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Student Affairs

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Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs

The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (OVPSA) is responsible for creating frameworks, policies, and processes that are used by all departments in the division to deliver an innovative and transformative experience for our undergraduate students.  In addition, OVPSA staff ensures that divisional initiatives continue to extend learning outside-of-the-classroom and create a sense of connection and belonging for every undergraduate student.  

Staff members

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J. Andrew Shepardson Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students
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Jessica Kenerson
Director of Strategic Planning/Chief of Staff
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Benjamin Longstreth
Assistant Director of Strategic Projects, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Divisional Strategic Initiatives

BentleyPlus

Students can get the most out of their Bentley experience by strategically developing their competencies and learning how to market themselves to future employers

Equity and Inclusion

The Division of Student Affairs understands our important role in creating a more equitable and just community.

COVID-19 Response

The Division of Student Affairs has been critical partners in the institutional return-to-campus efforts.

Elevating Student Voices

Providing opportunities for student feedback and centering that feedback in decision-making is central to the operations of the Division of Student Affairs.

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)  

Navigating Covid19:  A Roundtable on the Evolution of Student Affairs in a Pandemic, Leadership Exchange, 18(3), 28-32,  Fall 2020 (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

COVID-19 Response

The Division of Student Affairs has been critical partners in the institutional return-to-campus efforts.  In addition to daily meetings with divisional leadership, many members of Student Affairs are on the Return-to-Campus Task Force, which has ensured that we are using an intentional and collaborative approach as we address the challenges and opportunities presented to us as we return to an operational on-campus experience for staff, faculty, and students.

Every department in the division has been affected by COVID-19 in innumerable ways.  Below is a snapshot of how divisional areas have pivoted during the public health crisis:

Athletics

  • Developed and executed a return-to-play document to ensure compliance with the NCAA and the safety of our 500+ student-athletes
  • Continued regular outreach to student-athletes to ensure that they were connected and engaged throughout remote and hybrid environments

Health, Counseling, and Wellness

  • Created and managed the screening test site that conducted 45,000+ tests between mid-August and mid-November
  • Managed clinical care and follow up for COVID positive student cases

Engagement

  • Increased the number of engagement opportunities (318 total with over 40 being in-person) for students from the same time last fall
  • Managed student organization membership to keep students involved from anywhere in the world (906 active executive board members this fall with general members being part of an average of two organizations this term)

Residential Center, Care, and Conduct

  • Managed the housing inventory to be in compliance with state guidelines as well as changes with assignments throughout the isolation and quarantine moves
  • Communicated with students and families through contact tracing efforts and isolation and quarantine support

Student Equity and Inclusion

  • Communicated with international students as guidelines continue to evolve and impact their ability to remain in the country because of COVID concerns
  • Transitioned programs online to support marginalized students with hybrid access and connection to campus

University Police

  • Supported the quarantine and isolation process by transporting students to another residential assignment and delivering care packages
  • Partnered with Athletics and Student Programs & Engagement to support off campus residents comply with state guidance