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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.

Support From the Provost

I've dedicated much of my personal and professional life to topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I). As Provost, my goal is to transform the division of Academic Affairs into an organization that prioritizes equity and justice. This will require ongoing effort from each and every one of us, and I challenge us to consider how DE&I perspectives can be included in all dimensions of our work.

The DE&I strategic plan describes our efforts for improving Academic Affairs. It is a living document, and we welcome your feedback. Please continue to check this page for updates, additional information, and resources. Thank you for your partnership on this important work.

Strategic Priority Highlight

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New Associate Dean of DE&I

Marcus Stewart jumped into the Associate Dean of DE&I role on July 1, 2021. Marcus is an associate professor of management with 18 years on the faculty at Bentley, and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on leadership, workplace diversity, organizational change, human resource management, and organizational behavior. Marcus earned his doctoral degree in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and he is double Falcon, having earned an MBA ('95) and BS ('92) at Bentley. Through this new administrative role, Marcus will focus his efforts initially on priorities related to faculty recruitment, hiring, and development.

Contact Information

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

(781) 891-2155