Meet the Team

Jerome Burke

Director of the Center for Inclusive Excellence

Phone Number: 508-215-5888

Jerome Burke joined Framingham State University as the Director, Centre for Inclusive Excellence on June 5, 2023. He is a Jamaican native with over 8 years of experience in communications and working with youth and vulnerable and marginalized groups. Jerome received a Master’s in Integrated Marketing and Communications from the University of the West Indies (Jamaica) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Technology (Jamaica). 

His programmatic planning and advocacy work include serving as the Communication Consultant for Jamaica AIDS Support for Life, where he created campaigns aimed at improving the lives of People living with and affected by HIV and AIDS and improving access to treatment and prevention services for the LGBTQ+ community.

Jerome has served as a Policy Consultant for Jamaica's leading human rights organization. He has also been instrumental as a project consultant at the Ministry of Health and Wellness, where he implemented a program geared towards providing greater healthcare services for citizens of a lower socio-economic background.

Jerome has designed and led some very impactful human rights and diversity training among key stakeholders and has been recognized for his outstanding work by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the European Union for communication and outreach strategies he implemented as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through initiatives he has led, many policymakers, law enforcement officers and healthcare workers have been more sensitive to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Jerome is also a creative writer and director of two of Jamaica’s most popular YouTube film series. He desires to continue creatively advocating for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, as this is his undying passion.

Emma Laurie

Program Coordinator


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.