An important part of your business education is exposure to other cultures and perspectives. That’s why we celebrate our differences and encourage curiosity.
The Multicultural Center is the campus hub for diversity and inclusion activities. Stop by our office to learn about programs, events and leadership opportunities that celebrate culture and strive for better understanding. Find us on the Third Floor of the Student Center.
Conversations about our differences can be hard. That’s why Bentley encourages bravery.
Bentley Brave is a series of events and programs offered to provide meaningful opportunities for education, conversation and reflection on topics like race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, ability and socioeconomic status. Prepare to get a little uncomfortable on the transformative journey toward understanding.
Fosters dialog, not debate
Provides opportunities for self-reflection
Creates an environment for courageous engagement
Acknowledges and supports diverse opinions
The Bentley Brave Conversation Café is a monthly, two-hour focused dialog open to all members of the community. Participants are placed in small groups and given a series of prompts to guide their conversation. Each Café explores a new theme, like civility, free speech or privilege. Conversation Cafés follow the dialog group model and allow participants to practice six essential dialog skills.
Bentley Brave Dialog Groups were created to increase the comfort and ability of faculty and staff to engage in difficult conversations about social identity. The experience is open to all faculty and staff.
Groups of 8-10 participants meet five times over the course of one semester. The curriculum helps participants develop six essential skills for effective dialog through the exploration of three core concepts related to diversity and inclusion. Sessions are structured so group members can identify and reflect on the cognitive, emotional and physical aspects of engaging in dialog.
To join a group, email the Office of Diversity & Inclusion or call 781-891-3475.
Intergroup Dialogue is a leadership experience focused on social justice and social identity. Through dialogue and an off-campus retreat, students learn how to communicate and facilitate with diverse groups, talk about hot topics, and create an action plan to benefit Bentley and beyond.
Groups form in September. Contact Jess Kenerson for details.
Coming Full Circle is for female faculty, staff and students of color. The group comes together for fellowship, dialogue, social and professional networking. Participants also gain presentation and leadership skills they can leverage in the classroom and beyond. For more information, email Claudette Blot.
The Cultural Connectors program trains students to encourage and facilitate tough conversations. The purpose is to improve communication, enhance curiosity, and move toward mutual understanding and respect on topics that can be difficult to discuss.
Trained Cultural Connectors can support you when a difficult dialogue needs to take place in your organization or team, on your floor, or anywhere else. Upon request, we provide two facilitators to help design the dialogue your group needs or wants to have.
First Fridays connect students with campus resources, such as offices and staff, that can enhance their college experience. The program is held on the first Friday of every month, every semester. The focus area changes monthly, so it’s a great way to continue learning about Bentley and to make new student and staff connections.
Mankind Movement is for men faculty, staff and students of color. The group meets bi-weekly to discuss member-suggested topics, like relationship building, career development, time management and more. The goal is to build a community at Bentley and to support and educate one another. For more information, email Michael McCorvey.
The Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast/luncheon is Bentley’s largest annual diversity event. Since 1986, student leaders have planned and hosted the celebration, which includes MLK statements and presentations. Prominent national speakers deliver the keynote address and community members are recognized for their leadership and dedication to diversity initiatives.
The MOSAIC Experience is a pre-orientation program for first-year students of color and their allies. Freshmen and transfer students are welcome to participate.
The MOSAIC program begins three days prior to First-Year Orientation. That allows students of color and their allies to move into campus sooner and start adjusting to life at Bentley. During the program, students receive tools and training to prepare them for academic success and make meaningful connections within their new college community.
For more information, email the Multicultural Center staff.
Open Call Conversations are monthly conversations about current events and hot topics. Facilitated by a faculty or staff member, Open Call Conversations are safe and respectful forums for students to discuss challenging subjects like racism and relationships.
Open Call Conversations are held in the Cultural Lounge, on the Third Floor of the Student Center. To schedule or participate in an Open Call Conversation as a faculty or staff member, email the Multicultural Center staff.
The Peer2 Peer program pairs first-year students with upper-class mentors. Students who are mentored during their first year at Bentley learn to navigate the academic and social aspects of college more quickly. They also earn better grades and enter student leadership positions sooner.
Matches are made based on common personal interests, academic programs and other factors. Typically, the Peer2Peer relationship is sustained through the mentee’s sophomore year at Bentley. After completing the program, mentees are able to serve as mentors for incoming students.
For more information or to apply to become a mentor or a mentee, email the Multicultural Center staff.
The Summer Transition Education Program (STEP) provides college admission support for high-potential high school students who have faced academic, socioeconomic or personal challenges beyond their control. Benefits include:
Two free summer courses
Help monitoring their academic progress
Mentoring, academic advising and tutoring
Counseling, support and referrals
Networking and professional development opportunities
For more information, email Claudette Blot.