A Message from Catherine Koverola, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences
Here at the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, we think of ourselves as a community. Students, faculty, staff, and alums join together in classrooms, meetings, events, and institutional partnerships. We celebrate each other's unique strengths, and engage in collaborative, interdisciplinary work. We are a team, and in GSASS it's simply a given that we're "better together."
Together we accomplish incredible things - from ground-breaking scholarship and community engagement to boat races. One of things that makes our community so unique is the way in which our Alumni continue to be a part of it long past commencement each Spring. As alums you return to teach with us, partner with us, and through our various continuing education opportunities, often continue to learn with us. You serve all over the globe as ambassadors to Lesley, and represent us with the truly remarkable work you do. Most of all, you continue to educate us - much as you did as students; asking the probing questions, doing the cutting-edge work, and reminding us that we are all a part of something much bigger. We are all a part of a world that needs us, and we are ready to go out and make things happen.
As you'll see in this edition of the GSASS eNewsletter, we maintain our commitment to community outreach and international initiatives as we embark on another academic year. We continue to aspire to a more mindful society, and to promote healing and transformation for individuals and communities everywhere. This includes our own community, for which we sponsor a number of wellness initiatives available to students, faculty, and staff. From weekly mindfulness sessions to walking and yoga, we understand that a community can only be as effective as the health of its members.
We invite you to join us any time - stop by for Mindfulness Mondays, or sit in on one of our Aging Parents Exchange sessions, during which we share stories, perspectives, and tips for navigating our relationships with aging family members. Take a walk with us one afternoon, or pop in on one of our monthly Community Teas. Our self-care philosophy in GSASS is that we need to nourish our own community in order to nourish others.
So please do stop by, give us a ring, or drop a line. We'd be delighted to hear from you.
Catherine KoverolaDean, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences
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