Prior to becoming the Chief Diversity Officer, Lilu came to Lesley University as the director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Student Inclusion.
Lilu, who is Cape Verdean, has worked in the higher education and nonprofit sectors for about 15 years. He is also a doctoral student at Lesley, where his research is focused on strategic diversity leadership, intercultural competence, and organizational capacity building.
In addition to diversity and multicultural affairs, Lilu’s background includes residential education, academic support, and athletics. He also holds certifications in restorative practices, social justice conflict mediation, areas of bias response, and is certified as an Intercultural Developmental Inventory (IDI) Qualifying Administrator. His previous professional experience includes leadership of the General Academic Areas Tutoring Center and coordinator of the Brothers & Keepers Mentoring Program at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, MA, and prior residential life work at Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT and the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT.
Lilu holds a BS in business administration and an M.Ed. in higher education and student affairs administration, both from the University of Vermont. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Human Development and Learning program at Lesley University.
He also enjoys music, athletics and spending time with his family.