Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives

Relearn. Reimagine. Rebuild. 

At Lesley University, we're striving to build and maintain an inclusive environment. We aspire to create a true sense of belonging for all and a community where members can engage as their full selves. 

Our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is at the forefront of this ongoing and important work. We pursue strategic diversity initiatives to advance our mission.

Initiatives such as creating and implementing a process for responding to incidents of bias (known as the Bias Education & Reponse Team, or BERT). Helping individuals develop their capacity to understand and engage across differences. And collecting and sharing data that will inform positive change, among many others. Specifically, our work encompasses these 5 areas of Inclusive Excellence

  • Infrastructure
  • Access & Equity
  • Campus Climate & Inclusion
  • Curriculum & Learning
  • Diversity in Research & Scholarship

Stay informed and get involved.

As a member of the Lesley community, you can stay informed of the work we're doing and find ways to participate right here.

Diversity Committee Leadership

These two groups are working to advance our mission around diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • President's Committee for Inclusive Excellence (PCIE)
    Through a collective process, this committee has developed a vision for Lesley University, which serves as a guide for what our university can become over time.
  • Lesley University Diversity Council
    The Diversity Council is a volunteer group on campus that has a history of being the longest-standing University initiative around diversity and inclusion.  
"We are committed to the pursuit of strategic diversity initiatives that will position diversity, equity, and inclusion as fundamental to institutional excellence at Lesley University. In doing so, we are striving for a campus culture and community that fosters a true sense of belonging for all, provides an opportunity for everyone to participate equally and fully in the Lesley experience, and helps to develop each individual’s capacity to confidently and competently engage within and across difference."
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Mission

Campus Engagement

Our office engages students and employees around diversity, equity, and inclusion in the following ways. 

  • New Student Diversity Symposium

    In this symposium, new Lesley students:

    • Examine the Lesley Inclusive Excellence Vision Statement
    • Create a deeper awareness of personal Identity and how that influences their experience in the Lesley community
    • Recognize the need for awareness and appreciation of difference in creating a welcoming environment for others
  • Campus Climate Forum

    The President’s Committee for Inclusive Excellence (PCIE) conducts Campus Climate surveys throughout the year. Members of the Lesley community can attend Campus Climate presentations to learn about survey results and to engage with administrators on areas of growth.

  • Restorative Justice Welcome Community Circle

    This open community forum provides a space for students and employees to engage in dialogue about how to sustain a sense of community when we experience incidents of bias, hate, or adversity.

  • Identity Immersion Student Leadership Training

    In this session offered once per semester, student leaders further develop their understanding of differences, including how to navigate and work across difference.


We share the following reports with the Lesley community about the work we are doing.

Workshop Request

Our office offers several 3-hour workshops to Lesley students and employees, as well as to individuals at other institutions. Contact the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office at least 3 weeks in advance if you'd like to request the following workshops: 

  • Understanding Historical Legacies of Oppression
  • Exploring Self-Awareness & Our Socialization
  • Exploring Dominant & Marginalized Identities
  • Interpreting Our Environment
  • Understanding Across Difference
  • Introduction to Restorative Justice & Implementing

Request a Workshop 

Policy & Bias Response Systems

Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion