The Multicultural Center hosts a myriad of programs and groups for students of color, first generation students, and their allies. Below are some of our signature programs. Connect with our social media to see more of our programming along with programs from all over campus!
Class of 2022 - are you ready? The 2018 MOSAIC Experience is a pre-orientation program for first year (freshmen and transfer) students of color and their allies. Students move in on Monday, August 20th and participate in the program until the start of Orientation on Wednesday, August 22nd. The program allows first-year students of color and their allies to come campus before orientation to help get them acclimated to life at the university. Students are given tools for academic and personal success, and most importantly make meaningful connections as they bond as a community.
During the MOSAIC Experience, you will:
- Get tips on how to succeed academically and socially
- Explore Bentley services and resources
- Meet faculty, staff and administrators
- Network with Bentley alumni at special events and workshops
- Join the Peer2Peer mentorship program
Registration for the 2018 MOSAIC Experience is now open! Click HERE to register. Registration closes August 1st. Seats are limited so please register today!
For more information email Nina DeAgrela.
View our MOSAIC Experience photo gallery below!
The Peer2 Peer program pairs first year students with upperclassmen mentors to create a support system for navigating life at Bentley while promoting academic, personal, and social development.
Typically, mentees are first year students and mentors are juniors, with the relationship sustained throughout the mentee’s first two years at Bentley. Matches are made based on factors such as common personal interests, academic programs, and others. After completing the program, mentees then are able to become mentors for the incoming first-year class.
Students who have a mentor guiding them through their first year traditionally have received better grades in class, enter leadership positions quicker, and tend to be more academically, socially, and professionally prepared at Bentley and beyond!
How to Apply
Applications are now being accepted for both mentees and mentors. Click the links to apply online to be either mentee or a mentor. For more information, email Nina DeAgrela, Associate Director of the Multicultural Center.
Check the Peer2Peer Mentor and Mentee of the month here!
The Cultural Connectors are students who have been trained as facilitators to encourage effective dialogue across differences. The purpose of our facilitated dialogues is to improve communication, enhance curiosity, and move toward mutual understanding and respect around topics that can be difficult to discuss. If there are difficult dialogues that need to occur in your organization, on your floor, on your team, or anywhere else just fill out this form and we will be in touch with 2 facilitators to design the dialogue that your group needs or wants to have.
First Friday’s with the Multicultural Center helps connect students with resources on campus that can enhance their experience at Bentley, personally, professionally, and academically. Each First Friday program takes place on the first Friday of every month each semester. The program connects students with offices or professional staff who give students advice on success on campus and in professional endeavors.The ultimate goal is for students and staff to get to know one another and engage in conversation.
Here are some of our past First Friday events!
- Guest, Vice President and Dean of Students Andrew Shepardson
- Special Invite to the President's House
- Peer2Peer Information Session, Applying to be a Mentor
Stay tuned for the Spring 2018 lineup!
The Summer Transition Education Program (STEP) provides college admission support for high-potential students who may have faced academic, socioeconomic, or personal challenges beyond their control.
Its benefits include:
- Two free summer courses
- Monitoring of your academic progress
- Mentoring, academic advising and tutoring
- Counseling, support and referrals
- Networking and professional development opportunities
Get to know the STEP Class of 2019!
The Multicultural Center seeks to empower men and women through programs of enlightenment, enrichment, and fulfillment through various activities and discussions put on by various staff from across the campus. Throughout the year both the Men’s Group and Coming Full Circle (Women’s Group) meet individually and occasionally together each month for discussion groups and informational meetings. Both groups were created to have students interact with one another and to build a sense of community among each other and the Bentley community as a whole. Specifically:
Coming Full Circle (Women's Group)
Coming Full Circle consists of women faculty, staff, and students of color. Our goal is to allow college age young women to come together for fellowship, dialogue, social and professional networking. Coming Full Circle ( CFC) will build up presentation and leadership skill that will allow them to use these refined skills in the classroom, in organizations and the work place. Coming Full Circle will host their retreat this Fall! Applications for the retreat will be out early Fall!
For more information on Coming Full Circle, email Claudette Blot.
Mankind Movement (Men's Group)
The Mankind Movement consists of men faculty, staff, and students of color. Our goal is to develop a sense of community at Bentley by supporting and educating one another about life. The group meets biweekly and each meeting has a special discussion topic usually brought about by its very own members. Past topics include as relationship building, career development, time management, and more. Stay tuned for more information on the Mankind Movement Retreat also in the Fall!
For more information, email Michael McCorvey, Director of the Multicultural Center.
Open Call Conversations happen once a month in the Cultural Lounge (3rd Floor Student Center). These series of conversations are centered around current events and hot topics. Stay tuned for more information and a personal invitation by the MCC to join.
Some events from past semesters include:
- Open Call: Inside the Classroom
- Open Call: Getting really Involved
- Open Call: Transitioning Home
Here is the OCC Spring semester at a glance:
2/13 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Open Call: Healthy Relationships w/ Angela Giordano
2/28 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm Open Call: Traveling While Black & Brown w/ Nia DeYounge and Antonio Willis-Berry
4/26 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Open Call: The N-Word w/ Marcus Stewart
To schedule or participate in an Open Call Conversation as a faculty/staff, please contact Nina DeAgrela, Associate Director of the Multicultural Center.