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NewsJan 3, 2019

Top Lesley News stories of 2018

From the historic Brattle Campus acquisition to an inspiring, star-studded Commencement ceremony, we’re reliving the top moments and news featured on our website in 2018.

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1. Historic purchase completes Brattle Campus
Jul 18, 2018
The acquisition of the former Episcopal Divinity School buildings expands our presence in Cambridge and paves the way for new programs and initiatives.

2. Former FBI Director James Comey opens our fall lecture season
Oct 11, 2018
James Comey, Jay Leno, Gloria Steinem and Jeb Bush are among the luminaries to present at our Boston Speakers Series during the 2018-19 season.

3. Margaret Everett is named provost
March 6, 2018
Lesley's new academic leader has a background in public health and Latin American issues. Dr. Everett worked at Portland State University for more than two decades before joining Lesley.

4. College of Art and Design unveils visual identity
March 7, 2018
Undergraduate design students collaborated to create the new “Lesley Art + Design” brand extension for our College of Art and Design.

5. Commencement 2018
May 19. 2018
Commencement speakers Jason Reynolds, Elizabeth Warren and Gay Su Pinnell called on graduates to persist against injustice and use their degrees for good; alumnus Devin Meyer ’90 celebrated the confidence and independence of Threshold Program students at their graduation; and the university celebrated our first full graduating class of the Urban Scholars Initiative.

6. Lesley hosts bilingual education conference
April 6, 2018
Thanks to the advocacy of many educators, including Lesley professors Meg Burns, Amanda Wager and Laura Schall-Leckrone, bilingual education was reinstated in Massachusetts. In March, Lesley hosted a conference on dual language learning for teachers, superintendents and universities, sponsored by the Multistate Association for Bilingual Education.

7. Lesley embarks on New Bedford partnership
Aug. 14, 2018
Our new Rising Tide Educational Initiative seeks to elevate educational and workforce development opportunities in the New Bedford area.

8. Caitlin Kalafus ’17 tours with legendary musician Cyndi Lauper
Aug. 6, 2018
Drummer Caitlin Kalafus, a 2017 graduate of our design program, toured with 80s pop icon Cyndi Lauper, playing venues from the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles to New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden.

9. Rescue dog makes People Magazine contest
Aug. 22, 2018
Ollie, a Siberian Husky mix owned by Lesley Athletic Trainer Alecia Baran, was a finalist in People Magazine's “World’s Cutest Rescue Dog” contest.

10. Lilu Barbosa is named new Chief Diversity Officer
Sept. 19, 2018
Lesley named Amarildo “Lilu” Barbosa as our first-ever chief diversity officer, leading our newly-established Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.