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Division of Student Affairs

Our mission is to create a distinctive learning environment beyond the classroom designed for every student to connect, develop, and thrive.

Whether you are physically with us on campus, or joining us virtually from another location, we are here for you. Our dedicated team of staff is invested in ensuring that you are supported and have countless opportunities to maximize your Bentley experience.

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Notable Higher Education Staff Contributions

Awards

NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) Region I Program of the Year 2021
It's Time for Change: Racial Justice at Bentley
Ben Longstreth, Assistant Director of Strategic Projects and Jessica Kenerson, Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Planning

NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) Best National Program 2014
Choose OneLess (an evidenced-based, harm reduction, alcohol education program)
Jessica Traue, Director of Wellness and Prevention

Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) Outstanding Change Initiative Award 2021
Bentley University FSL Strategic Planning & Success

Doreen Floyd "It will be Fine Award" 2020
Kimberly Kerrigan
This award is presented annually to a member of the division who, facing unexpected adversity, persevered with a program or service and brought it to a positive conclusion.

Doreen Floyd "It will be Fine Award" 2021
Claudette Blot
This award is presented annually to a member of the division who, facing unexpected adversity, persevered with a program or service and brought it to a positive conclusion.

Massachusetts Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (MACLEA) Innovations in Community Policing Award 2021
Travis Rixford

Massachusetts Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (MACLEA) Ralph Avery Leadership Development Award 2021
Frank Bourgeois

Massachusetts Association of Women in Law Enforcement (MAWLE) Community Service Award 2021
Jessica Roche

Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners Nurse Practitioner Hero Award 2021
Jackie Burgoyne

Presentations

NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) National Conference 2022
Meeting the Moment: A Division's Journey Putting Racial Justice into Practice
Andrew Shepardson, Vice President and Dean of Students, Ben Longstreth, Assistant Director of Strategic Projects, Michael McCorvey, Director of the Multicultural Center, and Jessica Kenerson, Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Planning

NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) Senior Student Affairs Officer Institute Region I 2021
Leading through Change
Jessica Kenerson, Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Planning

Publications

Faculty on the Frontlines: Advice on approaching in-person teaching, finding resources on campus, recognizing signs of student distress, and conveying care and community, Marie Christie Institute Quadcast, October 2021  (Andrew Shepardson, Vice President and Dean of Students)  

Transforming Culture During the Pandemic:  Centering Racial Justice, NASPA Scott Academy Blog, October 2021 (Andrew Shepardson, Vice President and Dean of Students)  

Here’s Why My Approach To Gen Z Will Be Different From Millennials, NASPA Scott Academy Blog, June 2019 (Andrew Shepardson, Vice President and Dean of Students)  

So, What Can You Tell Me About My Son While He Is A Student At Your School, NASPA Scott Academy Blog, June 2018 (Andrew Shepardson, Vice President and Dean of Students)  

Why Varsity Athletics Should Be a Part of Student Affairs, NASPA Blog, August 2017 (Andrew Shepardson, Vice President and Dean of Students)  

Cultivating Talent, Spelman and Johnson Guest Blog, October 2017 (Andrew Shepardson, Vice President and Dean of Students)  

Professional Organization Involvement

Michelle Dabenigno, regional conference committee 2022, ACUI (formerly known as the Association of College Unions International)

Abby Pieger, regional conference committee 2022, ACUI (formerly known as the Association of College Unions International)

Andrew Shepardson, Chair (2021-present)/Board Member (2017-2021), James E. Scott Academy, NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education)

Andrew Shepardson, Director (2021-present), Marie Christie Institute