Our Community, Your Babson
We’re more than just your next-door neighbors. Empowering our students to become global leaders of change is our mission’s core—so is empowering our community with the same philosophy we live and breathe on campus, and we’re always looking for ways we can do more.
Babson Entrepreneurs in Residence
not only guest lecture at Babson, they speak on local and Babson event panels and bring their networks to the surrounding community. Daymond John has brought community recognition through his national partnership with Startup America, while Andrew Zimmern has developed awareness for the area via his network of nationally recognized chefs, including Boston-area chef Jamie Bissonnette of Toro and Coppa.
As a citizen of Wellesley and Needham, Babson takes great pride in its strong and productive partnership with our neighbors and, as in years past, I am pleased to present our annual report, with highlights of our collaboration.
Our relationship continues to grow on a number of fronts, bringing more opportunities than ever to broaden the positive impacts of our work together. This includes expanding the ways we jointly pursue our mutual goals of protecting the environment and encouraging sustainability. Our work was honored nationally this past year when the Environmental Protection Agency celebrated Wellesley as the first Green Power Community in Massachusetts, and recognized Babson as a partner in this effort.
As educators, we’re committed to increasing your access to lifelong learning as well. Babson’s Bernon Center works with the Needham and Wellesley housing authorities to provide activities for children ranging from elementary school students to high school students, while many of our college classes are available to audit by senior citizens living in Needham and Wellesley—and at no cost. An array of athletic and cultural events rounds out our valuable opportunities available to local residents for their personal and professional development.
The following pages are just a snapshot of our community impact during the 2011–2012 fiscal year, and describe ways you can take advantage of educational, cultural, and athletic events in your backyard.
All of us at the College welcome future opportunities to increase our involvement with Wellesley and Needham, and we look forward to all that we will accomplish in the years ahead.