Diversity Student Summit 2013

Social Media Intern Jennifer Wright (Class of 2016), shares her experiences from the Diversity Student Summit, hosted on Bentley's campus October 26, 2013.

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  1. On Saturday, October 26, I had the chance to join a group of 300 students for a day of exploring diversity and discussing how to ensure everyone is included and celebrated on campus.  I first signed up for the Summit as a spur-of-the-moment decision: my professor sent out an email asking if anyone was interested, and when I said I was, I was invited to apply.

    Once the morning arrived I decked myself out in Bentley gear and made the walk up to LaCava.  8:00 AM is a rather early start for college students, but once we got some coffee in our systems everyone was ready and buzzing for the day.  More than thirty Bentley students gathered in one of the back rooms of LaCava for breakfast and to work on our roll call (we settled on "Bentley University: We mean business."), then joined the other 28 schools in the Executive Dining Room (EDR) for a day of diversity training.
  2. Diversity Student Summit! #DSummitBU
  3. Diversity Student Summit with the SU mentor resident advisors #DSummitBU
  4. We had students coming all the way from Texas!  It was great to be able to meet these people from all over the country.  At lunch later in the day we were assigned tables randomly and I had a great conversation about diversity on campus with students from Brandeis, Emerson, SNHU, and several other schools.
  5. While we were waiting for all the guests to arrive, "The Cupid Shuffle" started playing and about 40 students got up to dance --- including me, of course!  THAT woke me up better than any cup of coffee!
  6. A little after 9:00 AM, Dr. Earl Avery, Special Assistant to the President, opened the day with a talk about what Bentley has done in terms of diversity.  I'm proud to say we have more than 40 courses that include diversity issues as core parts of their work.
  7. It's always a great day when F.I.R.E. (Fierce Individuals Reaching for Excellence) Step Squad performs:
  8. FIRE: Fierce Individuals Reaching for Excellence #dsummitbu
  9. Dr. Maura Cullen came out after the dance performance and spent the rest of the day educating, inspiring, and encouraging the audience.  Her first activity: to have all the students take the quote they found in their draw-string bag and exchange it with at least four other people.  Got some great networking in and an awesome quote!
  10. Very proud of Bentley for not only hosting the Diversity Summit but also for taking steps to ensure all participants were comfortable by providing the option of Gender Neutral bathrooms.