The Multicultural Affairs and Student Inclusion Office leads the Lesley community in creating a campus that promotes our students’ individual and collective success. We’re dedicated to excellence in all matters related to diversity, inclusion, and equity, and we’re committed to helping students feel connected to life at Lesley through programming, advocacy, leadership development, and community involvement.
Participate in one of these programs throughout the year.
This is monthly breakfast event for students, faculty, and staff is dedicated to community building and making connections.
This monthly event provides a space for facilitated dialogue with Lesley graduate and undergraduate students on matters related to diversity and inclusion. Each session is between 90 minutes and 2 hours in duration, and each month there is a different topic of focus. While the topics vary, there are overlapping themes of identity, privilege, marginalization, and intersectionality.
Sankofa Lecture Series
The meaning of the word sankofa asks that we embrace our past in order to achieve a rewarding future. The series creates a platform for diverse perspectives and ideas to be shared and discussed in open and vibrant community dialogue on critical issues related to race, gender, sexuality, and intersectionality.
The Sankofa Lecture Series was established to create a forum for thought provoking diversity and inclusion themed presentations on current hot topics led by guest scholars, authors, and researchers within academia and in society.
Summer Transition Weekend
This is a free experience for incoming first-year students of color, first-generation college students, and/or commuter students. The Summer Transition Weekend creates an environment where you can begin adjusting to a new setting while exploring key issues related to the transition to college life. Through this initiative, we create a space for identifying strategies, supports, and campus connections necessary for success.
Be a voice for the community through these student organizations. Discover more opportunities by visiting the Student Activities office.
Men of Scholarship for Achievement, Inclusion, & Community (MOSAIC)
MOSAIC is an initiative for undergraduates designed to create an affinity space for bringing together men of color. While honoring diverse experiences across ethnicities, the initiative promotes identity development and healthy masculinity.
Queens United Embracing Empowerment Now (QUEEN)
Through QUEEN, undergraduate women of color find an outlet for deconstructing and moving past boundaries in pursuit of cultivating the authentic self. This is a space for identity exploration, self-empowerment, sisterhood, and liberation work.
SEEDS provides a student-led empowerment space designed for dialogue on ways to empower individuals, build coalitions, and encourage action that promotes access and equity.
Multicultural Student Advisory Council (MSAC)
MSAC is a student leadership organization at Lesley University that was established in order for undergraduate and graduate students to advocate for ways to increase Inclusive Excellence at Lesley University. MSAC uses a shared leadership model and does work in three areas:
- Support the institutional efforts of university leadership.
- Provide guidance related to activities from Multicultural Affairs & Student Inclusion Office.
- Serve as a space for new student-led initiatives.
MSAC is also a space for learning, identity development, and group dialogue on critical issues.
Take advantage of our office's specialized resources and support.
Resources for Undocumented Students
Local Legal Resources
This information is given as a resource only, and is not an official referral or guarantee of service or quality. Lesley University cannot guarantee the services or the quality of advice these resources may provide to you.
- Curran & Berger LLP | 413.584.3232
- Iandoli Desai & Cronin P.C. | 617.482.1010
- Goss Associates | 617.357.9300
- Costa & Riccio, LLP | 617.742.4444
Legal Services (free, low fee, or sliding scale)
- City of Boston Immigration Clinic | 617.635.2980
- University of Massachusetts School of Law – Dartmouth | 508.985.1174
- Greater Boston Legal Services | 617.371.1234
- Catholic Charities Refugee & Immigration Services | 617.464.810
- Community Legal Services & Counseling Center | 617.661.1010
- Irish International Immigrant Center | 617.542.7654
National Immigration Resources & Information
Know Your Rights Information
- Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition
Know your rights resources
Scholarship resources for DACA or undocumented students
Anti-Oppression Library Guide
Our Anti-Oppression Library Guide is intended to provide general information about anti-oppression, diversity, and inclusion as well as the social justice issues key to the Lesley University community.
Online Videos of Recorded Events
During the academic year, we host and co-sponsor guest speaker events for the Lesley undergraduate and graduate community. In order to create access to such events for our distance education, online, and low-residency students, we record and make these events available online.
To access the videos of our featured guest speakers, log in to Office365 and go to "Multicultural Affairs & Student Inclusion" under the "Videos" section.