News from Lesley University

Lesley University’s Early College Partnership earns state designation ‘Pilot’ cohort includes 40 students from Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School 

Lesley University’s Early College partnership with the Cambridge Public Schools has received state approval for designation as a Massachusetts Early College Program
Our program, which launched in January, provides students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) with opportunities to fulfill high school graduation requirements while also earning college credits transferable to any Massachusetts state college, university or community college. Lesley’s Early College program currently offers career-focused pathways in the ​​health sciences, art and design, and human services and social work. In the future we hope to add pathways in environmental science, education and communications.
As part of the pilot program, about 40 CRLS sophomores, juniors and seniors are coming to campus twice a week for classes taught by Lesley faculty. The group also meets with the program advisors once a week, and students participate in a weekly supplemental instruction (SI) session with Lesley SI instructors.
“Our faculty report that they have been impressed with the group’s academic commitment and enthusiasm, and we look forward to welcoming more CRLS students next year as the program expands,” President Janet L. Steinmayer wrote in an April 11 message to the Lesley community.
Here’s more information about Lesley’s Early College Partnership with the city of Cambridge.

Lesley University announces sale of 1627 Mass. Ave. property Transaction will add to Cambridge’s stock of affordable housing, advance university campus strategy and investments 

This month, Lesley and the city of Cambridge announced the future sale of the university-owned property at 1627 Massachusetts Ave. — the former Undergraduate Admissions and Visitor Services Center — to a local nonprofit.
The university recently agreed to sell the historic property to Homeowner’s Rehabilitation Inc. (HRI), a Cambridge-based non-profit developer of affordable housing. HRI has provided affordable housing since 1972 and has extensive experience with the adaptive reuse of historic buildings and in new construction of affordable housing.
“Knowing how great the need is for affordable housing in Cambridge, Lesley made a significant financial contribution by accepting a lower offer to make this transaction possible,” President Janet L. Steinmayer wrote this week in a message to the Lesley community. “We think this is an excellent outcome for the city and are proud of the investment that Lesley is making to create new housing opportunities in our community.”
Read more about how this sale will swell the city’s supply of affordable housing.

Lesley enhancing campus counseling servicesInnovative partnership with Lesley and Riverside Community Care will support mental health and wellness, create opportunities for students 

Leveraging its expertise educating mental health providers and responding to the increasing levels of anxiety, stress, suicide, addiction and ADHD among young adults, Lesley is partnering with one of the state’s largest non-profit mental health providers, Riverside Community Care.The partnership creates a proactive model of student mental health and wellness care. It will begin to address some of the persistent shortcomings of the current campus-based mental health system and seeks to find new, effective and evidence-based approaches and treatments.
This summer, Riverside will open an outpatient mental health center on Lesley’s campus, the Riverside Outpatient Center at Cambridge. Lesley’s current Counseling Center will then have the capacity to expand its wellness programming, and focus on advancing the field. Serving more than 40,000 people a year in Massachusetts, Riverside offers a wide range of mental health care, developmental and brain injury services, early childhood and youth programs, addiction treatment, trauma response, and more.
“Riverside Community Care brings a depth and breadth of services that would be challenging for any sized university to create on their own,” says President Janet Steinmayer. “A transformative learning experience starts with students feeling relaxed, safe and connected to their peers. As educators, we have to invest in the whole person and their wellbeing to be the most effective.”
Read more about this exciting and important partnership.