The university, located in Cambridge, Mass., has honored graduate Hope
Notaro with the 2013 Edith Lesley Wolfard Award.
Named for the founder
of Lesley University, the prestigious annual award is given to a senior
arts student who has excelled in intellectual engagement, community
leadership and civic engagement.
Notaro, who is from North Haven, earned her counseling degree from Lesley
with a minor in Art Therapy and a specialization in Holistic Psychology. Graduation took place May 18.
The recent college grad is already enrolled in Lesley’s Dual Degree program in the
Clinical Mental Health Counseling program with a School and Community
specialization. By earning her Master’s Degree at
Lesley, Notaro will be eligible to become a Licensed
Mental Health Counselor and plans to work in a middle or high school as
a guidance counselor.
“As a student of the helping professions, I hope that I can affect
change on the micro level, by providing direct service to students, and
secondly, on the macro level, by affecting change within our school
systems and helping future generations to take on
leadership roles,” says Notaro. “As a leader in the 21st century, it
will be my job to holistically view the complicated policy
issues—especially regarding our broken mental health care system—facing
our country so as to work to find solutions that address
the whole problem.” The Edith Lesley Wolfard Award is named for the
founder of Lesley University, and the recipient is chosen by a vote
of Lesley's College of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies faculty and
administrators. This award is given to a graduating senior who exhibits
a commitment to lifelong learning, professional
excellence, and the promise of a future best exemplifying Lesley's