Community Impact Report
Lasell is inextricably woven into the fabric that is Newton. Its involvement with the community dates back to the year the College was founded; 1851. We’re embedded in the Auburndale neighborhood, and that’s exactly where we want to be.
Our location, and our connection to the community, is an important part of what makes Lasell stand apart from other schools in the area. We strive to nurture that relationship, and we do, in a myriad of ways.
As you will learn, many of our students and members of the faculty have volunteered in organizations across the City of Newton. From student mentors engaging with youngsters at The Second Step to athletes helping Learning Prep students prepare for a Special Olympics competition, Lasell community members reach out and reach out often.
In addition, our students intern at local businesses and organizations. A total of 110 students interned at Newton organizations last academic year including the West Suburban YMCA, the Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Indigo, to name just a few.
Recently, we created a new Vice President of Communications, Community and Government Relations position. In that role, Ruth Shuman has spent the last several months working with City leaders to collaborate on several new projects, including a student-produced video promoting “The College Experience,” during NewtonSERVES week.
Also, the College has launched a new initiative called the Small Business Institute – which involves Newton-Needham Chamber members, small businesses and faculty and students from Lasell – providing services to and working to build support for Newton’s business community.
Lasell is proud of its tangible contributions to Newton and the surrounding area, and remains committed to building its relationship with the community for years into the future.