A Message from Catherine Koverola, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences
Dear Alumni and Friends,Late last year I penned a letter to the Lesley community regarding the events in Ferguson, Staten Island, and countless other communities affected by the loss and trauma of structural violence in the United States. I wrote the letter in response to a student-led demonstration that took place shortly before the holiday break. Besides being a powerful and thought-provoking experience, the protest reminded me of the passion and drive so many of our students and alums have to shine a light on injustice, and to care for our fellow human beings in bold ways. That light must be shone onto our own community too. While it’s easy to diagnose a national ill from the comfort of our offices and classrooms, we must remember that our own community is not only affected by, but also responsible for stemming the pervasive and complex ideologies of racism, violence, and discrimination that are alive and well today. Each and every one of us has a role to play in ensuring that our curriculum, pedagogy, scholarship, and practice create a space for understanding, a space for difficult dialogues to take place, and a space for all students, faculty, staff, and alumni to feel they are a valued part of our community. It is essential that every single person at Lesley feels they matter. Because they do. To that end, I have called for an institutional initiative within GSASS to begin dialogues, examine our curriculum and policies, and to strengthen our resolve to take action against racism in the United States. It may seem like a small step, but all things ripple outward. And with our global network of students and alumni, I know that Lesley can make a difference.I encourage you to read my letter in its entirety, and to let me know your thoughts. As always, please do be in touch. We should come together now more than ever.
Catherine KoverolaDean, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences
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