Katie Lampley (pronouns: she/her/hers/herself/Mrs.) 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 is a doctoral student in the 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 BS in Economics and Finance from Bentley.
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.
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.
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.
Alexa Kim (pronouns: she/her/hers/herself/Ms.) is a senior at Bentley University studying marketing with a minor in management. She works as the Strategic Initiatives Intern for the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Alexa assists with the creation and delivery of strategic campus-wide initiatives that impact different constituent groups on campus. This includes, but is not limited to, event planning/promotion, content creation, and updating social media platforms. On campus, Alexa is a member of Alpha Phi Zeta Rho where she assists under the appointed board of marketing to further promote the chapter’s philanthropy of Women’s Heart Health. She is excited to utilize her experiences post-graduation, hoping to continue her career path in digital marketing.
Lauren West (pronouns: she/her/hers/herself/Ms.) is a senior at Bentley and has been working as the Office of Diversity & Inclusion’s Outreach & Development Intern since her sophomore year. Lauren manages the office’s Instagram page by creating and sharing educational and informative content to engage the greater Bentley community. She also assists with programs and events planning and overall outreach efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. On campus, Lauren is the president of Students for Sustainable Business, a Research Assistant at the Valente Center, and a member of the Environmental Justice Reading Group. Lauren is studying management and sustainability and hopes to continue to explore her passions of sustainability and DEI in her career after graduating.