orientation programs, which will take place in July and August. Orientation programs will be conducted virtually as the College prepares its physical campus for re-opening. In the coming weeks, new students will receive a number of communications related to joining the Emmanuel College community.

To conduct COVID-19 testing—a critical issue for moving forward—Emmanuel will be working with the internationally renowned Broad Institute. A Cambridge, MA-based biomedical and genomic research center, the Broad Institute partners with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, and the five Harvard teaching hospitals. The College will have a strong plan in place for testing, contact tracing and quarantining in advance of a phased residence hall move-in and the beginning of face-to-face classes.

Pending additional guidance from the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, additional members of the Emmanuel College staff will return to campus offices in phases beginning in July. Detailed return-to-work guidelines, including health and safety protocols, are being distributed. At the current time, all offices, including student and academic services, are fully open online.

In the coming weeks, as additional EmmanuelForward plans are released, College departments will engage with you to ensure we have considered the full range of community needs. Meanwhile, I invite you to send questions to

Thank you for your continued flexibility as we navigate the uncertainties of these times. I know that we will see our way through them with collaboration, agility and mutual support. I look forward to welcoming our College community back to campus in August.

Sincerely yours,

Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN


Difficult Conversations During a Time of Unrest Across America
Millions of people across the country have read about and watched footage from tragic events over the past weeks. It’s normal for events like this to generate strong feelings, which often carry over to conversations at home and at the workplace. Discussions about polarizing issues that surface can be tense or even downright destructive. Avoiding such conversations is not always a good solution. For children, events like this can help shape their belief systems. It’s important for adults to pay attention to the way they respond to children during these times.
In this webinar, we’ll discuss ways to have healthy discussions about polarizing topics without damaging your important relationships. We’ll also discuss productive ways to talk about the events with children.

Dear Members of the Emmanuel College Community,

The killing of George Floyd last week at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer—witnessed passively by fellow officers—has struck at the soul of our nation. Video of the incident has starkly and undeniably exposed a truth that many would prefer to dismiss, or simply not think about—namely, that in 2020, Black Americans continue to suffer real oppression and even death as a result of personal and systemic racism. It seems that, for all the technological wonders and material abundance of our modern era, a troubling internal disorder persists. When it comes to the most important measure of a society—its moral progress—America is failing.

As I wrote to current students, faculty and staff this past Saturday, the events in Minneapolis have laid bare centuries-old rifts in the fabric of our nation. The peaceful protests that have continued to spring up in recent days are the crying out of our collective conscience. They are an alarm bell announcing that the time has come, indeed is long overdue, for us as a people to recognize that the violation of African Americans’ inalienable rights continues unabated. What in past centuries took the forms of slavery and Jim Crow continues today in ingrained bigotry, structural inequality, and, as we have seen so often, outright violence.

The names say it all. Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, the list goes on. They join the likes of Emmett Till, Medgar Evers and other martyrs of the Civil Rights Movement whose deaths shook our nation and spurred long-needed action in the 1960s. More than a half-century later, the moment for action has once again arrived. Now is the time for courageous public-square conversations about enduring inequalities in areas including housing, criminal justice, hiring, and healthcare. In just the last three months, we have seen Black people experiencing inordinate suffering as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with death rates in many cities substantially disproportionate to their percentage of the population. We need to change that. Additionally, we need to recognize and eliminate the manifold ways in which Black people are marginalized in contemporary American society, subjected to unreasonable suspicion, and excluded in subtle, everyday ways simply because of the color of their skin.

At Emmanuel, we continue to address such issues through serious academic inquiry and discussion, as well as comprehensive student programming and resources. Additionally, the Black Student Union, which this year is marking its 50th anniversary, provides ongoing leadership in voicing the needs and concerns of Black students on campus. Still, we recognize what Martin Luther King, Jr., called “the fierce urgency of now” and are committed to renewing our efforts to understand the root causes of racism and division, while enhancing an atmosphere of authentic welcome, openness and inclusion on campus. This is the ongoing purpose of the President’s Commission on Diversity & Inclusion, which, immediately following the murder of George Floyd, scheduled a listening forum for students, faculty and staff. The forum took place on Monday; an additional forum is scheduled for tomorrow.

“The greatest challenge of the day,” wrote Catholic Worker Movement co-founder Dorothy Day, “is how to bring about a revolution of the heart?” As unsettling as these times are, they offer a historic opportunity for honest introspection, healing, reconciliation, and lasting progress. With God’s grace, let us rise to the moment.

Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN


Dear Members of the Emmanuel College Community,

This past week, video surfaced of a white police officer in Minneapolis brutally apprehending an unarmed black man. The victim, George Floyd, lost consciousness in the incident and was later pronounced dead. The clip is shocking to witness—and yet we have seen so many like it before. I know that words alone cannot adequately describe the emotions many are feeling in the wake of this latest outrage. Yet I want you to know that, even now, in the midst of this pandemic, Emmanuel is here to support you.

The events in Minneapolis lay bare centuries-old rifts in the fabric of our nation. These include bigotry, inequality, and a criminal justice system that many people of color have come to view as unfair, if not actively hostile, toward them. At Emmanuel, we understand the “fierce urgency” of these issues for the future of our society. As always, we continue to seek effective ways to advance justice, peace and true love of neighbor within our College community and far beyond.

Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN

Dear Members of the Emmanuel College Community,

Last month, the Emmanuel community entered into an important dialogue on the College’s approach to Title IX cases. Through various platforms—including social media, a virtual listening session, and a Day of Silence—members of our community called on the College to ensure sensitivity, compassion, fairness and rigor in its handling of instances of sexual misconduct. We commend all who shed light on this topic, in some cases sharing personal experiences.

The College remains committed to taking timely and effective actions to address these concerns. To this end, I am pleased to announce the formation of our new Campus Climate Task Force.

Consisting of students, faculty and administrators, the task force will engage in research and dialogue to understand the full breadth of community suggestions related to Title IX. Additionally, the group will review the College’s current policies and programs, best practices at other institutions, and the impact of new regulations mandating how Emmanuel College and all other colleges and universities must investigate and adjudicate sexual misconduct cases under Title IX.

These activities will inform recommendations for changes and/or enhancements to our procedures. Moreover, the task force will recommend initiatives for cultivating healthy and enriching relationships and for communicating these programs across the College. The task force will submit these recommendations in its report to me by June 26, 2020. 

Based on consultation with student leaders and the Faculty Senate, I am pleased to appoint the following members to serve on the Campus Climate Task Force:


-        Jennifer Forry, Dean of Students

-        Jeffrey Smith, Jr., Associate Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer and Deputy Title IX Coordinator



-        Maria Amodeo ’23

-        Marcus Fox ’21 

-        Daniela Gomes-Rodrigues ’22

-        Nate Hillyer ’21

-        Vonnie Orellana ’22

-        Joseph Silvey ’23



-        Janese Free, Associate Professor of Sociology

-        Lenore Martin, Professor of Political Science

-        David Palumbo, Associate Professor of English



-        John Kelly, Director of Campus Safety

-        Cindy O’Callaghan, Dean of Academic Administration and Graduate and Professional Programs

-        Dr. Joseph Onofrietti, Vice President of Student Affairs

-        Erin Farmer Noonan, Vice President of Human Resources, Risk Management and Compliance, and Title IX Coordinator


I am grateful to all task force members for their willingness to engage in this vital work. We look forward to their thoughtful recommendations and to advancing our commitment to the safety, care and well-being of all members of our community.

Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN


All Students who lived off-campus during the last academic year are encouraged to complete the 2020 census! Students living on campus in 2019-2020 have already been counted, and those commuting from home are counted within their household.

Study Abroad Spring 2021

Spring 2021 study abroad applications will be due in October 2020. All students interested in semester abroad and travel course opportunities for Spring 2021 should contact the Office of International Programs for additional information and guidance on the application process. For full semester programs, students are encouraged to begin the planning process over the summer in order to pick a program, research scholarship and funding options, request course approvals, and to prepare for their study abroad experience!

 For Academic Year 2020-2021, we are deferring our Fall EC in Leeds Sophomore program to Spring 2021. The program will return to its traditional Fall semester in the next academic year. This program is open to students who will be a sophomore during the Spring 2021 semester. Students may choose from a wide variety of course offerings at the University of Leeds. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in May 2020 and the application deadline is October 15, 2020. More information can be found at

Email with any questions.

Students can request a study abroad advising appointment at this link:

Dear Members of the Emmanuel College Community,

During Emmanuel’s Centennial Celebration in 2019, we reflected on periods when the College adapted and thrived in the face of external challenges. We had little inkling then that, just months into our second century, we would be called to demonstrate that same spirit of creativity. For all the ways you have risen to the unprecedented demands of the past two months, you have my profound gratitude. As we conclude this historic semester, I would like to highlight some of what we have achieved in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic and share insights on what may lie ahead.

An Extraordinary Eight Weeks

Our rapid transition to online classes is a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit of our faculty, the resilience of our students, and the foresight of our investments in technology in recent years. I know that, for many of you, this shift presented particular challenges, and I have been pleased to see our staff providing ongoing support in areas ranging from information technology to counseling and health. I commend all of you for persevering amid circumstances that were scarcely conceivable when we launched the spring semester in January. 

I am inspired by the successes we have seen during this period of virtual teaching and learning.  In just the past few weeks, Emmanuel students were selected for prestigious Fulbright, Goldwater, Truman and Boren scholarships. Additionally, 60 senior candidates for distinction in the field presented their research and scholarship, while others made capstone presentations in a variety of disciplines. Meanwhile, students engaged remotely in annual traditions such as our Leadership Awards and Moonlight Breakfast.

As part of Emmanuel’s ongoing commitment to the wider community, we have offered assistance and vital supplies to neighboring hospitals. Moreover, Emmanuel graduates across the country, working in a variety of professional and volunteer roles, have come to the aid of people suffering as a result of COVID-19, while offering words of encouragement and support for our students and for one another. The unity of our community has never been stronger.

Honoring the Class of 2020 on May 16th

We remain committed to honoring the Class of 2020—the first to graduate in Emmanuel’s second century—with a traditional in-person Commencement ceremony, and we look forward to the day when we can gather on campus for this joyous occasion. While our 98th Commencement Exercises will not take place this Saturday as originally planned, we recognize that May 16th is a date that holds special significance for our seniors and their families. In honor of this milestone, we are sharing tributes, including a special congratulatory video that we will post on social media on May 16th. I invite all of you to view and share the video and join in celebrating the great Emmanuel College Class of 2020. 

Planning for the Fall

From the onset of the pandemic, we have been thinking carefully and strategically about the future. Our discussions are rooted in a singular conviction: it is vital that we as a community return as soon as possible to our campus in the heart of Boston. That is why we are engaging directly with state and city authorities and health agencies and developing contingency plans for the reopening of the College. We anticipate even greater clarity in the coming weeks with respect to the COVID-19 testing and distancing protocols that will be required of organizations moving forward. We will continue to update you as this official guidance is made available, and our plans for the fall come into sharper focus.

Our decision to convene fall classes on campus or online will be driven above all by our commitment to safeguarding the health and well-being of all members of our community. Whatever form our College life takes, we will keep the mainstays of an Emmanuel education strong, including our distinguished and dedicated faculty, our close and supportive community, and our commitment to equipping students for success in a world that is changing before our eyes. These are constants.

As we head into the summer months, I want to remind all students, particularly graduating seniors, that the Career Center remains open and committed to supporting you in every aspect of your career development and planning. Career Advisors are available for virtual appointments to provide assistance in navigating the current marketplace. For more information, please visit

I know that, together, we will see our way through this challenging time. Now and in the months to come, may Emmanuel, our God with us, continue to bless you, your families and our College community.

Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN


Grieving the loss of your Spring Semester?  Miss your friends?  Looking for closure?


Starting April 17th on Fridays at 3:00PM

Join Colleen Willians and Kenzie Kich for the Counseling Center to process your loss and gain support from other senior classmates. No sign up needed!  Just click on the link and join.

Join in on the fun and games by following Emmanuel College Gaming on Discord -

Both casual and competitive gamers welcome! From Fortnite and Dauntless to Mario Kart and Animal Crossing, there's more than a few channels to follow - plus we are open to your suggestions for more! In addition, check out our new music bot and listen while you work or play.

Also, learn how to get Minecraft for free using your Emmanuel College email address as part of our Microsoft Office 365 service.

Career Advisors are meeting with students virtually. 

Your Career Advisor is available to support your career development, whether you need assistance with your serarch, preparing for interviews, networking or negotiating a salary...WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!!

Click here to make an appointment today.

The Learning Commons DiscoveryLab will be hosting an online event “DIY Masks For Yourself and Others” following the CDC’s guidelines and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s recommendations. We will walk you step by step through making a "No Sew" mask from available materials. We'll also provide information on options for learning to sew more sophisticated masks, and ways you can even become a contributor to organized mask drives.

Three different times available - pick the one that fits your schedule:
Tuesday, April 7th at 1:00-1:30pm
Wednesday, April 8th at 12:00-12:30pm and 7:00-7:30pm
Thursday, April 9th at 1:00-1:30pm

The final session will be recorded.

Dial-In Information
Zoom meeting information:
Meeting ID: 708 615 791
Password: EC1234

Dear Students,
In light of the decision to move instruction online for the spring semester, the Office of the Registrar would like to assure you that we will continue to provide the same services to the Emmanuel community in a virtual manner. Attached please find an communications for both A+S and GPP students with updates regarding how we will support you during this time, including the upcoming registration period.
Course Search and Registration Instructions:
COF Registration Flyer: Fall 2020 COF Registration Flyer.pdf

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Research Spotlight: Powerful Partnerships

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Research Spotlight: Economics Education on a Global Scale

As her research in economics education has focused on innovation in the classroom and finding ways to help students apply economic theories to real-world situations, students are vital in every aspect to Associate Professor of Economics Rebecca Moryl’s work.

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Eileen Milien '22: A Career-Affirming CURE

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Melissa Duffy '20: Artist and Appreciator

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Jessie Wang '19: Head of the Class

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