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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion Team

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Katie Penn
Vice President, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Katie Penn, Ph.D. (pronouns: she/her/hers/herself/Dr.) has been a long-time member of the Bentley community where she has developed diversity-related learning opportunities across the university. A member of the Class of 1996, Katie has held numerous staff roles on campus including Assistant Provost of Diversity and Inclusion, Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Director of Admissions. As the leader of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Katie has provided vision, leadership and coordination for strategic institutional planning to ensure inclusive environments and equitable outcomes for all faculty, staff and students at Bentley. Her work has promoted an inclusive work and learning environment by supporting student- and employee-led initiatives, resource development and advocacy for affinity groups. Katie holds a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change program at Antioch University and holds an MBA with a concentration in Marketing from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and a B.S. in Economics and Finance from Bentley.

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Patrick Couillard Hale
Director, Diversity and Inclusion

Patrick Couillard Hale (pronouns: he/him/his/himself/Mr.) joined Bentley University in August 2021 as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Patrick brings years of higher education thought leadership and scholar-practitioner supporting organizations and individuals in their development of cultural competence and intelligence, as well as direct support and advocacy on behalf of historically underrepresented communities within and outside of higher education. In his role, Patrick provides leadership in strategic initiatives to foster and promote Inclusive Excellence across the University. Additionally, he serves as the leader of the Inclusive Excellence Council, which is charged with setting and implementing key strategic diversity, equity, and inclusion priorities to create institutional impact. Patrick received his Master of Science in Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University Bloomington and his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Matt Banks
Associate Director, Diversity and Inclusion

Matt Banks (pronouns: they/them/theirs/theirself/Mx.) currently serves as the Associate Director for Diversity and Inclusion at Bentley University. In this role, Matt develops and leads learning and development opportunities, dialogues and workshops for faculty and staff to build individual and collective capacity for justice, equity, diversity and inclusion work on Bentley’s campus. They also chair the LGBTQ+ Steering Committee and coordinate large university events, like the annual Rainbow Lunch and MLK Celebration. Prior to coming to Bentley, they served as the Coordinator for Multicultural Programs and LGBT Student Services at Missouri State University, where their work centered the experiences of queer, transgender, students of color, and students with disabilities. Matt holds a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Dramatic Arts from Rice University.

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Merle Bazile
Senior Program Assistant, Diversity and Inclusion

Merle Bazile (pronouns: she/her/hers/herself/Ms.) joined Bentley University in 2014 as the Sr. Program Assistant.  Her duties focus on organizing and supporting the many programs and events of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Prior to Bentley, Merle was Staff Assistant in the Office of the Dean at the Harvard Business School.  She provided support to the Dean, managing complex scheduling, and assisting with special projects including Commencement, Alumni Weekend, and Board of Directors meetings.  She left the Dean's Office to work in the Intellectual Property Department as a Permissions Coordinator at Harvard Business School Publishing (HBSP).  Merle worked closely with HBSP product groups, including the Harvard Business Review to determine and maintain permission policies and rights availability.  Before coming to Bentley, Merle was Executive Assistant to the Principal at the Angier Elementary School in Waban, Newton Massachusetts.  Merle holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Fitchburg State University and has completed one-year of graduate-level work toward a Master’s Degree in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Rosa Chhay
Strategic Initiatives Student Manager

Rosa Lakeena Chhay (pronouns: she/her/hers), is a first-generation student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Management with a concentration in Leadership. She is passionate about dismantling systemic barriers in the business world. Specializing in Boston, Massachusetts as a real estate agent, her commitment to fair housing and equitable policies shines through initiatives like the Breaking Barriers in Homeownership seminar, fostering inclusivity and access. As an inaugural facilitator for the First-Generation Leadership Experience on campus, Rosa guides students toward academic and personal success through mentorship and personal support. She currently serves as an ambassador for the Multicultural Center, where she facilitates cross-cultural understanding and amplifies diverse voices through dynamic programming and media forms, including the Blue Table Podcast. With dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Rosa aspires to catalyze transformative social change, breaking glass ceilings and paving the way for a more just and equitable future.