Meet the Team

Eric Nguyen

Director of the Center for Inclusive Excellence

Phone Number: 508-215-5888

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.

Ariel Deane

Center for Inclusive Excellence Program Coordinator

Phone Number: 508-620-1220

In November 2021, Ariel joined the Center for Inclusive Excellence as the Program Coordinator. Ariel has already been a member of the fRAMily for four years, as she recently completed her undergraduate degree at Framingham State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and a minor in Art. She previously worked at the CIE as the Events and Marketing intern for three years while pursuing her degree. She is eager to return to provide support to student organizations and expand on programming to continue to serve the needs of FSU community.  

In her free time Ariel is a visual artist, whose main body of art visualizes messages of social and criminal justice, identity, and education. One of her favorite quotations, that also encapsulates her stance on the importance and impact of art comes from the brilliant feminist and social activist Gloria Steinem: “Like art, revolutions come from combining what exists into what never existed before.” 

Emma Laurie

Student Intern


Emma joined the Center for Inclusive Excellence as an intern for the Spring 2022 semester, in fulfillment of an upper-level sociology course, Internship in Sociology/Criminology. Emma is a senior year Criminology major, with minors in Psychology and Sociology. She has a Golden Retriever service dog named Dixie who accompanies her around campus. Emma is also involved in several student organizations including Student Government Association and Pride Alliance.

As a student intern, Emma develops programming and presentations on topics such as racial, LGBTQ+, and disability justice. She also serves 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. Some of her projects include creating a social media series during Black History Month highlighting Black voices within the LGBTQ+ Movement, curating reading and viewing lists that highlight Black voices in various forms of media including books and television, and organizing a presentation with Dr. Xavier Guadalupe-Diaz that examines intimate partner violence within LGBTQ+ relationships.

In her free time, Emma enjoys reading, taking Dixie on walks, cooking, and trying out new recipes. Emma is excited to provide support to the CIE, as well as student organizations, and to try to help make Framingham State University a more inclusive space for all.