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ALANA Experience

Class of 2021 - are you ready? The 2017 ALANA Experience Program takes place late August and allows first-year ALANA students to come campus before orientation to help get them acclimated to life at the university. Students are given tools for academic and personal success, and most importantly make meaningful connections as they bond as a community.

During the ALANA Experience, you will:

  • Get tips on how to succeed academically and socially
  • Explore Bentley services and resources 
  • Meet faculty, staff and administrators
  • Network with Bentley ALANA alumni at special events and workshops
  • Join the Peer2Peer mentorship program

Registration is for the 2017 program will reopen late May, 2017.

For more information email Nina DeAgrela.

View our gallery of photos below!


Formerly known as the ALANA Student Advancement Program (ASAP), we pair first year students upperclassmen mentors to create a support system for navigating life at Bentley and promoting academic, personal, and social development.

Typically, mentees are first year students and mentors are juniors, with the relationship sustained throughout the mentee’s first two years at Bentley. Matches are made based on factors such as common personal interests, academic programs, and others. After completing the program, mentees then are able to become mentors for the incoming freshman class.

Students who have a mentor guiding them through their first year traditionally have received better grades in class, enter leadership positions quicker, and tend to be more academically, socially, and professionally prepared at Bentley and beyond!

How to Apply

Applications are now being accepted for both mentees and mentors. Click the links to apply online to be either mentee or a  mentor. For more information, email Nina DeAgrela, Assistant Director of the Multicultural Center or Kyrra White, the peer2Peer Student Coordinator.

Check out last semester's Mentor and Mentee of the month here!

 First Fridays with the Multicultural Center

Through our First Friday’s with the Multicultural Center we seek to connect students with the resources on campus that can help to enhance their education at Bentley. Each First Friday program takes place on the first Friday of every month each semester. The program connects students with offices or professional staff who give students advice on success on campus and in professional endeavors.The ultimate goal is for students and staff to get to know one another and faciliate conversation.    

Summer Transition Education Program

The Summer Transition Education Program (STEP) provides college admission support for high-potential students who may have faced academic, socioeconomic, or personal challenges beyond their control.  

Its benefits include:

  • Two free summer courses
  • Monitoring of your academic progress
  • Mentoring, academic advising and tutoring
  • Counseling, support and referrals
  • Networking and professional development opportunities

For more information look at the Summer Transition Education Program (STEP) page or email Claudette Blot.

Get to know the STEP Class of 2019!

 Men/Women's Group 

The Multicultural Center seeks to empower men and women through programs of enlightenment, enrichment, and fulfillment through various activities and discussions put on by various staff from across the campus. Throughout the year both the Men’s Group and Coming Full Circle (Women’s Group) meet individually and occasionally together each month for discussion groups and informational meetings. Both groups were created to have students interact with one another and to build a sense of community among each other and the Bentley community as a whole. Specifically:

Coming Full Circle (Women's Group)  

Coming Full Circle consists of women faculty, staff, and students of color. Our goal is to allow college age young women to come together for fellowship, dialogue, social and professional networking.  Coming Full Circle ( CFC) will build up presentation and leadership skill that will allow them to use these refined skills in the classroom, in organizations and  the work place. Coming Full Circle will host their retreat Friday, November 4th - Sunday, November 6th, 2016. Fill out Coming Full Circle Retreat Application if you're interested in participating.

For more information on Coming Full Circle, email Claudette Blot.

Mankind Movement (Men's Group)


The Mankind Movement consists of men faculty, staff, and students of color.  Our goal is to develop a sense of community at Bentley by supporting and educating one another about life.  The group meets biweekly and each meeting has a special discussion topic usually brought about by its very own members. Past topics include as relationship building, career development, time management, and more. The Mankind Movement will hold annual retreat this year Friday, November 4th - Sunday, November 5th, 2016. To apply to participate in the retreat, click HERE.

For more information, email Michael McCorvey, Director of the Multicultural Center.