Spotlight: 2016 Inclusive Excellence Award Recipients by Rebecca Rozenberg

Each year, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion honors community members who have demonstrated leadership in inclusion at Emerson. The Inclusive Excellence Awards recognize staff, faculty, and students who are selected based on their creativity and innovation in contributing to the College’s inclusion-related goals. This recognition reinforces Emerson’s commitment to diversity and inspires other community members to find their own ways to advance Inclusive Excellence at Emerson.


wrigley-brendaDr. Brenda Wrigley is Associate Professor and Chair of the Marketing Communication Department at Emerson College. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of gender and diversity, public relations, corporate communications, crisis communications, and management. Dr. Wrigley is particularly passionate about LGBTQIA+ issues affecting organizations. She is a big proponent of diversity training and engagement as a primary method of creating socially responsible spaces. In February, Dr. Wrigley was named to the Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee of the Plank Center Board, part of The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations at the University of Alabama. Wrigley joined the Subcommittee to promote the reach of diversity and inclusion in the field of marketing and public relations. At Emerson, Dr. Wrigley has served on the Carnegie Classification Steering Committee as well as several search committees including Associate Vice President and Title IX & Clery Act Coordinator, Emerson Los Angeles Director, and faculty positions within Marketing Communication. As Chair of the Marketing Communication Department she spearheaded the pilot of a website for undergraduate Marketing Communication majors to provide resources regarding the department while ensuring diverse and inclusive representation in the online content.


chris_daleyChris Daly is Director of the Office of Retention and Student Success, responsible for the coordination and support of programs and retention efforts that foster academic and personal success of undergraduate and graduate students at Emerson. In her short two years at Emerson she has already served on numerous institutional committees and working groups, including the Campus Climate Committee, the Community Coordinated Prevention and Response (CCPR) Team, the Veteran’s Affairs Task Force, and the Emerson collective of Leading for Change and its subcommittee devoted to analyzing Student Success. Within Enrollment Management, she has lead the emersonPATHWAYS Committee and the Enrollment Management Diversity Committee.


kimberlyanderson2Student Winner: Kimberly Anderson is President of Women in Motion, a student-run organization dedicated to supporting women in leadership roles at both student and professional levels of filmmaking. As President of Women in Motion, she helped organize the first Emerson College Women in Film and Media Summit, where women in “behind-the-scenes” roles gathered to share their experiences and discuss how a new generation of film and media makers can effect change and open doors for women in the industry. With Anderson’s input and participation, the Summit was devoted to bringing in intersectional voices and showing political and social justice films as well as traditional/commercial media. Anderson has only been a member of the Emerson College community for two years, but in that time has led an on-campus fundraiser for Planned Parenthood and supported the efforts and initiatives of Emerson Peace and Social Justice and E.A.G.L.E. This past August, Kim married her wife, a member of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Rebecca Rozenberg