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Bentley Celebrates Diversity during Rainbow Awards Luncheon


Bentley Celebrates Diversity during Rainbow Awards Luncheon

The Bentley community gathered together to celebrate its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer and questioning community during the annual Rainbow Luncheon. The popular event hosted by the group Bentley People Respecting Individuality and Diversity through Education (P.R.I.D.E.) featured a keynote address by Sharon Lettman-Hicks, executive director and chief executive officer of the National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering the Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

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 receive the Rainbow Award for:

  • Showing courage of conviction by taking a public stand in support of the LGBTQ population

  • Contributing in ways large and small to the humanizing of the Bentley campus in terms of respect and appreciation for inclusion
  • Showing a commitment to making Bentley more hospitable to LGBTQ people and a commitment to maintaining the ongoing effort for understanding and acceptance

This year’s Rainbow Award winners are Tony Martin, assistant director in the Residential Center and student Ali Kane ’13.

Martin was chosen for his ability to make real connections with others, start dialogues and build a strong sense of community. Martin has revamped aspects of the RA diversity training and has co-facilitated and co-emceed the “Guess the Straight Person” event held during Culture Fest. He is also part of the LGBTQ steering committee. 

Kane is Co-Vice President of P.R.I.D.E and is not afraid to have difficult conversations in the classroom or in the residence halls. She created the campus-wide ‘Reject Stereotypes, Accept People’ campaign, aimed at breaking down stereotypes and urging those on campus to accept others regardless of differences. She also performed, co-produced and collaborated

with P.R.I.D.E. and APO (??) to put on a production of the Laramie Project, a play about reaction to the 1998 murder of gay student Matthew Shepard.

The Rainbow Luncheon is sponsored by the President’s Office, LGTBQ@Bentley, Counseling & Student Development and P.R.I.D.E.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,200 full-time undergraduate, 82 part-time undergraduate, 1,000 graduate and 24 doctoral students. Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranks Bentley among the top 10 undergraduate business programs in the country. The Princeton Review’s Annual Best Colleges Guide names Bentley number one in the nation for career services and internship opportunities. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education.


by Meredith Mason  January 31, 2017

Princeton Review has ranked Bentley University the No. 1 college for internship opportunities in the United States as part of their 2017 edition of “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give you the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.”