Gender and LGBTQ Community
We welcome, value and support students of all gender identities and sexualities. And we’re always learning how we can build a more inclusive, informed and compassionate community.
Across campus, you’ll find ways to advance equality and model an open, respectful community.
Join a Group
Allies support LGBTQ students, faculty and staff at Bentley. We host ongoing Ally workshops to teach supporters how to help someone who’s coming-out and how to be powerful examples of equality, fairness, acceptance and mutual respect. Email Keriann Clinton to learn more or register for an Ally workshop.
Equity Center Educators (ECE) complete semester-long training to better understand gender-based violence and discrimination, and they act as referral agents for all students. ECEs also explore programs on gender roles, the hookup culture, Title IX and privilege.
LGBTQ-identifying faculty and staff meet for organized lunches and networking. Current or new employees who are interested in joining the network can email Katie Lampley for information.
Staff, faculty and students work together to provide support, programming, professional development, and advocacy for LGBTQ and allied members of the Bentley community. Their goal is to educate the community and create a more inclusive and welcoming climate. Email Katie Lampley for more information.
At Bentley, P.R.I.D.E. stands for People Respecting Individuality and Diversity through Education (PRIDE). It’s a student-led organization that provides support and social activities for Bentley’s LGBTQ community. All are welcome. Come as a friend, a member of the community or an ally. Email P.R.I.D.E. or the staff advisor, Ron Ardizzone, for upcoming schedules or information.
SAGE promotes the personal development and empowerment of women through open dialogue. Through this group, students advocate for gender equality and encourage understanding and acceptance across all genders. Members are available for support, to answer questions, or just to talk. Housed in the Equity Center, SAGE also has an extensive library on women’s and gender issues. For more information, email SAGE or follow the group’s
Plan or Attend an Event
Join Bentley at the annual Boston Pride Parade.
Brown Bag discussions are chances for faculty and staff to dive into topics affecting the LGBTQ community. The events are led by Human Resources and coordinated by the LGBTQ steering committee.
P.R.I.D.E sponsors an annual day of reflection as part of a national, student-led effort to create safe schools for people of every sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Learn more about the national Day of Silence movement.
P.R.I.D.E. hosts a campus-wide bingo event to educate the community about drag culture. Each year, a drag queen hosts several rounds of bingo around campus. The event introduces explains drag culture as an important subset of LGBTQ+ culture.
SAGE hosts a sex-positive program about the "big O." Participants learn about everything from multiple orgasms to that mysterious G-spot. The Female Orgasm addresses the topic with lots of humor, plenty of honesty, and an underlying message of sexual health and women's empowerment. To learn more about the program, visit the The Female Orgasm.
Annually, P.R.I.D.E. partners with the Residential Center to coordinate “Guess the Straight Person.” This program challenges stereotypes and pushes people to face them. A panel of faculty, staff and students answer daring questions to broaden thinking and debunk myths.
The annual Rainbow Luncheon is a celebration of the LGBTQ community at Bentley. Hosted by P.R.I.D.E., the event features keynote addresses by prominent national speakers and honors two Bentley individuals who make outstanding and courageous contributions toward a supportive and inclusive environment on campus.
P.R.I.D.E. organizes the “Reject Stereotypes, Accept People” campaign to debunk assumptions. Bentley students, faculty and staff are invited to share part of their identity, along with an element of their personality that contradicts commonly held stereotypes. For past examples, visit the Reject Stereotypes Facebook page.
Real Women, real interviews, real stories. The Vagina Monologues is a funny and powerful play about… well… vaginas! Each year, SAGE hosts the play at Bentley and recruits students, staff and faculty to perform monologues. The play addresses women’s sexuality, gender identity and sexual violence. To learn more about this program, visit Eve Ensler's website.
Men “walk the walk” and then “talk the talk” during this annual event hosted by the Equity Center Educators and the Greek Activity Council. Men walk a mile in high heels to bring awareness to sexual assault and gender-based violence.To learn more, visit Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.
The White Ribbon campaign was started by men to encourage all genders to end violence against girls and women. At Bentley, we task men with promoting gender equity, healthy relationships, and a new vision of masculinity. Each October, Equity Center Educators partner with our Athletics Department and Fraternity Life to highlight the campaign, distribute white ribbons, and offer additional education on intimate partner violence. To learn more, visit the White Ribbon Campaign website.
Get Help or Find More Information
All-Gender restrooms are available throughout campus. All-Gender facilities are identified by a toilet icon.
The Equity Center provides bulletin board templates for student leaders and staff members, including:
Campus Pride is a nonprofit organization that helps student leaders and campus groups create safer college environments for LGBTQ students. Campus Pride has resources, programs and services to support LGBTQ and ally students.
When you’re not feeling well or need someone to talk to, you can turn to Student Health at Bentley. We’re your medical home on campus, and we’re open to all full-time students, regardless of insurance.
Transgender, genderqueer and gender non-conforming students have a home at Bentley. Our Residential Center works to find a housing situation that is affirming and supportive of each student’s academic growth. If you would like to speak with someone about gender-inclusive housing options, email Kathryn Keyes.
Within the Boston area, there are a number of LGBTQ-supportive groups, bookstores, publications and congregations. Find local resources.
The Equity Center offers training and workshops in partnership with Bentley’s Title IX staff, the LGBTQ @Bentley Steering Committee, the Gender Studies Program, and our faculty and staff. Example training opportunities include:
Gender roles and stereotypes workshops
Hookup culture panels
One Love Foundation’s escalation workshop, which explores dating violence, domestic violence and healthy relationships)
Title IX training
Trans 101 training
To request a training or learn more, email the Equity Center.