Diversity and Inclusion council
In 2009, the Diversity and Inclusion Council was formed by Chief Diversity Officer Elizabeth Thornton and President Emeritus 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.
In Fall 2010, the Council co-sponsored the first fall kick-off event with eight different student groups, institutes and centers from all over campus. We wanted to truly show the power of collaboration for diversity initiatives. With our corporate partner; Liberty Mutual, the Council invited Spike Lee to visit our campus to engage in the “Spike Lee Business Challenge”. Spike Lee challenged the Babson students with two challenges related to the film making industry and students competed for the chance to present their solutions. View our photos on Flickr with for WAKE UP! Spike Lee Live at Babson College.
In Fall 2011, the Council worked with Daymond John, one of Babson's newest Entrepreneurs in Residence. Daymond John has worked on a variety of programming; including the kick-off of the Foundations in Management and Entrepreneurship course; the Butler Venture Accelerator Kick-off; a Management Consulting Field Experience (MCFE) team of graduate students working for one of his businesses from the ABC's Shark Tank show; and as a keynote speaker at Babson’s largest student run event, the Babson Entrepreneurship Forum. “Babson College is thrilled to have a world class entrepreneur like Daymond John teach and inspire our students,” said Prof. Elizabeth Thornton.
The Diversity and Inclusion Council has organized four committees to focus on the following objectives:
- The Recruitment and Retention Committee: To brainstorm new ways of attracting and retaining students, faculty, and staff of diverse identities including racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, religious and sexual orientation.
- The Building an Inclusive Community Committee: To create and sustain an inclusive community characterized by respect and understanding of the value of all people through co-curricular activities. This committee has challenged the Babson community to “Get in the Game”, which means participating in thought provoking experiences with faculty, students and staff to develop the awareness, skills and competencies necessary to think critically about ourselves and how we interact with the world around us.
- The Inclusive Curriculum Committee: To participate in discussion and support the Undergraduate Academic Policy Committee in incorporating inclusiveness into the curriculum.
- The Inclusive Classroom Experience Committee: To create and provide resources and opportunities for faculty to create and maintain an inclusive classroom experience where students feel comfortable engaging in deep, thought provoking conversations while being respectful of each other and engaging in discussions that are inclusive of all of our identities.