Skip to main content


Students laughing on campus

Access and Opportunity

Focus Area 4

students working at a table


  • Build a roadmap for broadening access to Bentley for a diverse set of learners.
  • Promote a sense of inclusion and equity across the campus so community members feel they belong to Bentley and Bentley belongs to them.

Selected Actions

  • Partner with local community organizations, community colleges and high schools to increase access for underrepresented students to a Bentley undergraduate degree.
  • Improve the on-campus experience of first-generation students and underrepresented populations at Bentley.
  • Create spaces to encourage interaction and engagement among faculty and staff, so they can discover mutual passions and form new networks.
  • Infuse well-being into the learning environment by focusing on community members’ physical, mental and emotional health.

Bringing the Plan to Life

Renovated Multicultural Center Lounge

Newly redesigned space gives community members of color a place to recharge and connect.

Rainbow Scholars

New program empowers LGBTQ+ student leaders to advocate for allyship and inclusion at Bentley.


Laura Young Headshot
Participating in the strategic planning process was inspiring. We have an opportunity to offer students a unique experience, but we also have the responsibility to ensure that all feel like valued members of the Bentley family. I’m enthusiastic about our prospects and look forward to seeing this vision unfold over the next decade.
Laura J. Young ’10
Associate Professor of Economics