The Bridgewater State University Special Presidential Task Force on Racial Justice represents our entire BSU community, including faculty, students, staff, administrators, alumni and members of our wider community, and the university's commitment to anti-racism. These pages include updates from the Racial Justice Task Force as well as a number of resources and engagement opportunities for the wider community.
In reaffirming its values of diversity, inclusion and equality for all, university leadership adopted an official statement rejecting “all forms of bias, discrimination, xenophobia, and violence.”
Bridgewater State University is committed to ensuring all individuals equal access to its programs, services and community. Disability Resources & Student Accessibility Services supports this commitment through its work with students, faculty, staff, and the Bridgewater community to identify and remove barriers to full participation in the University experience.
The EXCEL Program at Bridgewater State University (BSU) is a fully-inclusive postsecondary program for young adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Students in the EXCEL program share the same experiences as their college peers in the areas of academics, socialization, professional development, and independent living. Students become more independent and actively engaged in creating and living their lives. Our program honors dignity and worth, and fosters self-determination.
BSU provides the individual attention so important to the academic and cultural adjustment of international students. Approximately 150 international students are enrolled at the university representing more than 29 different countries. Once admitted, International Student and Scholar Services provides high-quality services and programs to each international student and scholar at Bridgewater State University.
The Leading for Change Diversity Consortium is a voluntary collaboration of higher education institutions in Massachusetts and New England committed to identifying student and employee diversity best practices through uniform and transparent use of data, institutional benchmarks and reflective practice.
The Lewis and Gaines Center for Inclusion and Equity (LGCIE - Legacy) reinforces inclusion, celebrates diversity and promotes student success by providing services that support underserved students thereby enriching the academic, cultural and social experiences for the future of all BSU students. For more information, visit us in the Rondileau Student Union Room 101 or call 508.531.6166.
Bridgewater State University is among an elite group of institutions chosen by the U.S. Department of State to host the “Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders” (YALI), four consecutive years to date. Each summer, twenty-five of Africa’s brightest emerging public administrators study at BSU for a six-week academic and leadership institute.
The Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice—named after the youngest victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings—was created to build knowledge about social justice, to develop skills for advancing social justice through individual and collective action, and to serve as a catalyst for actualizing Bridgewater State University’s commitment to social justice. The institute includes Jumpstart and The Bridge Partnership, as well as the Community Service Center.
Military and Veteran Student Services is committed to assisting the military and veteran community at Bridgewater State University in achieving their academic and personal goals.
The BSU Pride Center supports the success of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and ally students and their peers, and fosters a campus climate of inclusion and equity.