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DE&I Strategic Plan

A Spirit of Action and Commitment

The members of Academic Affairs have long been motivated to create and foster teaching and learning spaces that foster excellence.  In the summer of 2020, we, like many other colleges and universities in the U.S., acknowledged that we could do more to grow as a just and equitable organization. This acknowledgement, along with a spirit of action and commitment, led us to engage in a year-long strategic planning process focused on improving diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) within Academic Affairs.  Faculty, staff, students and alumni were invited to provide feedback on the development of this strategic plan.

This page is dedicated to providing information and updates on the DE&I strategic plan.  To see the full plan, please click on the strategic planning presentation below. The purpose of the strategic plan is to eliminate the structures and systems that impede Bentley's promise to create learning environments that support all students, staff, and faculty. We have identified three overarching goals related to DE&I that focus on leadership and accountability, faculty and staff hiring and development, and the student learning experience. Within each of these goal areas, there are several strategic priorities that will be carried out by all members of Academic Affairs.

Strategic Priority Highlight

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Bentley Admits Second Cohort for FPF

FirstGen Presidential Fellows (FPF) is a prestigious leadership-development program for first-generation students. In addition to being "first-generation," which we define as any student whose parents/guardians have not completed a four-year degree in the US, the FPF program is designed specifically for students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups (including Black, African American, Hispanic and Native American) and high economic need families. The fellows are engaged in an array of offerings to develop academically, professionally and personally, including: a cohort experience that builds bonds with other students; a mentorship program with first-generation Bentley alumni; and custom workshops about how to navigate college, create community, and design a successful and meaningful life. Graduates of this program leave Bentley with greater self-awareness and advanced abilities to collaborate, communicate and problem-solve. Admittance to FPF comes with a full scholarship.

Contact Information

Please contact the Office of the Provost with any questions, comments or feedback.

(781) 891-2155