Connecting Our Community with the World
Beyond our town borders, Babson and members of our community are sharing our ideas and partnering our talents with people and places around the world.
National and international volunteer efforts from students, staff, and faculty during the 2012–2013 fiscal year included:
- 54 students and staff traveled to Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana, in January 2013 to teach entrepreneurship to local entrepreneurs and high school students in 25 high schools in two regions of the country. The session concluded with a business plan competition including nearly 2,000 Ghanaian students, teachers, and members of the community supporting the event.
- A total of 37 students, staff, and alumni traveled at various times throughout last year to Uganda, Ghana, and Rwanda to offer the Babson Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy to local high school students in each country.
- A team of Babson women student leaders engaged in an intensive three-week immersion program at Save in Rwanda, engaged with female entrepreneurs, and taught workshops, seminars, and classes.
- Each year during winter break, students, staff, and faculty travel to the Gulf Coast to help displaced families in need of affordable housing.
- Babson staff and faculty volunteers traveled twice to El Salvador to work with Habitat for Humanity, building and refurbishing homes. Babson has started an entrepreneurship program in a small village in Ahuachapán, where volunteers also teach entrepreneurial leadership skills.
Bringing Entrepreneurial Solutions to the World
Here are some of the ways that Babson is taking on global challenges:
- As a member of the University Network, Clinton Global Initiative University selected eight Babson students to attend the 2013 Annual Meeting where they learned from some of the world’s pre-eminent innovators, thought leaders, and civically engaged celebrities, and developed action plans to address the most pressing challenges facing our campus and communities.
- Babson supports Made By Survivors, an organization that helps survivors of human trafficking, in a variety of ways, including providing student teams to address business challenges. Babson’s work with Made By Survivors will enable entrepreneurs and artisans in developing countries to fully participate in the global marketplace.
- The Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship course sponsored by the Three College Collaborative (Babson, Olin, and Wellesley), is designed to help undergraduate students develop sustainable businesses that solve economic and social issues in communities, including India, Ghana, Morocco, and the United States.
- Babson hosted 65 young women from around the world for a day of immersion in Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as part of Empower Peace’s Women2Women International Leadership conference. This event provided promising young women (ages 15–19) from around the world with the tools they need to advance peace and development in their countries.