Meet the Team

Eric Nguyen

Director of the Center for Inclusive Excellence

Phone Number: 508-215-5888
email: enguyen@framingham.edu

Eric joined the Framingham State University fRAMily in June 2021 as the Director of the Center for Inclusive Excellence. Eric brings extensive experience developing programs that prioritize equity, social justice, and belonging for all students through identity-based affinity groups, inclusive programming such as Heritage Awareness Months, and collaboration with campus and community partners. In particular, Eric is committed to an intersectional approach that centers and uplifts the voices and narratives of students who hold historically marginalized identities.

Prior to joining FSU, Eric’s work focused on expanding academic opportunities and building community to empower first-generation, undocumented, and low-income students of color in middle school, high school, and college settings. Eric currently serves the town of Natick, MA, as a member of the Equity Task Force, and he previously worked on the town’s planning committee for Earth Day celebrations.

In his free time, Eric enjoys outdoor activities including rock climbing, trail running, and mountain biking. He is also an avid photographer, and he enjoys birdwatching, hiking, and gardening with his wife Bonnie. Eric holds a masters degree in education leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a bachelors degree in psychology from Amherst College. He is currently enrolled in the doctor of education program at Northeastern University. His research interests are shaped by critical race and community cultural wealth theories and focus on the ways in which minoritized students navigate power dynamics throughout their college experience.

Emma Laurie

Program Coordinator

Email: elaurie@framingham.edu

In September 2022, Emma joined the Center for Inclusive Excellence as the Program Coordinator. Emma graduated from Framingham State University in May 2022 with a major in criminology, and minors in psychology and sociology. During her time at Framingham, Emma was also an intern for the Center for Inclusive Excellence during the Spring 2022 semester, in fulfillment of an upper-level sociology course, Internship in Sociology/Criminology. While an intern, Emma helped develop programming and presentations on topics such as racial, LGBTQ+, and disability justice. She also served as a liaison between the CIE and identity-based student affinity groups, with the goal of fostering an environment for students of intersecting identities to meaningfully engage with one another. She is enthusiastic to rejoin the fRAMily and help expand student support, develop programming to serve the needs of the FSU community, and to try to help make Framingham State University a more inclusive space for all.  

In her free time, Emma enjoys reading, taking her service dog Dixie on walks, baking, and watching the latest show on Netflix. Emma believes heavily that art, specifically media, has a huge impact and that representation matters, and loves to create and share viewing lists of media to highlight marginalized voices.