Manli never stopped smiling during the photo session. She cannot hide her happiness and joy for life.
She is a math tutor at the Center for Academic Achievement and is in her last semester to finish her degree to become
a High School Math Teacher.
It is hard to say something about Jerry in just a few lines. He is kind, caring, and at the same time, has a strong
sense of having things “under control.” We chatted about the difference between fútbol and football, the Red Sox’s horrible year (and the parking stress-free post season!), as well as life, family, working conditions, and hopes for the future.
This is Assis, our Cape Verdean friend from LUCAD. She lives in Dorchester and was looking forward to the new building. “It will only take me an hour and I would not have to make any transfer,” she said. One of her sons
is back in Cape Verde and the other one lives with her, here in the city.
There are some people from whom you only need a “hello” to know that you can trust them. Vivian is one of them.
Born in Mexico to Cuban parents, Vivian is a natural ambassador of everything Latino. Her cheerfulness is something
that comes from the heart, and you can see that she carries it through her classes.
Making this portrait was a mirror of Lisa’s personality. She walked into the room, greeted those whom she knew
and introduced herself to the rest. That is part of her world as Associate Provost. Nevertheless, she was extremely approachable and you can see that she had a strong sense of consideration and sympathy for others.
Vivien’s titles could easily fill out this caption. For us, she is just Vivien, a shining star who reminds us that a sunrise
is coming. A native of South Africa, she grew up in Israel, and came to Lesley as an undergraduate student in the mid 70s. She is an idealist who is still living an Ideal that started more than 40 years ago.
There are so many ways to describe Dephney: outgoing, friendly, and extremely helpful. She was a decisive factor
in reaching out and bringing together the Brattle’s Cafeteria staff for the portrait… and by the way, if you ask her,
she can tell you a lot of about evening security shifts and stories about Brattle’s ghosts!
Dieunie, a senior undergraduate, moves around with the grace and fragility of a butterfly. Gracious, shy, opinionated,
and sometimes pampered. And as any butterfly will do, she will cross your path and on a fraction of a second
will distract you, smile at you, and continue her way.
This is Sandra, an extremely cheerful and optimistic person. When I made a comment about her joyfulness, she replied
that she did not used to be like this, so I asked what changed. “I just let it go,” she said. That is a lesson that I will never forget. Sandra is the Associate Dean for Administrative and Academic Affairs at the GSASS.
The first time that I had lunch at Brattle Campus, I noticed that the folks that worked there were characters on their own. They explained to me how the system worked. Hector was a merry introduction to Brattle! Two hours later,
I was photographing them. It was really nice to make a portrait of the people who prepared and served my meal.
Victor has been working at Lesley/Doble for more than a decade. Extremely polite and mindful, he is a good example
of the “invisible work” that makes everything else possible. The moment that you have a conversation with him,
you discover the latent human potential that lays within him.
Diana is a great example of diversity. She considered herself a Latina. Born in Texas to Mexican parents
and married to a Puerto Rican, Diana is part of the office for Women’s Studies at Lesley University.
Rosibel spends more time at Lesley than any other worker. During the week, she cooks at Chocho’s, one of the restaurants at Porter Exchange, and during the weekends she cleans classrooms and offices. She is a caring mother of a teenager,
and a baby boy –who was delivered few weeks after this portrait was taken.
Lesley’s Center for Adult Learners can have a life changing effect in the lives of many. Going back to school
is in itself a challenge, specially as a married couple. LCAL provided amazing support to Maura and Mario.
They finished their undergraduate last semester, and started their M.Ed. and MFA programs at Lesley this spring.
If at least 25% of all the professors in America could have Ann-Charlotte’s passion and commitment for social justice,
we wouldn’t be witnessing the social unrest happening right now in Ferguson, New York, and many other parts
of the country. Originally from Sweden, Ann-Charlotte teaching is a landmark in her students’ college experiences.
During the photo shoot, we had to go back and make two additional pictures. When you are working with artists,
ideas can only improve. Stefanie is finishing her Masters of Arts in Expressive Therapies,
and is the President of the Student Association of Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences.
After 60 seconds talking with Yolanda, how could one not like her! When you walk into her office,
you enter into a wonderful and safe space. You can see that there is a passionate heart beating behind the idea
of diversity and the ways that it can become a reality in the university.
You might not “see” Jonathan at LUCAD, but you will definitely see his work! Jonathan is the Internet Content Developer and Administrative Coordinator. Anywhere there is something happening at LUCAD that is worth celebrating,
Jonathan’s creative input will be there ready to share it on the web and social media!
Matthew is a supervisor and driver for the shuttle services connecting Lesley’s four campuses.
Anybody going from “Point A” to “Point B” has seen him.
He gets more “thank you” and “good morning” than anybody else!
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