Babson's E-STEAM Program Among Top 100 Commitments To Action By The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

White House recognizes Babson's efforts to expand and support educational outcomes and opportunities for Latino community

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Lewis Institute at the White House

Representing Babson at the White House reception, from left, Amir Reza, Vice Provost, International & Multicultural Education; Cheryl Yaffe Kiser, Executive Director, The Lewis Institute & Babson Social Innovation Lab; Tomas Echeverria M'16, Carla Curiel '05, Co-founder of Mundo Lanugo.

Babson College has been recognized as one of the ‘Top 100 Commitments To Action’ by the Whi​te House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics​.

The college was honored for its creation of an E-STEAM curriculum​, which blends Babson's Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® methodology with science, technology, engeineering, art, and mathematics concepts. This curriculum grew out of Babson Filmmaker-in-Residence Mary Mazzio's recent documentary Underwater Dreams, which tells the true story of a group of under-resourced Hispanic high school students taking on a team from MIT in an underwater robotics competition.

In October 2014, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics launched a Year of Action, and with it, a national call for Commitments to Action in honor of its 25th anniversary. In the spirit of what President Obama calls a “shared responsibility,” the initiative challenged the public and private sectors to make meaningful and quantifiable contributions to expand and support the educational outcomes and opportunities for the Latino community.

According to the White House, “The strength of America’s education system is undoubtedly connected to the academic success of Latinos. With the shift in demographics taking place in our nation’s schools, securing an adequate and equal education for all students, including Latinos, should be a priority not just for the federal government but for every person in this country.”

On the culmination of 2015 Hispanic Heritage Month, the President announced nearly 150 Commitments to Action with a collective investment of over $315 million which will build on, and accelerate, federal, state, and local investments in high-quality education from cradle-to-career for the nation’s Latino community. These Commitments to Action were recognized and honored at a White House reception.

Babson College Initiative: Expansion of "Let Everyone Dre​am" Coalition

Galvanized by the documentary film Underwater Dreamsfrom Babson Filmmaker-in-Residence Mary Mazzio (which depicts the unlikely and inspiring story of a group of under-resourced Hispanic high school students taking on a MIT team in an underwater robotics competition),the “Let Everyone Dream” coalition was launched to focus on inspiring underrepresented students to succeed in STEM subjects with the inclusion of entrepreneurship and art (E-STEAM) as an accelerator for problem solving and creativity. Babson wrote the E-STEAM curriculum, incorporating Entrepreneurship and Art into the equation, to accompany the film and act as an accelerator for problem solving and creativity. The coalition, announced by the White House earlier this spring, commits $100 million to reach underserved students and women.

See all Commitments to Action​ ​​(pdf)

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®. The top-ranked college for entrepreneurship education, Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society. We prepare the entrepreneurial leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to make a difference in the world, and have an impact on organizations of all sizes and types. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​

By Michael Chmura, mchmura@babson.edu, 781-239-4549 | 12/16/2015 11:00 AM