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.

Jeffrey Smith |
Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer

Jeff Smith has been working at Emmanuel College since 2014. He holds a BA in Business Management from Hiram College and an MBA with a focus on International Business from Baldwin-Wallace University. Prior to arriving at Emmanuel, Jeff worked at Salem State University and with a number of non-profit organizations in the Cleveland, OH area. Jeff is originally from Kent, Ohio and is passionate about Cleveland sports, social justice movements, and 90’s hip-hop music.

Jeff resides in Malden, MA with his wife and 2 children.

Fillette Lovaincy |
Associate 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.

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