Diversity & Social Justice

Diverse group of students at opening day BBQ

Bridgewater State University’s vision reflects the importance of diversity and social justice in its work within the university, the region and beyond. “Not to be ministered unto, but to minister” invokes the University’s dedication to service. “Bridgewater will continue to be a leader in diversity and social justice, providing a pathway to college access, guiding community-based action and developing models for best practice,” according to the university’s strategic plan.

Learn more about the ways we support our diversity and social justice mission:

BSU Value Statement

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.”

Disability Resources

Bridgewater State University is committed to ensuring all individuals equal access to its programs, services and community. The Disability Resources Office (DRO) 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.

International Students

International Students

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.

Leading for Change Diversity Consortium

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.

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

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.

Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice

Martin Richard Statue

The mission of the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice—named after the youngest victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings—is 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 educational equity programs Jumpstart and Bridge Partnership as well as the Community Service Center. It also sponsors forums and events on an array of social justice topics and works to expand the presence of social justice in BSU's academic programs. For more information, visit us at the Burrill Office Complex, 95 Burrill Avenue or call 508.531.2199.

Military & Veteran Student Services

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.

Center for Multicultural Affairs

The Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA) 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 Campus Center Room 101 or call 508.531.6166.

Pride Center

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.