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LGBTQ @ Bentley


Bentley University strives to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of the LGBTQ community and their allies.  Our campus fosters an atmosphere that values and supports all individuals no matter their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.  Through cross departmental collaborations, educational programming and workshops, the Bentley community dedicates itself to openness and mutual respect for all. 

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For More Information Regarding University Diversity Initiatives Check Out The Office of Diversity and Inclusion

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The LGBTQ Steering/Action Committee (Faculty and Staff)

The LGBTQ @Bentley Steering Committee is comprised of staff, faculty, and students who provide support, programming, professional development, and advocacy for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) and allied members of the Bentley University community. Through ongoing initiatives, the committee works to educae the campus community in order to create a more inclusive and welcoming climate for LGBTQ individuals and their allies.  Please email Tony Martin at for more information. 

The Equity Center (All) 

Located on the 3rd floor of the Student Center, The Equity Center provides a safe space for students who seek to create a more inclusive, informed, and compassionate community. This resource center promotes an ethos of leadership focused on social justice and provides campus-wide workshops, dialogues, and programs for students, faculty, and staff.  We welcome all members of campus to this space and strive to develop leaders who celebrate gender, sexuality, and their intersection with other dimensions of identity. Please email Alex Hirs at for more information. 

P.R.I.D.E. (Students)

People Respecting Individuality and Diversity through Education (PRIDE) is a student organization that provides support and social activities for the Bentley University gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. PRIDE was created to promote awareness of social and political concerns of its members and life at Bentley. It is also dedicated to raising awareness of the GLBT community at the university. All are welcome to attend meetings. Come as a friend, member of the community, or an ally showing support. Meetings vary in order to promote convenience for the members. Please email or the P.R.I.D.E staff advisor, Ron Ardizzone at for more information. 

LGBTQ Affinity Network (Faculty and Staff)

A network of LGBTQ identifying faculty and staff across campus who come together for organized set of lunches and networking opportunities.  This group is designed to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere for faculty and staff who identify somewhere on the LGBTQ spectrum.  Current or new employees to the university who are interested in being a part of the network, please email Tony Martin at for upcoming events and lunches.  

Ally Workshops (All)

Ally workshops are provided to both Faculty/Staff and students.  Those looking to be added to the University Ally list can check out our Ally section of the website, or contact Jamie Bang,

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Learn More 

Check out our resources tab for more information on All Gender Restroom options,  Domestic Partner Benefits for faculty and staff, residential opportunties, health and wellness resources, and more. 

Take Part

Bentley Offers a host of programming opportunities geared to raising awareness and visibility of LGBTQ topics across campus.  Stayed tuned for updates via email and social media on the following annual Traditions. 

The Rainbow Luncheon

The annual Rainbow Lunch is a celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) community at Bentley University. The popular event is hosted by the group Bentley People Respecting Individuality and Diversity through Education (P.R.I.D.E.) and features keynote addresses by prominent national speakers.

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 are recognized at the event with a Rainbow Award for demonstrating courage of conviction by taking a public stand in support of the LGBTQ population and commitment to the ongoing effort for understanding and acceptance on campus

Guess the Straight Person

“Guess the Straight Person” is designed to challenge the stereotypes surrounding LGBTQ individuals. It conscientiously pushes people to face these stereotypes, which, more often than not, are inconsistent with reality.  Each year a panel of faculty, staff and students take part in answering participants daring questions with a goal of opening up minds and debunking myths.

The Day of Silence

Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. From the first-ever Day of Silence at the University of Virginia in 1996, to the organizing efforts in over 8,000 middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities across the country in 2008, its textured history reflects its diversity in both numbers and reach.  

Each year P.R.I.D.E  sponsors tshirts and reflection for the entire Bentley community.  

Brown Bag Discussions - Register Here

Brown Bag discussions give members of the Bentley community and opportunity to dialogue on a number of topics LGBTQ related.  Sponsored Human Resources and coordinated by the LGBTQ steering committee, these discussions offer faculty and staff an opportunity to learn from each other.  Past brown bag topics include: The Intersectionality of Race and Sexual Orientation, Making our campus more Trans* inclusive, and impacts of Title IX on LGBTQ Individuals on a College Campus.

Boston Pride Parade

Join members of the Bentley University community at the annual Boston Pride Parade.