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Social Issues 2021

Message from President Steinmayer

President Janet L. Steinmayer condemns the violent attempt to disrupt the peaceful transition of power in our nation’s capital on January 6, 2021:


  Yesterday’s violent insurrection in Washington was horrifying. The images of domestic terrorists storming the U.S. Capitol, some waving Confederate flags,  are shocking and shameful.

I stand with members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation, Governor Baker, and Attorney General Healey in strongly condemning this unprecedented attempt to disrupt the peaceful transition of power. 

As a community of educators and learners, may we all embrace our mission and use our voices and the power of inquiry to counteract the forces of extremism, address the challenges that face society, and promote equity and justice.

Janet L. Steinmayer
Lesley University

Guides Outside the University

As a result of the current climate in United States, many universities and colleges have complied resources and offered access to different perspectives and lenses.  Here is a short list, by no means comprehensive:

Simmons University:  Anti Oppression Guide: This guide is intended to provide some general information about anti-oppression, diversity, and inclusion as well as information and resources for the social justice issues key to the Simmons University community.

This guide is by no means exhaustive, but rather serves as a starting place for finding information from a variety of sources. It will continue to develop in response to evolving anti-oppression issues and community needs.

Boston Public Library: The BPL is a safe, inclusive, open and accessible space dedicated to serving the cultural, educational, and informational needs of all Bostonians, residents of Massachusetts, and visitors.  Our hope is that students, educators, parents, activists, allies, librarians, and everyone in between may find this guide useful as they engage with and challenge issues of race, racism, police violence, privilege, social justice and civil rights.:

New York Institute of Technology: This guide attempts to provide general information and a starting point to learn about anti-oppression, inclusion, and privilege, as well as provide knowledge and resources to key social justice issues.

Ohio State UniversityThis guide gathers materials and resources on the topic of DEIJ in law schools. The guide is meant to serve as a resource for faculty, adjuncts, students, staff, and librarians.  We would like to acknowledge the University of Oregon John E. Jaqua Law Library's "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Practices in the Law School Classroom" library guide, the University of Washington Gallagher Law Library's "Diversity in the Legal Profession" and "Diversity Readings Related to First-Year Courses" library guides, the ALWD Publications Committee 2018 Readings Lists, and the suggestions of our faculty, staff, students, and other colleagues around the country for providing many of the titles we have found in this guide.

Lesley University Counseling Center :

The Lesley University Counseling Center provides individual short-term counseling and services for on-campus undergraduate and graduate students in degree-granting programs. Our counselors are sensitive to issues of ethnicity, spirituality, culture, sexual orientation, gender, disability, learning differences, and body image. We offer traditional verbal therapy and non-traditional methods, such as expressive arts therapies.

Counseling sessions are held in confidence and are not part of your academic record. If you need or want long-term counseling, we can refer you to outside specialists. Students are responsible for the cost of outside services How to make an appointment:   We are offering remote counseling services.  To make an appointment:  Email to let us know you want to meet with a counselor.  You can also use this email for other questions you may have.  Call 617-349-8545 and leave a voicemail and we'll get back to you.


Call to Safety approaches domestic and sexual violence intervention and prevention work through a social justice and anti-oppressive lens. We communicate this value through community outreach, continuous training and education for our staff, and by applying anti-oppression theory into our Basic Advocacy Training for incoming volunteers. In the interest of joining the movement for racial justice, Call to Safety recently took on the effort to become an anti-racist organization. We recognize that as we live in a culture that is supported by white supremacy, our work towards racial justice will be on-going and in a constant state of becoming. We welcome feedback from the community at large about how we might better work towards this goal.