Suffolk University Magazine: Fall 2021

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Student processional Commencement 2021

Graduation Never Seemed So Good

When it came time to celebrate the Classes of 2020 and 2021, Suffolk hit it out of the park—and not just any park. On May 22-23, Boston’s quintessential downtown university held its six Commencement ceremonies in one of Boston’s most iconic landmarks, Fenway Park, awarding more than 4,000 undergraduate and advanced degrees (including to College of Arts & Sciences student marshals Vanessa Mondre, left, and Alexandria Rivard). Photograph by Michael J. Clarke

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COVID-19 exposed deep health disparities in the U.S. and around the world. As Google’s chief health officer, Dr. Karen DeSalvo, BA ’88, HDHL ’10, HDCS ’21, is working to close them.
Photograph by Peter Prato, taken at Google Headquarters

The Way Forward

Suffolk experts weigh in on how everything we’ve lived through is changing how we live—in healthcare, racial equity, politics, and hospitality

Jessica Graham-LoPresti

Healing Racial Trauma

Helping communities of color heal also means helping society cause less harm, says Psychology Professor Jessica Graham-LoPresti

Tim Phillips

Meeting in the Middle

In an Us vs. Them era, Tim Phillips, BS ’83, HDHL ’18, remains an uncompromising believer in our capacity for change

Meet more Suffolk leaders charting The Way Forward

10 Under 10

Saluting some of Suffolk’s best, brightest, and boldest grads — our 10 Under 10 Alumni honorees, 2012-2021

Shaun Stimpson

Shaun Stimpson

The wealth manager turned entrepreneur leaves no stone unturned in his search to buy a business

Crystal Chandler

Crystal Chandler

The media company owner trains her ‘Crystal Lens’ on two timely issues: mental health and racial justice

Meet more of our 10 Under 10 Alumni honorees


marissa Kelly 

Letter From the President

In the midst of challenging times, says President Marisa Kelly, our way forward is together

The Rosenberg's 

Call It a Call to Action

Alumnus Richard Rosenberg hopes his $3 million gift to endow a technology apprenticeship program will spur other alumni to find their own ways to give back

The Levenbaum's 

Giving Self-Starters a Head Start

Judy and Warren Levenbaum, JD ’72, commit $1 million to help prepare Suffolk Law students to launch their own firms


Dave Merry 

Making Equity Job No. 1

Dave Merry on how Suffolk is re-envisioning its career services program to build more inclusive workplaces

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Living Through History

Suffolk archivists and historians are capturing a real-world record of our lives during COVID-19

Rebecca Stone 

Confronting Two Epidemics

Sociology Professor Rebecca Stone is pioneering new ways to help women in rural Vermont with both opioid addiction and domestic violence

Sandy Matava 

Leading the Way in Public Service

Sawyer Business School’s certificate programs strengthen communities and give public service professionals new access to a master’s degree

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The Pandemic’s Effects on Women Around the World

Sawyer Business School marketing students uncover COVID-19’s global toll on women’s mental health

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How One Woman Vaccinated Her Village

Suffolk Professor Jeremy Levine’s documentary has been featured in The New Yorker and on MSNBC

Nancy Stoll 

A Wave of Enthusiasm

Suffolk University Retired Friends—better known as SURF—keeps connections strong between the University and retired faculty and staff

Sargent Hall 

New Scholarship Opens Doors

New initiative provides scholarships to HBCU graduates and first-generation college students from Massachusetts and Rhode Island


Amy Zeng 

Dean’s Cabinet Members

Sawyer Business School Dean Amy Zeng salutes the schools most loyal benefactors

Joe Melville 

Young Alumni Donors

Supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs

Hind Habbach 

Class Notes

Professional and personal milestones from Suffolk alumni


A Squirrel 

Those Darn Squirrels

Humans aren’t the only ones who have learned to social distance

Emmie Daswani 

From Good Intentions to Good Deeds

Student Emmie Daswani launched The Concept Project to raise money and awareness for social causes

Vincent Douglass 

'To Gather Apart'

In a time of unparalleled isolation, Suffolk theatre students and writer-director Nael Nacer, BA ’06, collaborated on an award-winning play about the power of connection

Katrina Graham 

Pandemic Pedagogy

How Sawyer Business School faculty are turning COVID-19 challenges into new teaching strategies

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