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.
Show Your Support as a Visible Ally
Babson’s LGBTQ Action Group has created an “Ally” sticker that you can display to show your support for the LGBTQ community. Visit the Glavin Office of Multicultural and International Education on the second floor of Hollister to pick up sticker, or call x4565 and we’ll send one to you via campus mail.
The back of the sticker defines an ally as a person who supports and honors sexual and gender diversity, and who challenges homophobic, heterosexist, and sexist behaviors and beliefs held by others and one’s self. We also strongly encourage participation in Safe Zone, Babson’s LGBTQ ally training program.
- LGBTQ Safe Zone Training for Staff & Faculty, June 5, 2013
Register as part of Community Learning Day
- Boston Pride Parade, June 8, 2013, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Participate in Boston's Pride Parade with Babson's LGBT and Ally Community, including President-elect Healey. Family and friends are invited to join us for this first-ever Babson event.
- The Babson community hosts various events on campus for LGBTQ community members and beyond. Check back for information on upcoming campus events.
Local and National Events
- Boston LGBT Film Festival, May 2-12, 2013
- Boston Pride Week, May 31 - June 9, 2013 (Babson will be marching in the parade)
- Expanding the Circle, June 24-27, 2013, San Francisco, CA
The focus of this summer institute for educators and administrators is Lessons Learned & Best Practices for Integrating LGBTQ Issues/Concerns in Higher Education.
- Campus Pride Summer Leadership Camp, July 16 - 21, 2013, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Build your leadership and social advocacy skills while you develop friendships with other LGBT and ally college students from across the country. Scholarships are available.
- LGBT Professional Academy for Advisors, uJuly 16 - 21, 2013, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
This five-day boot camp brings together LGBT student advisors and higher education staff who support LGBT youth from around the country.
National Coming Out Day
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Annual LGBTQ & Allies Welcome Reception
LGBTQ Safe Zone Training
- Contact Kevin Araujo-Lipine for more information
Babson Community Resources
Contact any of these individuals and organizations for more information about the LGBTQ community and life at Babson.
- Prism, Babson’s Undergraduate Student LGBTQ & Ally Organization: John Crisafulli, Chuck Collins, Staff Advisors
- Out Network, Babson's Graduate Student LGBTQ & Ally Organization: Bob Turner, Faculty Advisor
Staff & Faculty Resources
LGBTQ Employee Resource Group: Jamie Kendrioski, Chair
Alumni & Friends Resources
Supporting Marriage Equality at Babson
Nearly 400 members of the Babson campus community showed their support for the marriage equality movement by wearing handmade rainbow ribbons on March 26 and 27, 2013, while the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases affecting the rights of LGBTQ Americans. One case tested the legality of California's Proposition 8, while the other challenged the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Thank you to everyone who stood with the LGBTQ community by wearing a ribbon or by sharing this image through social media, including President-elect Dr. Kerry Healey. Read about Dr. Healey's conversation with Graduate Student Council President Chet Clem on his blog.