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Community and Government Relations

College campus

Lasell University is proudly located in the historic village of Auburndale in Newton, Massachusetts. Since its founding in 1851, the University has contributed to and engaged the community through its positive impact on cultural life, community service, and the economy.

At Lasell, we are committed to establishing and enhancing relationships with neighbors, businesses, non-profits, community organizations, and the City of Newton and other government entities to promote co-beneficial partnerships and opportunities for student internships, service, and research. This is accomplished by fostering a spirit of honest and open communication, mutual understanding, and creative collaboration with the people whose neighborhood Lasell shares.

Office of Government and Community Relations

The University’s Office of Government and Community Relations, led by Carrie Weatherbee, vice president of university advancement, acts as a liaison to our neighbors, the community, and city, state, and federal officials. The office sends Neighbor News, a quarterly e-newsletter, to keep neighbors and other community members informed about happenings at the University. To sign up, please email

Available Services for Newton Residents

Lasell provides many services to our neighbors and Newton residents, including a 10 percent discount on graduate tuition for City of Newton employees, course auditing for continuing education or brushing up on old skills, and access to the Minuteman Library Network at Brennan Library.

In addition, Lasell serves our community’s youngest and most senior learners through our dedication to education across the lifespan. Lasell operates two day-care and pre-school facilities that accept local residents and serve as laboratory schools for the Early Childhood and Elementary Education Program. Lasell Village offers an internationally known continuing care retirement community where residents commit to 450 hours of continuing education annually.


Lasell annually hosts a number of events that are open to the community, including the Presidential Speaker Series, art exhibits and performance art, and athletic competitions.