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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Lesley is a very free to be you and me campus. People express themselves in all shapes and forms. Since arriving here, I have learned about sexual orientations which I had never heard of before. Everyone is walks in the light of their own truth. As a middle aged, overweight, multiracial, heterosexual woman it is refreshing to be in a learning environment where I can feel accepted as I am.

3 College Junior

Diversity: The diversity at Lesley is slowly starting to grow

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Th diversity on campus is something that is pretty well know for the school. Coming into lesley I knew that there were a lot of different types of people and that it was a pretty welcoming community. Everyone here is pretty accepting of each other. What I didn't realize until a couple weeks into school is that the kid who are different and accepting of "others" are really only accepting of people just like them. I would describe my self as a typical new englander from Connecticut and I feel like the type of kid who does not fit in here . I am not suddenly the type of kid that isn't like the rest and its because the artsy and more free going type of people create a group of people just like them and thats who they hang out with. The only other type of group is the athletes who also stick to themselves.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: This school is very accepting and open of diversity

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Great place to be if you identify as LGBTQ and/or trans*. Diversity is widely accepted here, which is awesome. It's a pretty liberal school so a super conservative person would probably feel out of place. Also, feminism is HUGE here.

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While there is not an overwhelming amount of racial diversity at Lesley, with more than half of students being white, there is still a decent number of ethnicities represented by the student population. There are a few student-run organizations on campus representing minority students, including ALANA (African/Caribbean/Multiracial, Latino, Asian, Native American) and the Multicultural Club. In addition, Lesley has the Diversity Council that strives to support diversity-related efforts and hosts various diversity events both on and off campus. Various religions are also represented, with Lesley's Christian Fellowship and Hillel, Lesley’s Jewish organization, supporting students through meetings and events. Many students also follow the Buddhist and Hindu religions, and there are many places in the Cambridge area for students to practice these beliefs.

The most notable variety of diversity that Lesley has, however, is diversity of sexual beliefs and backgrounds. Lesley is probably one of the most open and accepting schools in this regard, and people of all beliefs and orientations are accepted. The two main LGBTQ groups on campus are Love And Equality for All People (LEAP) and Queer Lesley Education and Resources (QLEAR). Both organizations do a lot to support sexual diversity and host many popular events on campus, such as the annual LEAP Drag Show. No matter what type of minority, however, the students of Lesley are very accepting of all backgrounds and differences.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
5%
International
1%
Native American
1%
White
60%
Unknown
21%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
54%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Vermont
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 21%
20-21: 24%
22-24: 19%
25+: 35%
Female Faculty
65%
Male Faculty
35%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 7%
Asian American: 4%
Hispanic: 6%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 83%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Lesley is probably one of the most accepting schools there is when it comes to the LGBTQ community; people of all beliefs and orientations are accepted and welcomed. There are two main organizations on campus, Love And Equality for all People (LEAP) and Queer Lesley Education and Resources (QLEAR), that are very active on campus and host popular events.
Political Activity
Most of Lesley's students, though not all, tend to be liberal, which matches the very open-minded city Lesley is located in. While there are no political clubs on campus, political events and demonstrations happen all around the city, and some students choose to participate and support their beliefs.
Economic Status
Many students who attend Lesley benefit from both need-based and merit-based scholarships. There is no obvious distinction between students of different economic backgrounds.
Most Common Religions
While a decent number of Lesley students are agnostic, the Christian, Jewish, and Buddhist faiths are also well-represented. Lesley's Christian Fellowship sponsors Bible study and social events, and Hillel, Lesley's Jewish organization, hosts cultural, educational, and social events around campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are many minority clubs and organizations on campus, including ALANA (African/Caribbean/Multiracial, Latino, Asian, Native American), the Multicultural Club (hosts events to highlight various cultures), and Paso Caliente (encourages diversity and culture within the Lesley community through salsa). All of the organizations are visible in the Lesley community, hosting various events open to people of all nationalities and races to help promote acceptance.
Did You Know?
One program run through Lesley is the Threshold Program. It is a campus-based, two-year program designed to give young adults with special needs the opportunity to experience college life in a supportive atmosphere.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 30 responses

  • 13% Progressive/very liberal
  • 53% Liberal
  • 7% Moderate
  • 3% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 7% Libertarian
  • 17% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 34 responses

  • 35% Progressive/very liberal
  • 44% Liberal
  • 6% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 34 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 8 responses

  • 0% Republican
  • 62% Democratic
  • 12% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 25% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 83% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 17% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 88% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 12% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 31 responses

  • 87% Very accepting.
  • 13% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.

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