Bentley Civic Leadership Program
Thank you for visiting the homepage for the Bentley Civic Leadership Program (BCLP) — your place to discover how Bentley can assist you in becoming a socially responsible and civically engaged leader. The program is run and developed by students for students, in close collaboration with Bentley’s Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility, the Bentley Service-Learning Center, and the Office of Student Life.
GRADUATION PLEDGE ALLIANCE
The BCLP serves as Bentley’s Chapter of the Graduation Pledge Alliance. Started at Humboldt State University (California), the Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility asks students to "pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job [they] consider and … try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which [they] work." The pledge operates at three levels:
- students making choices about their employment;
- schools educating about values and citizenship rather than only knowledge and skills; and
- the workplace and society being concerned about more than just the bottom line.
A key aspect of the Pledge Program is that students define for themselves what it means to be socially and environmentally responsible.
For the past decade, the Graduation Pledge Program was coordinated at Manchester College (Indiana), but beginning with the 2007-2008 academic year, the national headquarters of the Pledge is now housed at Bentley as part of its Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility. Students at more than 100 colleges and universities have taken the pledge (see the “Other Resources” section for sample pledge sites).
The BCLP builds on and modifies this pledge to fit the orientation and ideals of a national leader in business education. The Bentley program is focused on three main areas:
- Campus Involvement: designed to help students understand the importance of getting involved in their immediate community.
- Civic Engagement: intended to facilitate student appreciation of the importance of the greater community, which includes aspects of political participation, cultural awareness, and service with an emphasis on experiences that lie outside of Bentley.
- Ethical and Socially Responsible Behavior: designed for students to realize the importance of ethics and social responsibility in their lives, striving for exemplary behavior, being a role model, and being active and responsible individuals.
Graduating seniors who have taken part in the program will be asked to take the following pledge:
“I _____ pledge to continue my role as a civic leader by carrying on the Bentley tradition of ethics, service, social responsibility, and sustainability as an active member of the organizations in which I work and the communities in which I live.”
INSTITUTIONALIZATION AT BENTLEY
The BCLP is the student partnership in Bentley’s Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility (BAESR), which was formally launched in January 2004. The mission of the alliance is to amplify and extend the work of the autonomous centers and initiatives on campus, supporting and encouraging greater awareness of, respect for and commitment to ethics, service and social responsibility in our research, curricula and campus culture. Its underlying goal is to create a cohesive and integrative approach to instilling these ideals throughout the campus community. BCLP is intended to serve as a way of actively involving students in BAESR.
In addition to BCLP’s partnership with BAESR and the Graduation Pledge Alliance, the program heavily relies on support from the Bentley Service-Learning Center and the Division of Student Affairs, which help to guide students through the process of developing into civic leaders. Students also have the opportunity to work closely with the Center for Career Services staff to help market themselves to future employers by way of their e-portfolios, developed in cooperation with Bentley’s Management Information Systems (MIS) Department.
By becoming a part of BCLP, you will have access to a wealth of seminars, academic guidance, and many other supportive tools and opportunities to help you develop into a civic leader engaged in tomorrow’s business world.
If you have questions or need clarification on any aspect of the program, please contact us at BCLP@bentley.edu. We look forward to hearing from and working with you!
For those interested in becoming part of the Bentley Civic Leadership Program, please send an email to BCLP@bentley.edu with “JOIN” in the subject line. Please include your name, class, major course of study, telephone and email address.
We are looking forward to hearing from you and to working with you as part of the BCLP initiative.