Social Impact Initiatives

Social Impact Initiatives, facilitated by the Engagement Lab, give Emerson students and faculty the opportunity to work directly with local grassroots changemakers to co-create media projects that will make an impact in Boston and beyond.

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Transforming Narratives of Gun Violence

Transforming Narratives of Gun Violence (TNGV) is a collaborative initiative which seeks to understand the impact of dominant narratives of gun violence on individuals, families, and communities most impacted, and aims to co-create interventions to change these narratives.

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Transforming Narratives for Environmental Justice

Transforming Narratives for Environmental Justice (TNEJ) seeks to advance environmental and climate justice through collaborative storytelling, design, and research. Newly launched in Fall 2023, TNEJ has a strong cohort of committed Emerson faculty and passionate students. Partner organizations include GreenRoots, Speak for the Trees Boston, Zoo New England, and the Fairmount Indigo CDC Collaborative

Everything Else

While most of our work takes place within our Social Impact Initiatives, some Studios and projects apply collaborative methodologies without fitting neatly into a specific initiative. Some Studios span initiatives, integrating the topics and producing projects for both! For example, each semester we facilitate a Co-Design Studio, which introduces students from a range of academic backgrounds to the theory and practice of collaboration, the importance of power and positionality, and the application of dynamic and engaging design methods.

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