Who We Are
The Bias Education & Response Team (BERT) is a group of Lesley University faculty and staff that is committed to addressing the impact of bias incidents through a restorative approach that focuses on strengthening relationships and building community. The team engages the Lesley community in conversations about restorative justice, institutional policies and protocols, concepts, and resources related to bias.
Why We're Here
At Lesley, we aspire to be a community where people of all identities feel welcome, heard, and supported. However, we recognize there may be moments where some do not feel welcome due to incidents they've encountered that are related to their identity or identities, such as words, comments, or actions motivated by bias.
In response, the university has established both a way for Lesley community members to report incidents of bias they've experienced and a systematic approach for responding to the harm these incidents have on our students and employees. The Bias Education & Response Team is central to this important work.
What We Do
The Bias Education & Response Team responds to reported incidents of bias that have impacted members of the Lesley community. This process is not an investigation, but rather a conversation with the individuals involved. We want to understand the issue at the core of the incident, provide support, and explore pathways for growth and understanding. We also work to increase awareness of critical issues, facilitate education and growth, create community, and help to build and restore relationships.
Our Work Includes:
- Responding to harm caused by bias in a way that rebuilds trust and relationships.
- Strengthening our understanding of the campus climate so we can build a community where all people are affirmed, supported, and respected.
- Creating a way for Lesley community members to report incidents of bias.
- Contributing to a process for responding to reported incidents of bias in a timely, consistent, and effective way.
- Tracking reported bias incidents, patterns, and trends to gain an understanding of what is happening in the Lesley community.
- Creating learning opportunities on matters related to bias.
- Providing insight to inform our institutional practices, bias education work, and development activities for BERT members.
Our work in BERT does not replace or change Lesley University's existing policies and protocols on discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct, or any violations of criminal law.
All students and employees have the right to participate fully and equally in Lesley University’s academic programs, social and extracurricular programs and activities, and employment that is free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
These policies reflect our commitment to supporting the dignity and respect of every individual.