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Dolores A. Radlo

Sharon Harrington-Hope headshot

Senior Director of Academic Support, Technology & Accessibility
Office: 617-243-2474

Letter to Parents
Parents/Family Connections E-Newsletter - January 27, 2022

Dear Lasell Parents and Families,

Welcome to a new semester filled with fresh opportunities for our students to learn and grow! 

Every day I am so impressed with our students’ persistence and determination to make the most of their college experience despite the pandemic. We know that it’s critical to help our students further build their capacity for resilience to keep navigating these uncertain times and adapt well in the face of stress and adversity, while also focusing on their academic progress and goals. This is why we work in partnership with students, faculty, and staff to offer a comprehensive selection of multi-modal academic support services at the Academic Achievement Center (AAC) from day one through graduation – at no additional cost for any Lasell student.

Because of our collaborative and actively engaged learning community here at Lasell, we have built our strength-based academic supports on the premise that all students looking to enhance their academic and professional pursuits and passions can and will access our services at some point in their academic careers with us. This is consistent with our academic culture: Always push further, explore, and grow together. We have a wonderful staff of professional tutors, peer tutors, and professional learning specialists ready to work with students in person, remotely, or online. Types of academic support available:

-- Individual and/or group content tutoring sessions
-- Writing and research process assistance
-- Study groups
-- Academic technology support (using Canvas, Self-Service, Starfish, Microsoft Suite, online learning tools, etc.)
-- Workshops (e.g. MTEL prep, LSAT prep, writing, study/notetaking strategies)
-- Managing time, organization strategies, academic progress check-ins
-- Practicing for presentations
-- Consultations for short/long-term projects, group/team assignments, and Capstones

AAC supports are available from the start of each semester to the very end of final exams, so please encourage your student to work with us early and often! While getting help with coursework at any time of the semester is smart (even at the last minute), making a habit of working regularly and proactively with us can make a positive difference to any student’s learning and academic resilience.

As always, my staff and I are looking forward to an excellent semester working with our students to support their success. Please encourage them to stop by and see us soon!


Dolores A. Radlo

Donnell Turner

Director, Center for Career Readiness & Internship Programs
Office: 617-243-2125

Letter to Parents
Parents/Family Connections E-Newsletter - October 27, 2021

Dear Lasell Parents and Families,

We share a common goal: We both want your student to be successful while they are Lasell students and after graduation, too. The Center for Career Readiness and Internship Programs (CCR) is committed to assisting your student connect their academic experience to their career path. In partnership with my faculty colleagues, CCR offers advising and resources to prepare students to transition – career-ready – into a diverse and global workforce.

Similar to other institutions, CCR offers one-on-one advising on resumes, cover letters, practice interviews, choosing a major, and everything else related to professional success. These one-on-one conversations are also supplemented by a wide range of programs, workshops, and events.

Connected Learning at Lasell

One of the reasons I joined Lasell in 2013 was the University’s commitment to connected learning. Every major at Lasell includes practical, hands-on activities in the form of internships, service learning, study abroad, and collaborative research. The experiential learning opportunities that a Lasell education provides can help your student gain real world experience, develop skills, and stand out from a crowded pool of candidates.
Benefits of an internship

According to research conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE),  internships have positive implications on early-career outcomes. A NACE survey found that students who had an internship experience were 20% more likely to receive full-time job offers than students who did not complete an internship.

Challenges of virtual internships

For the Class of 2020, COVID-related hiring freezes impacted internship programs. To compensate for social distancing, many savvy employers created online internships. However, for young people endeavoring to deepen classroom learning to a real-world experience, virtual internships can be very challenging.

Interns may lose the opportunity to develop soft skills and competencies doing a virtual internship. Studies conducted by the Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions also indicate that students miss the chance to understand professional cultures, subtle norms, ways of communicating, and interacting with professionals.

What can parents do?

To support the work of Lasell’s Center for Career Readiness, please encourage your student to:

  • Meet with our staff to brainstorm and develop a strategy for success during and after Lasell
  • Visit CCR early in their Lasell careers to avoid last-minute stress
  • Be active and engaged on campus

As a parent, if your company has a summer, part-time or full-time job opportunity, please contact the Center for Career Readiness. We will help you find a hard-working student or alum for the position. If your company hires interns, please consider listing the internship with CCR.


Donnell Turner

Sharon Harrington-Hope

Sharon Harrington-Hope headshot

Director of Counseling/Clinical Counselor
Office: 617-243-2145 

Letter to Parents
Parents/Family Connections E-Newsletter - August 30, 2021

Dear Lasell Parents and Families,

This past year has been one like no other, and the upcoming school year, while filled with possibility due to the vaccination of the Lasell campus, is also tinged with ongoing uncertainty and possible threat. Despite this, we have seen how resilient students are, and how there is a collective drive to try and maintain our pursuits and achieve our goals while facing ongoing, destabilizing risk.

Making space to acknowledge the added burdens we have been holding is key to finding the ongoing ability to persist. Allow time for you and your family to talk honestly about the last 18 months, and really try and hear one another. This global crisis intersected with our personal psychologies, including our baseline levels of anxiety and ease. We need to try and honor what the experience has been for others rather than assume others have fared similarly to us.

The metaphor of putting on your oxygen mask first before helping others is useful as we think about how you can support your student. Take care of yourself, get support for challenges you may be facing, and then you will be able to approach your child with objectivity and empathy. Developmentally, it is completely expected that their current days will be filled with turbulence, and this unsettled stage will most likely result in them blossoming into the adult they are supposed to be.

While you don’t want to minimize the pain of what your student may be experiencing, holding awareness in the back of your mind that this struggle is necessary may help you remain more grounded and supportive. They are trying to branch out and “do their own thing” but they are still deeply tied to you and their home life. If they have a sense that things are OK at home and with you, they will be better able to pursue their adult lives.

Being a parent is an all-consuming job, and you may find yourself suddenly without children at home. Empty nesters often struggle with the major adjustment, and again, acknowledging the discomfort of the transition may help you more readily enter the phase of enjoying your achievement of raising your student to this point of their development. It may be time for you to explore new hobbies or social connections as you find that your time is opening. Be kind and supportive toward yourself, just as you would your student, and you will find yourself on the other side of this major life adjustment.

I wish you and your student a rich and fulfilling year, and I look forward to connecting with any of you who may want to discuss the best ways to support your student.


Sharon Harrington-Hope, LMHC