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Programs and Initiatives

Brown Bag Lunch Series

SAGE and the Gender Studies Program host a monthly informal discussion on a relevant issue regarding gender equality. These forums bring together any interested Bentley students, faculty, and staff with lunches or snacks usually provided and are facilitated by a variety of Bentley staff and faculty on recent topics, such as the impact of social media, news coverage of sexual assault, and intersectional identities in the workplace. 

Day of Silence and Breaking the Silence Dinner

Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. From the first-ever Day of Silence at the University of Virginia in 1996, to the organizing efforts in over 8,000 middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities across the country in 2008, its textured history reflects its diversity in both numbers and reach.

P.R.I.D.E sponsors this program every April and offers t-shirts for participants. The Day of Silence culminates with the Breaking the Silence Dinner, during which P.R.I.D.E. offers members of campus with the opportunity to reflect on the purpose of the day and create a dialogue around safe and inclusive environments.

To learn more about this program, visit the Day of Silence Page

The Female Orgasm

SAGE hosts this sex-positive program, during which audience members laugh and learn about the "big O." Participants learn about everything from multiple orgasms to that mysterious G-spot. The Female Orgasm covers it all with lots of humor, plenty of honesty, and an underlying message of sexual health and women's empowerment.

To learn more about this program, visit the Female Orgasm page.

Guess the Straight Person

P.R.I.D.E. partners with the Residential Center to coordinate “Guess the Straight Person.” This program is designed to challenge the stereotypes surrounding LGBTQ individuals and conscientiously pushes people to face these stereotypes, which, more often than not, are inconsistent with reality.  Each year a panel of faculty, staff, and students take part in answering participants daring questions with a goal of opening up minds and debunking myths.

The Rainbow Luncheon

The annual Rainbow Luncheon is a celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) community at Bentley University. The popular event is hosted by P.R.I.D.E. and features keynote addresses by prominent national speakers.

The luncheon puts the spotlight on Bentley individuals who make outstanding contributions to the safety and well-being of Bentley’s LGBTQ community and also to educating the overall community in order to foster a supportive and inclusive environment on campus. Every year two people are recognized at the event with a Rainbow Award for demonstrating courage of conviction by taking a public stand in support of the LGBTQ population and commitment to the ongoing effort for understanding and acceptance on campus

Reject Stereotypes, Accept People Campaign

In an attempt to debunk the various assumptions that pervade our culture, P.R.I.D.E. organizes the Reject Stereotypes, Accept People Campaign. This initiative welcomes Bentley students, faculty, and staff to share part of their identity, along with an element of their personality that contradicts commonly-held stereotypes associated with that identity.  

To see previous posts from the Reject Stereotypes, Accept People Campaign, visit the Facebook page.

Take Back the Night

SAGE and the Equity Center Educators collaborate to organize Take Back the Night at Bentley. This event offers a safe space for survivors of sexual violence with the goal of ending sexual assault and relationship abuse. Take Back the Night often includes vigils, marches, speakers, and performances, all of which raise awareness around the topics of sexual, relationship, and dating violence.

To learn more about this event, visit the Take Back the Night Foundation’s Facebook page.

Vagina Monologues

Real Women, real interviews, real stories. The Vagina Monologues is a funny, powerful, and meaningful play about...well...vaginas! Each year, SAGE hosts the play at Bentley and recruits students, staff, and faculty to perform the monologues. The play covers an array of topics, including women’s sexuality, gender identity, and sexual violence.

To learn more about this program, visit the Vagina Monologues tab on Eve Ensler's site.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

The Equity Center Educators and Greek Activity Council collaborate to host Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event on Bentley’s campus. The event serves to raise awareness of sexual assault and gender-based violence, and it is an engaging initiative that brings levity to a very serious topic. Specifically, this event tasks men to walk a mile in high heels, and the program applies a lens of performance art to showcase how men and all genders can deepen the dialogue surrounding rape culture.

To learn more about this event, visit the Walk a Mile page.

White Ribbon Campaign

The White Ribbon Campaign is a movement started by men that encourages participation from all genders to end violence against girls and women. At Bentley, we task men with promoting gender equity, healthy relationships, and a new vision of masculinity. Each October, the Equity Center Educators partners with our Athletics Department and Fraternity Life to highlight the campaign, distribute white ribbons, and offer additional education regarding intimate partner violence.

To learn more about this event, visit the White Ribbon Campaign page.