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Valerie Yeakel (she/her) is Lesley University’s Equal Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator. In this role, Valerie coordinates the University’s efforts to comply with its responsibilities under Title IX and other state and federal nondiscrimination law. In doing so, the Equal Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator supports the University’s efforts to provide an inclusive and harassment-free learning and working environment for students, faculty, and staff.

When are we available?

Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Why would you contact us?

A student would reach out to our department if they have been impacted by harassment or discrimination, including sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence, or if they want to make a report of such conduct.

How do you contact us?

Email: or

Phone: 617.349.8643


What do I do if I want the University to investigate an incident of sexual misconduct that I experienced?

If you would like the University to investigate what happened, contact the Equal Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator by emailing or by calling 617.349.8643.

What do I do if I want University services and/or supportive measures after experiencing an incident of sexual misconduct or interpersonal violence?

Depending on the circumstances, the University may be able to provide numerous services and supportive measures, including academic modifications, housing modifications, counseling, health care services, No Contact Orders, and other options. The Equal Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the effective implementation of supportive measures. The University may also be able to recommend off-campus services.

What happens if I tell a professor, work colleague, supervisor, or friend that I have experienced an incident of sexual misconduct or interpersonal violence?

Depending on their relationship to the University, they may be obligated to report to the Equal Opportunity and Title IX Office. If the office receives a report, a staff member from that office will reach out to the impacted individual to offer supportive measures and to discuss different options. The impacted individual has the right not to speak with the Equal Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator or the Equal Opportunity/Title IX Investigator, although there may be circumstances in which the University may investigate allegations without the impacted individual’s participation.