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University Celebrates 5th Annual “Consent Day” Encouraging Students to “Keep Calm and Talk First”
As part of a university-wide effort to prevent sexual violence and continue to promote community safety and wellness, Bentley staff and students recently hosted the fifth annual “Consent Day.”
On April 11th in the Back Bay Rooms, in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month and in partnership with Residential Life, more than 20 student organizations along with faculty and staff joined forces to address this important issue. More than 400 student attendees came together to promote healthy communication, respect and an understanding of consent between romantic partners. “It’s impressive how the community embraces this event each year,” said Jessica Greher Traue, senior assistant director for wellness. “Students truly enjoy how Consent Day provides a positive approach and a safe environment to explore a very complicated and sensitive topic.”
As part of the day, both students and visitors had the chance to participate in various activities that included “Consensual Twister,” “50 Shades of Not Grey,” “Partner May I,” and signing a banner representing their commitment to sexual consent. Students who participated in at least eight activities were eligible for a free t-shirt.
Consent Day participants were also encouraged to join the Bentley Women’s Center to be part of “Take Back the Night,” a rally for community members to take a stand against domestic and sexual abuse.
For more information on Consent Day and other health and wellness initiatives on campus, please visit the Bentley Health and Wellness Center.
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. 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.
In the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings of America’s Best Colleges 2017, Bentley University is ranked #3 among “Best Regional Universities - North.”