A non-stop fight for independence to the rhythm of piano

Campbell Grousbeck (California, 1992) is one of the members of the Threshold program, a two-year program for young adults with special needs and diverse learning challenges. He is in the Early Childhood path and will join the Transition program in Fall, when he will move to an apartment with two friends and will keep working…

Students shining light on inclusion issues

The members of the Multicultural Student Advisory Council (MSAC) participated in the development of the Diversity & Inclusion Climate Survey, created by the Inclusion Plan Steering Committee in order to collect students’ experience on campus. The survey, which was closed on April 7th, gathered information about inclusion and marginalization, and the engagement with diversity and…

The beauty of being bicultural

A graduate student, who identified herself as a Black Latino woman, shares with the Lesley community a poem that she wrote when she was an adolescent. Nowadays, being bicultural may cause identity based struggles because of negative social interactions. However, this young girl talks proudly and funnily about acceptance and identity. Puerto Fakin’ Yo so…

“I was told that I was not college material”

Selase W. Williams, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, was the keynote speaker at the Unity Gala, celebrated on April 28. Williams received the Community Leader Award for inspiring social change on campus and beyond. His contributions were essential for the development of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Student Inclusion. We share here…

“I needed a new life when I was 20”

Liberation is the belief that we can succeed, a sense of confidence in ourselves and in our collective efforts. Liberation is the knowledge that we are not alone. Raising Voices shares stories of personal liberation written by students, faculty and staff. These testimonies about introspection, challenge and empowerment pretend to foster awareness and understanding about…

“My life is no longer in my country of origin”

Editor’s note: Raising voices decided to publish this story as anonymous based on the uncertainty about the new immigration rules and in order to protect the student. My mother was a strong resilient woman who had to make many difficult decisions when it came to her two daughters, my sister and I. She knew there…