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Dear Honorable President Sister Janet,
My name is Rachel Aiello and I recently graduated in the honors program at Emmanuel College with double distinction in communication and political science. Although I’ve never taken a class with Professor Mehta I am writing to support her value within the Emmanuel community and to strongly recommend her tenure.
According to page thirty-two of the faculty handbook, requirements for tenure promotion include teaching effectiveness, scholarship/professional achievement, and engagement with the College and its mission. I will be speaking on behalf of Professor Mehta’s successes within the latter.
I first met Dr. Mehta in the Fall of 2013. She was one of the gracious faculty whom volunteered their time to the Emmanuel College Women’s Leadership Academy. The group met monthly to talk about how to be a successful professional woman and leader in general. Dr. Mehta always offered empowering advice and important psychological research about women in the workplace. She taught the academy that woman tend to feel the need to apologize and limit their voice—something that I found to be true from my own experience. Dr. Mehta became a mentor that inspired me to find my passion and not apologize for it. Emmanuel used to be an all women’s college. It was founded to enrich women’s lives because they were not being offered the same opportunities. Dr. Mehta paralleled that tradition in the Women’s Leadership Academy.
After I graduated from the Academy, I continued to see Dr. Mehta at various events around campus. Most events focused around promoting social justice, such as the alarming issue of sexual assault on college campuses. I’ve seen Dr. Mehta at all sexual assault awareness events. She even hosted a movie with the Psych club about images of masculinity and how it projects rape culture on college students. I also went to the panel she hosted about the American Psychological Association and their policies on torture. The program was very interesting and provided dynamic perspectives—certainly a multidimensional learning experience.
Dr. Mehta has promoted social justice within Emmanuel College community and she is a symbol of this social justice to Emmanuel Students who want her tenure at the institution. Foremost because she is an achievement of the mission of the Sister of Notre Dame de Namur. The Catholic intellectual tradition is about pushing boundaries and to make the world a better place. Dr. Mehta is doing just that. I’ve gone to two Catholic educational institutions, Emmanuel and La Salle high school in Providence, RI and identify as Catholic. The Sister of Notre Dame and Brothers of John Baptist de LaSalle envisioned education as more than an important public service—the foundation of righteousness in the world. Emmanuel College, as an institution and as a community, will suffer great loss without Dr. Mehta.
I encourage you to reconsider Dr. Mehta’s tenure. Please feel free to reach out to me with further questions.
Alumni: Class of 2016