Babson's mission is to educate entrepreneurial leaders who create great economic and social value—everywhere. We have embraced a strategic vision that states our commitment to create “a diverse, multicultural and inclusive community of highly talented students, faculty and staff characterized by respect, understanding and appreciation of the uniqueness and value of all people.”
Babson College prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetics, physical or mental disability, and veteran or other protected status. This policy extends to all programs and activities, including admission, education, employment, and athletics.
In an increasingly complex, changing, and interdependent world, collaboration is at once more critical than ever and more challenging. The technologies exist to bring different people together; what is needed is experience working closely with people from different cultures and countries, bridging differences and leveraging the strengths each person brings to the table.
Inclusivity begins with the diversity represented in our student body, as illustrated in the following statistics:
Council for Inclusiveness and Community
In 2009, The Council for Inclusiveness and Community was formed by Chief Diversity Officer Elizabeth Thornton and President Schlesinger with the notion that instead of having one small task force, or one person or department tasked with the job of “diversity”, we should engage the entire community in the mission of diversity and inclusion. The strategy is to have the mission permeate the entire Babson community and embed principles of inclusiveness into internal operating processes such as faculty and staff recruiting, student affairs, the curriculum and the classroom. The Council was first announced in a theatrical event where students, faculty and staff created improvised skits to challenge the Babson community in a discussion regarding diversity and inclusion. Click here to learn more on The Council for Inclusiveness and Community .
LGBTQ at Babson
Creating a community that values, supports, and celebrates LGBTQ individuals and their allies.
Babson’s LGBTQ Action Group is comprised of faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students who are committed to creating a community that values, supports, and celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning individuals and their allies. The group is currently co-chaired by Amir Reza , Director of the Glavin Office of Multicultural and International Education and Melissa Shaak , Director of Student Financial Services. Visit Babson College's LGBTQ page here .
Babson Global is a wholly owned subsidiary of Babson College designed to increase the college's global reach. The mission of Babson Global is “to put the power of entrepreneurship as the greatest force for social and economic value creation, in the hands of as many people in the world as we can.” Babson Global delivers programs that extend Babson’s unique pedagogy based on Entrepreneurial Thought and Action™ to new populations beyond the audience for our current undergraduate, graduate and executive education programs. Click here for more information.
Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership
CWEL provides educational programs for undergraduate, graduate, and Babson Executive Education students that help women and men develop leadership skills and an entrepreneurial mindset. To ensure a world of opportunity and advancement for all, CWEL supports and widely disseminates research into the unique skills and experiences of women entrepreneurial leaders. CWEL also advances gender equality as a growth strategy for individuals and for organizations of all sizes, everywhere in the world. More information here .
The Giving Voice to Values Curriculum
Giving Voice to Values (GVV) is an innovative, cross-disciplinary business curriculum and action-oriented pedagogical approach for developing the skills, knowledge and commitment required to implement values-based leadership.
Rather than the usual focus on ethical analysis, the GVV curriculum focuses on ethical implementation and asks the question: What would I say and do if I were going to act on my values?
Drawing on the actual experiences of managers as well as multi-disciplinary research, GVV helps students identify the many ways to voice their values in the workplace. It provides the opportunity to script and practice in front of peers, equipping future business leaders not only to know what is right, but how to make it happen.
Glavin Office of Multicultural & International Education at Babson
The Glavin Office provides students, faculty and staff with innovative, high-quality educational programs, services, and information to help them achieve their international learning and professional developmental objectives.
These include international consulting experiences, international academic experiences and services for international students and scholars.
Our goal is “to ensure a global perspective at Babson by enabling students to put their classroom knowledge into practice through programs that provide the opportunity to live or travel overseas and gain academic credit while completing an enriching international experience.” More on the Glavin Office of Multicultural & International Education here .
Office of Faith and Service
The Office of Faith and Service believes in graduating socially responsible and civically engaged individuals who understand their role as entrepreneurs to not only give back to the community, but also use their competencies to look at global social justice issues and seek innovation within a multi-cultural and multi-faith community.
Sorenson Center for the Arts
The Sorenson Center for the Arts fosters an environment of creativity and exploration through enhancing the natural synergies between entrepreneurship and the arts, encompassing literary, performing (dance, film, music and theater), and visual arts and design.
Babson takes pride in our diverse, global village of future business leaders.
One of the best things about the Babson student experience is the exposure to the incredible amount of diversity that exists within the Babson community. Babson students build lasting relationships with other students, staff and faculty from over 40 U.S states and territories and over 70 countries from around the world.
Students are encouraged to not only explore and develop their own identities but to learn about the identities and experiences of others in order to maximize learning and personal development. In order to do this, students attend events such as the annual Multicultural Fair, participate in dialogues with the Community Unity Educators, attend culture shows and performances by Babson’s cultural clubs, study abroad, or even consult during a Joint Management Consulting Experience (JMCFE) projects with students from universities across the globe. These are only a few of the rich opportunities that you can both create and be a part of at Babson.
The Office of Multicultural Programs strives to uphold these values by creating innovative programs and services designed to build the most inclusive campus experience for all students. The office works collaboratively with all campus departments to identify and implement institutional priorities for student diversity efforts on campus while providing mentoring and advising for under-served and under-represented students. Lastly, the office works with all students, student leaders, and student clubs and organizations to promote and create an inclusive campus environment. The Chief Diversity Officer, The Council for Inclusiveness and Community, The Office of Multicultural Programs, along with an endless support network of students, staff, faculty and alumni work together to build a community of inclusiveness.
Click here to learn more about Babson's Multicultural Programs, Events, Activities and Organizations.
Babson is a proud member of the Commonwealth Compact, and we're excited to support their mission of establishing "Massachusetts as a uniquely inclusive, honest and supportive community of—and for—diverse people. To acknowledge our mixed history in this effort, and to face squarely the challenges that still need to be overcome, understanding that the rich promise of the region's growing diversity must be tapped fully if Boston and Massachusetts are to achieve their economic, civic and social potential."