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Large Number of Attendees Participate in Virtual Accountability Forum(0)

June 17, 2020

On Monday afternoon, June 8th, 2020, Lesley University held a virtual accountability forum, which was open to the entire Lesley community—students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The purpose of the forum was to “discuss what accountability looks like at Lesley University in efforts to dismantle racism at all levels; individual, systemic, and structural.” The event was… Read More ›

Lesley Community Members Fight for Furloughed Workers

All Lesley community members are finding their lives uprooted and altered, to some degree, due to COVID-19. However, for countless Lesley dining hall, custodial, and public safety staff members whose contracts were terminated by the University without pay and benefits, the pandemic has been especially destructive. Suddenly, these workers have found themselves in a precarious… Read More ›

Bon Appetit Workers Get New and Better Contract

Two weeks ago, on November 5th, Lesley University’s dining workers voted to sign a new contract between their union and Bon Appetit Management Company, securing a minimum annual salary of $35,000 for each of the dining workers at Lesley. The new contract provides better policies on vacation and sick time, as well as increased access… Read More ›

Large Crowd Attends Memorial For Victims of Antisemitic Attack

In America’s current divided society, moments of unity are rare and deeply cherished. With a heavy heart on October 28th, I made my way to the Boston Common in hopes of finding such an experience. The previous day brought sorrow to the forefront, spreading from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the ends of the country. Eleven lives… Read More ›

Reflections on the D.C. March for our Lives

A few months ago when I was planning a trip down to Washington, D.C. to visit a friend I thought it would just be a normal weekend. We’d see some monuments, go to a museum or two, maybe even make it down in time to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom. Never in my… Read More ›

Why Are the Media Ignoring the World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis?

[Editor’s note:  Reem Al-Khalqi comes from Yemen; she is currently studying sociology and social change at Lesley.] I am sure that when most people think of “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis,” their first reaction is, “No, we read and hear a lot about Syria.” But unfortunately, the world’s worst humanitarian crisis is not in Syria;… Read More ›

Facing an Uncertain Future, A Lesley Student Hopes DACA Will Be Preserved

[Editor’s Note:  This essay, by Lesley senior Annabelle Feliz, first appeared in CommonWealth Magazine.  It is used with permission.] A Dreamer about to graduate – now what? “I’m not a package that can be sent back.” THIS IS THE MOMENT I’ve been waiting for. I’m finally in my senior year at Lesley University, majoring in… Read More ›

In Defense of Feminism

[Editor’s note:  Several days ago, the Merriam-Webster dictionary named “feminism” as its 2017 Word of the Year. This guest commentary is from Lesley sophomore Chloe Fay.] Some conservative columnists have accused feminism of being negative, stating that feminism is dead and has done more harm than good. Some conservative talk show hosts continue to demonize… Read More ›

How to Make Every Day Earth Day

“Climate change” has developed into one of the most-trending words of 2016 on social media websites. It has also become a topic of conversation and controversy in the presidential campaign, with some candidates believing it is a problem (Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders) and others believing it is a hoax (Donald Trump).   But while the… Read More ›

Lesley Students and Faculty Discuss Controversy over Beyoncé’s New Video

It’s not unusual for there to be an uproar whenever Beyoncé drops a new music video (I mean, it’s not like she has a big fan base or anything!); but when Queen Bey dropped the video for her new song “Formation,” I swear pop culture felt the tectonic plates move. With lyrics like “I like… Read More ›