1World/1University: Diversity at Lesley
At Lesley University, there is more diversity than what we think, but less than what we would like to see.
The university has the clear goal of reaching at least 20% diversity among its staff, faculty and students.
There are policies and procedures that aim to achieve this goal.
Lesley is trying hard to promote a more tolerant and open University. To celebrate diversity should be
an active and constant attitude of looking for differences as a way to mirror one’s culture and to learn from others. There is a real determination towards having diverse staff, faculty, and students. The reality
in the hallways does not reflect this effort. The institution is working to change it, but it is up to the students
in the classrooms to make it come alive.
The photo project 1World/1University: Diversity at Lesley is a visual and historical record of this moment and time. The photo exhibition was on display at the Marran Gallery in the month of April 2015. The exhibition is made out of 19 portraits from staff, faculty, students, and service and public safety employees, from Brattle, Doble, UHall in Cambridre, and AIB/LUCAD (Kenmore Square).
The one “token to take home” for readers is that “diversity celebrations” are not 30 days on the calendar, when you “celebrate something-something heritage.” It should be an active and constant attitude
of looking for differences as a way to mirror one’s culture and to learn from others.
By acquiring and permanently displaying this images across campuses, President Moore made a statement about diversity at the university. The project was produced by Maura Mendoza Quiroz ’15, ’17
and Mario Quiroz-Servellon ’15, ‘17.