Fall 2021 Reopening Plans
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A bridge to the future of education, well-being, and the arts.

Launched in early 2021, the Lesley University Center for Human Arts Innovation is designed to identify, curate, and advance the most innovative ideas coming within the Lesley community and help bring to life those ideas with a transparent and inclusive process, program models, economic plans, and operating structures. 

The Center will support innovations that solve a significant need in our community, break down silos to bridge the traditional boundaries of disciplines and departments, and expand Lesley’s impact beyond our classrooms and campus. The Center will focus on forward-looking solutions to today’s challenges through the head, heart, and hand of constructive action.

Some of the Center’s initial priorities will be to solicit and support concepts that:

  • Reimagine the future of teaching and counseling in the 21st century
  • Support the dissemination of art and design expertise to the wider community
  • Expand and strengthen community partnerships and cross-disciplinary collaborations

How to propose an idea

We welcome innovative ideas from anyone in the Lesley community. Ideas will be reviewed on a quarterly basis by the Center's executive director and a small advisory board. We aim to develop and pilot 2-3 major projects and several smaller ones in the first year.

If you would like to suggest an idea or have questions about the criteria and review process, please email the Center's executive director, Dr. Jonathan "JP" Paul, at jonathan.paul@lesley.edu.


Executive Director

Dr. Jonathan "JP" Paul is the Executive Director for the Center for Human Arts Innovation, whose mission is to foster a Lesley University community at the forefront of inclusive transformation in education, the arts, and well-being.

Before joining Lesley, JP served as vice provost of academic programs at Relay Graduate School of Education, one of the country's largest Graduate Schools of Education for Black and Latinx teachers. He is on the Harvard Institutes of Higher Education faculty, where he leads cohorts of executive education courses in strategic planning and financial sustainability.

Read more about JP on his full bio page.