2017-2018 Student Handbook

Student Activities - Undergraduate and LCAL Students

38 Mellen Street 
617.349.8565, studentactivities@lesley.edu 
617.349.8640 Fax

Felecia B. Bumpus, Assistant Dean of Student Life and Director of Student Activities 


The Student Activities office provides resources and support for undergraduate students through meaningful and diverse opportunities that foster individual and community success from their transition into, through, and beyond Lesley University.

From the moment you step foot on campus and start your college career, we will have exciting events and opportunities or you. Please explore our site for more detailed information, and don't hesitate to email us with any questions you may have.

Student Activities at Lesley University helps to provide a living and learning environment that empowers you to take charge of your college experience and play an active role in your total education. Your academic experience is enhanced through co-curricular offerings including campus-wide activities, social events, clubs, and athletics, as well as educational and cultural programming. All students are encouraged to take on leadership roles across campus and develop skills in leadership, communication and collaboration. The Office of Student Activities is here to support your undergraduate experience by providing you with a wide range of resources to assist you as you develop personally and professionally over your time at Lesley University. 

Activities and Special Events 

Throughout the school year, you will find a wide range of social and educational programs, coordinated by the Campus Activities Board (CAB), student organizations, and the Office of Student Activities (OSA). Special events include Family and Friends Weekend, Quad Fest, lectures, casino nights, movie nights, and a wide variety of other exciting campus events to match every interest.

Cambridge and Boston, world-renowned artistic and intellectual centers, offer a great variety of social, cultural, and educational opportunities. Lesley University students enjoy exploring the surrounding urban environment to discover museums, galleries, concert venues, cafes, and theaters for every taste. Undergraduate students are eligible to purchase reduced priced tickets to our “Explore Your City” series at the McKenna Student Center Information Desk. Look for a list of events and schedule of on sale dates published at the beginning of each semester. Your student ID card allows free or reduced admission to programs at area colleges and at many of Boston’s cultural institutions, including free admission to the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) and the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA). 

During the academic year, the Lesley community enjoys many programs coordinated by the Office of Student Activities. Everyone in the Lesley community is welcome to attend these events. Use LU Connect (https://lesley.collegiatelink.net) for the most up-to-date details about what is happening on campus. Undergraduate students will also receive an email each Monday afternoon from the Office of Student Activities highlighting events that week.

Student Spaces on Campus

The Margaret McKenna Student Center 
The McKenna Student Center on the Doble Campus features a spacious lounge and eating area. The Center is open to students, faculty, and staff. In addition to the Cafe, the Student Center also has wireless internet access, a digital display screen to publicize campus-wide information, and a large screen TV located on the Mezzanine Level. This space has movable furniture, is host to a variety of programs and is the hub of campus activity. The Info Desk located within the McKenna Student Center will offer event information, ticket sales, and other student services. 

University Hall Student Center 
Located on the third floor of the University Hall Building at 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, the area includes the University Hall Porter Cafe, a quiet reading area, and a spacious seating area with both lounge and dining furniture.

Lunder Arts Center Lower Level 
The Lower level of the Lunder Arts Center is a great place to relax and get some work done.

Sources for Student Information

Student Handbook
The Student Handbook is published annually by the Division of Student Life. It provides students with information about student life, co-curricular resources, and University policies. 

This Week at LU Newsletter
The Office of Student Activities produces a weekly e-mail newsletter that includes a calendar of what’s happening at Lesley University each week throughout the semester. It highlights events in Student Activities, Athletics, Community Services, and from clubs and organizations on campus.  If you are not already receiving the newsletter, please contact studentactivities@lesley.edu.

Lesley Public Post 
The Lesley Public Post (lesleypublicpost.com) is a student run online news blog providing the campus community with campus news, features, op-eds, articles, and commentaries. Students who want to become involved in the Public Post can register at the Fall/Spring Student Activities Fair.


Photography majors produce an annual photography book titled Taking-In. It includes submissions from photography majors.


Commonthought is the University literary magazine published each year by students. Students, faculty, staff, and administrators have an opportunity to submit written items for possible inclusion in the magazine. Submission and publication dates are publicized each year.

Undergraduate Student Government 

The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) is the representative governing body of Lesley University students. The USG works with the University administration to address issues directly affecting students of Lesley University. USG officers are elected to one-year terms and serve as liaisons to academic committees, ad hoc committees and advisory groups that deal with a wide range of issues in the greater university community. USG is advised by the Director of Student Activities. 

USG encourages student participation in its ongoing efforts to enhance the quality of the undergraduate student experience through its committees. If you are interested in becoming involved in a USG committee please visit the Office of Student Activities or refer to the USG Constitution. 

USG Committees 

All undergraduate students can serve on a USG committee. Joining a committee allows you to have direct input on the various issues that affect our community. In addition to the various committees that work on issues related to Student Life, there is a Student Allocations Committee that serves to allocate funding to the various student clubs and Organizations on campus. 

Student Organizations

Joining a committee allows you to have direct input on the various issues that affect our community. In addition to the various committees that work on issues related to Student Life, there is a Student Allocations Committee that serves to allocate funding to the various student clubs and Organizations on campus.

Joining a club or organization at Lesley University is a great way to meet new people, develop your talents, and discover new ones. We encourage all Lesley University students to get involved in their community. If you don’t see an organization you are interested in below, drop by the Office of Student Activities to learn how to start a new club or organization.

For the most up to date list of student organizations, visit our web site at www.lesley.edu/student-activities/ or LUConnect at Lesley.collegiatelink.net.

Frequently Asked Student Activities Questions

How do I start a new student organization on campus? 
All undergraduate students are welcome to start new student organizations on campus. To begin the process, you must visit the Office of Student Activities to meet with the Director of Student Activities. In this meeting you will be provided the steps you need to complete in order for your club to be recognized by USG. 

How do I reserve a space on campus?

To reserve space for events of Lesley University student organizations, students must meet with a member of the Office of Student Activities staff.

How do I publicize my event on campus?

If you are a club or organization, all events and meetings should be posted to LU Connect (https://lesley.collegiatelink.net). If you would like to post information to the digital screens in the Student Center or Fitness Center, please contact your Office of Student Activities advisor for specific details. Bulletin boards and kiosks are also very effective ways to communicate with the campus community. Student organizations should direct requests for bulletin board space to their advisor in the Office of Student Activities. Notices and bulletins should not be posted on painted walls, or on windows and glass doors, since this creates a dangerous visual obstruction. All postings must have the approval stamp from the Office of Student Activities. Stop by the Office of Student Activities to receive approval. In publicizing student events, students are asked to act responsibly as reliable members of the College community. Posted notices are expected to be in keeping with the spirit of the Lesley University mission statement and to conform to Lesley’s alcohol policy. 

I want to get involved but I am not sure how.

The Student Activities Fair is a great way to learn about all the different opportunities at Lesley University. The Student Activities Fair at the beginning of each semester is a great way to learn about all of the opportunities for becoming involved on campus. If you have any other questions relating to Student Activities, please send an email to studentactivities@lesley.edu, call 617.349.8565, or drop by our office. We are more than happy to help you in any way that we can.