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Gender and Sexuality Student Programs

Preparing Inclusive Leaders

Gender and Sexuality Student Programs provides a welcoming and supportive environment for all students to engage with topics of gender and sexuality. We offer educational programs, dialogues, and campus-wide workshops to create a more inclusive, informed, and compassionate community. We welcome all members of campus and strive to develop inclusive student leaders who celebrate gender, sexuality, and their intersection with other dimensions of identity.

Signature Programs

Student Equity and Inclusion Fellowship

A spring semester program that offers real-world leadership preparation through an exploration of current workplace diversity issues and best practices. Open to all genders.

PRIDE Mentorship Program

GSSP partners with PRIDE to lead a mentorship program for LGBTQ students. Each participant is matched with a faculty or staff member as an advisor and an incoming first year student in a tiered system of mentorship. The goal is for the mentors and mentees to develop an open dialogue, meet monthly, and attend networking sessions on relevant topics. To participate in the 2021-2022 Mentorship Program, please email Dorothy Polatin at


Open Forums

Hosted by GSSP and PRIDE, the monthly Open Forums series examines the connection between LGBTQ identity and identities such as religion, international status, race and ethnicity, and career industry. This space is an opportunity for dialogue and to ask questions of the speaker, one another, and ourselves.

Rainbow Graduation

The Rainbow Graduation is an annual ceremony for graduating LGBTQ+ seniors and Master's students. The event includes reflections and speeches from student, staff and faculty speakers, a presentation of graduation cords/stoles, and celebration of our graduates.

Student Groups

Women's Leadership Program

A four-year co-curricular program that empowers young women with the essential skills, real-world experiences, and confidence needed to advance into leadership roles.


A student organization that provides support, education, and social activities for the Bentley University LGBTQ+ community.

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Students Advocating Gender Equality (SAGE)

A student organization that promotes the personal development and empowerment of women through open dialogue.

Men of Alliance

A student organization of male students interested in learning about gender equity issues and demonstrating active support for their female peers in the classroom and the workplace.

Bentley Women's Network

A student organization that builds and utilizes an established network of female business professionals and peers to empower Bentley’s future businesswomen.

Have Questions About Our Programs?

Contact Director Dorothy Polatin, at, to set up a meeting. 

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Gender and Sexuality Student Lounge

Bentley’s Gender and Sexuality Student Lounge is a welcoming, inclusive space designed as a home base for students who identify as women and/or as LGBTQ+, and their allies. It’s also home to student organizations and programs that promote inclusion and social justice. Visit us in the Student Center, Room 310A.

Committed to an Inclusive Community

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Bentley

Explore the many ways the Bentley community celebrates our differences and encourages curiosity. Diverse backgrounds, beliefs and life experiences all come together at Bentley, making it a vibrant place to live, learn and explore.

Join Conversations, Programs and Events

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Bentley Center for Women and Business

Bentley’s Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women and Business (CWB) is dedicated to advancing gender equity and fostering workplace inclusion – the CWB facilitates hundreds of workshops with businesses worldwide. The expertise of this unique knowledge center on campus is leveraged in student programs such as the Fellowship, Men of Alliance, and Perspectives, where students can to gain the knowledge and skills to become inclusive leaders on campus and in the workplace.

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