To the Bentley Community,
On this day of healing, I wanted to reach out to our community. Like so many others in Greater Boston and around the nation, we were all shocked and saddened by the tragic events of Monday afternoon. Taking place only steps away from Bentley’s original footprint on Boylston Street, these senseless acts of violence have touched the lives of numerous members of Bentley’s community of students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends. Our healing thoughts and well wishes go out to all the victims, their families and everyone who has been impacted by these cowardly attacks.
Back on campus, the well-being of our community members remains our highest priority. We consider ourselves fortunate that, to the best of our knowledge, those students who were in Boston to watch the marathon did not sustain injuries. Unfortunately, a member of our university staff was injured as a result of one of the blasts. Thankfully, he received immediate medical attention and underwent surgery for shrapnel wounds in his hand and arm on Monday evening. He is already on the mend and we wish him a continued speedy and full recovery.
To ensure student safety in the immediate aftermath of the events, all resident assistants were asked to connect with their students and vice versa. Staff members from across the Division of Student Affairs were also available, and continue to be, to assist any student who is in need of support. Faculty and staff are supported by our HR team and our employee assistance program.
I want to sincerely thank all of those who provide this help and guidance to our community.
The horrific nature of these attacks certainly cannot be overstated, but neither can the sense of heartwarming pride that is derived from the resolute nature of those who consider themselves “Bostonians” — which includes many beyond the city’s limits. I am so proud that Bentley is part of this extended community, and of the signs of support that I have seen from members of our campus community. Many students and organizations are already developing their own outreach efforts. You can find information on those underway on our website here.
Once again, our thoughts and well wishes go out to everyone who has been affected by these violent acts.
Warmest personal regards,