To me, arts, humanities and sciences are an essential part of any education, whether focused on business or on other disciplines. Many experts both in business and in academia, emphasize the importance of liberal arts for future success. Only well-informed, curious, and open-minded people can succeed in leadership roles — in business and in society. That is why Bentley University’s mission states it “changes the world” as it brings a transformative business education that is deliberately and strongly integrated with the arts, humanities and sciences.
The Jeanne and Dan Valente Center for Arts and Sciences exemplifies that. Over the years and with funds that include a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, our center developed a broad range of programming to support the arts, humanities, sciences and interdisciplinary fields of scientific inquiry. In collaboration with almost all academic departments, as well as Student Affairs, multiple student associations, and many other centers and offices on campus, the Valente Center offers a multitude of undergraduate research programs, seminars, events, screenings, exhibitions and other activities during the academic year. Every semester we invite many scholars and experts to campus. Some of our programming targets specific audiences and participants, such as students or faculty, but generally, we are glad extend a welcome to all our whole community and beyond.
Together with our campus partners and our Advisory Board, consisting of faculty, students and alumni, the Valente Center for Arts and Sciences will continue to improve what we are doing, while seeking to expand our programming, for instance in the fields of performing and visual arts.
Bio - Johannes (Hans) Eijmberts has worked with the Valente Center since he joined the Bentley faculty in 2013. Since then, he has shown a deep commitment to the center’s mission. He is dedicated to developing new opportunities for undergraduate research and student-centered programming and leadership development, in addition to expanding opportunities for all of the Bentley community to engage with the arts, humanities and sciences through educational, scholarly and cultural programs. Hans seeks to ensure that the Valente Center continues to play a pivotal role in foregrounding the arts, humanities and sciences in the overall intellectual and academic experience at Bentley University
Neelangi joined the Valente Center at Bentley University in 2019. Her career has involved being engaged in academia, international government and industry for 15 years. She brings her passion for education, administration and mentoring to Bentley University and has degrees in Communications from Illinois State University and Oklahoma State university. Neelangi's other passions involves her family, culinary arts and helping within her community.
Valente Center Advisory Board
The Valente Center’s advisory board meets twice a year, advises on programs and budget, and review faculty fellowship and student research assistant applications. The advisory board is made up of one representative from each arts and sciences department, and enables the center to transmit questions back to those departments for discussion. Membership is voluntary and rotating.
2020-2021 Advisory Board
Traci Abbott, English and Media Studies
Laure Astourian, Modern Languages
Ryan Bouldin, Natural and Applied Sciences
Alexandra Brown, Alumna
Sung-eun Choi, History
Dominique Haughton, Mathematical Sciences
Asbed Kotchikian, Global Studies
Mark McKew, Student
Jessica Payson, Philosophy
Kimia Pourshadi, Alumni
Jonathan White, Sociology and the Bentley Service-Learning Center