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Student Affairs Inclusion and Diversity

Student Affairs Diversity and Inclusion Committee Mission

The Student Affairs Inclusion and Diversity Committee seeks to create an inclusive environment to enable authenticity and full workplace engagement by providing the tools and opportunities to increase awareness and respect for all identities.

We will accomplish this mission by increasing competency in these areas:

Bias Recognition
Support individuals as we work to identify, recognize, and acknowledge our own biases.

Storytelling
Encourage each other to contribute our personal narratives and reflect upon how these shape our worldviews.

Perspective Taking
Foster opportunities to better understand the thoughts, feelings, desires, motivations, and intentions of our colleagues.

Our Commitment to Diversity

Diversity is critical to the University's mission of educating creative, ethical, and socially responsible business leaders. The verdict is clear (documented in Forbes, BusinessWeek, and Bloomberg) that a diversity of thought, grasp of social issues, and value of social identities are qualities that set leaders—and companies—apart from one another. As a place-based institution, having a diverse and inclusive community is critical to students feeling welcome and safe on campus. Through the meaningful diverse interactions that they have within our community, students become better prepared for the world beyond Bentley.

As we approached the 2016-2017 academic year, we formed a Diversity and Inclusion Committee to address the climate in the division and plot a way forward.  We encourage students to have conversations around difference but do not always role model how to do it effectively.  The goal of our committee is to provide all staff in the division resources for education, opportunities for reflection, and lists of on-campus events to attend in order to increase foundational competencies and expand each staff member’s capacity for this work.

Since the beginning of the fall 2016 semester, we have set a goal that each member of the division, over the course of a year, will spend 5-10% of their time focused on diversity and inclusion efforts.  Some of the ways that we are helping staff members accomplish this are listed below.

 

Diversity and Inclusion at Bentley

At Bentley University, diversity is everyone’s responsibility. Fulfilling our mission as an institution depends on the ability of everyone in our community becoming more competent in dealing with people who seem different from us. Formal responsibility for coordination of university-wide diversity-related programs and activities at Bentley is located in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Many other departments, centers, offices, and organizations at Bentley contribute to improving the diversity climate through varied and persistent efforts. Programs and Initiatives are consistently underway across the campus with the aim of ensuring that all members of the Bentley community feel welcomed here.

More information can be found here: https://www.bentley.edu/about/diversity-matters-bentley-university

 

Staff Spotlight

Andrew Shepardson, Vice-President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students, on why diversity matters to him:

Diversity is critical to the University's mission of educating creative, ethical, and socially responsible business leaders. The verdict is clear (documented in Forbes, BusinessWeek, and Bloomberg) that a diversity of thought, grasp of social issues, and value of social identities are qualities that set leaders— and companies—apart from one another. As a place-based institution, having a diverse and inclusive community is critical to students feeling welcome and safe on campus. Through the meaningful diverse interactions that they have within our community, students become better prepared for the world beyond Bentley.

The student goal in the strategic framework states: Ensure that all students engage in diverse interactions by increasing opportunities to do so and by providing an inclusive environment conducive to living and learning. As a division, we have identified three key elements to help us achieve this strategy—implement a divisional development program designed to prepare all staff members to be leaders in this area, support all students who bring diversity to our campus, and develop programs for all students to engage in meaningful diverse interactions.