The Way Forward

Over the past 18 months, we have all lived lifetimes. The pandemic has tested us in ways we couldn’t have imagined. And our country has been tested as well—by deep political divisions and persistent societal inequities and injustices. The costs have been steep for most; for far too many, they’ve been incalculable. Talk with members of the Suffolk community who’ve been in the thick of these challenges, and you’ll find they are absolutely determined to take everything that the past year and a half taught them and use it to make something better. As Gabriella Priest, BS ’06, MSCJ ’09, puts it: “Change is hard. But this past year has made people recognize that change is needed now.” And change is already happening. On the following pages, you’ll meet Suffolk alumni, faculty members, and students who are working in healthcare, in racial justice, in politics, and in hot restaurant kitchens. They are charting the way forward. They are working to build a safer, more equitable future for all.


Karen DeSalvo 

Converting Crisis Into Lasting Change

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.

Jeanette Clough 

‘We Can’t Let Down Our Guard’

Longtime healthcare CEO Jeanette Clough, MHA ’96, HDBA ’11, says to put COVID-19 behind us, we must first learn the lessons it is teaching us

David Langer 

Reading, Writing, And Stress Management

Psychology Professor David Langer says student mental health should be part of the curriculum

Vial of COVID vaccine and needle atop a COVID vaccination card 

An Education in Vaccine Distribution

Over the past year, grad student Emma Feeley, MPA ’22, has gotten a double dose of experiential learning

Racial Equity

Jessica Graham-LoPresti 

Healing Racial Trauma

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

Gabriella Priest  

Reforming Criminal Justice

Gabriela Priest, BS ’06, MSCJ ’09, is amplifying the voices of people impacted by the criminal justice system

Person walking in front of Boston sign at night 

How to Build an Anti-racist Government

Suffolk students help one of Boston’s most innovative offices address the challenge

Alexandra Onuoha 

Protecting Black Women From ‘Misogynoir’

Psychology PhD student Alexandria Onuoha’s work at the intersection of social justice and mental health

Politics + Hospitality

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

Elizabeth Kelleher 

Championing Voting Rights

The best response to new voting restrictions is more voter education and outreach, says Elizabeth Kelleher, BA ’13

 Stephanie Everett 

Suffolk at the Center of Police Reform

Stephanie Everett, JD ’08, is leading Boston’s Police Accountability Office

Brian Conley 

Democracy and Disinformation

Professor Brian Conley examines the impact of ‘propaganda feedback loops’ in the 2020 election

Elena Llaudet 

Demystifying Data

How Professor Elena Llaudet is fighting misinformation by converting the math-averse into data experts


Rethinking the Restaurant Industry

The pandemic hurt low-wage, hard-working employees—and showed employers it doesn’t have to be that way

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