The Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion engages the Emmanuel College community by providing programming and initiatives that celebrate diversity, affirm identity and promote authentic inclusion.

We aim to empower students from underrepresented communities through support and advocacy. Consistent with Emmanuel College’s Mission, the Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is committed to social justice and works with the entire Emmanuel community to ensure the engagement, inclusion and empowerment of all students.

The Center opened in 2001, and became the Center for Diversity Equity and Inclusion (CDI) in the fall of 2016. Now, as the Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (CDEI), we continue welcoming all members of the Emmanuel community, and especially underrepresented students. We offer a space that can be used for student organization meetings, studying and socializing. Culturally-themed resources can also be found in the Center, including books, DVDs and periodicals.

The Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion also advises the College’s Multicultural Clubs and Organizations. In this role, we are able to develop programs and events in collaboration with our student organizations. These partnerships allow us to plan for thematic programs including: Hispanic Heritage Month, National Coming Out Day, Black History Month and Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. We also work with student organizations to coordinate discussions and dialogues centered on current events and social justice issues.

Keith Lezama, Jr., Ed.D.

Keith Lezama, Jr., Ed.D., ’07 |
Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer

Keith is a proud graduate of Emmanuel College where he studied in the School of Education. Keith also holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Simmons University and Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Northeastern University. Keith comes to Emmanuel from the Brookline Public Schools where he has served most recently, as the Director of the METCO program. Keith is currently an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education at Emmanuel College and is the Co-founder of L&P Educational Services in Boston.

Fillette Lovaincy |
Director, Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Fillette Lovaincy has been working at Emmanuel College since December 2019. She is a native of Massachusetts, from Somerville and Malden. Fillette received her BA in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and her M. Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Salem State University. Prior to working at Emmanuel College, Fillette worked at Salem State University as a student development counselor for The Summer Bridge Academy.

Along with her passion for social justice and women empowerment, Fillette enjoys activities that bring out her creativity such as DIY crafting, painting, and decorating.

Explore Emmanuel

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.

Learn More
Learn More
Learn More
Learn More
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.”

Learn More
Learn More
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. 

Learn More
Learn More
Learn More
Learn More
Learn More
Learn More

Let's Get Started.

Emmanuel is a place where students broaden their sense of what’s possible and prepare for inspiring careers in an ever-changing world. Be here.