Employee Resource Groups
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are voluntary, employee-initiated, Babson-supported groups of staff and faculty that share common interests, issues, backgrounds, dimensions of diversity and/or or pursuits.
ERGs promote the value of diversity and cultural awareness and foster an environment of inclusion that attracts, welcomes and retains diverse talent. ERGs enhance feelings of connectedness and provide opportunities for employees to seek and offer support to one another. The goals of ERGs include:
- To foster cross-departmental interaction, professional development and networking
- To increase cultural competencies, recruiting and mentoring of Babson employees
- To create increased connectivity with the college’s direction and strategy
- To increase communications and create an open forum for exchange of ideas
- To organize events and work with Human Resources to ensure that the Babson environment is inclusive, welcoming and affirming for all.
Current Employee Resource Groups
Administrative Support Network
The Administrative Support Network is committed to fostering relationships and sharing best practices among all support staff across Babson College. The mission of the group is to provide formal and informal opportunities for staff to come together in support of each other and the college through cross-departmental professional development, information sharing, learning opportunities, and sharing successes. This ERG will increase recruiting and mentoring of Babson employees through enhanced connectedness, providing a platform for personal and professional development, increased communications, and serving as an open forum for the exchange of ideas.
Advanced Degree Network
The Advanced Degree Network is committed to fostering relationships across the College with those employees balancing work and a personal life all while pursuing an advanced degree. This group serves to create relationships with other members of the community pursuing the same goal, to discuss and provide feedback on the dissertation writing process, and to support one another in the process of continuing one's education while balacing work and one's personal life.
Chair: Kerry Sullivan, firstname.lastname@example.org, 781-239-4443
Ebony Network Group
The purpose of the Ebony Network ERG is to provide a forum where employees of African descent can connect, support, and learn from each other; to develop initiatives and promote linkages which enable Black employees to be active and engaged in the broader Babson community; and to work in conjunction with other underrepresented groups across campus to create a welcoming and inclusive climate and environment.
Chair: Michael Bruny, email@example.com; 781-239-6286
Elder Care Resource Group
The Elder Care Employee Resource Group strives to be a venue for Babson faculty and staff providing care, compassion, and advocacy for an adult family member (adult child, sibling, parent, etc.) to share experiences and to turn challenges and successes into learning opportunities for the larger group. This ERG will provide both a formal and informal venue for community members caring directly (onsite, locally) or indirectly (remotely) for an adult family member.
LGBTQ Connections (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) Group
The LGBTQ ERG is a community of lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer/questioning-identified Babson employees who meet socially, share news and events, and support efforts to enhance Babson's standing as a welcoming and affirming campus. The LGBTQ ERG collaborates regularly with the LGBTQ Action Group on programs, events, and services for the LGBTQ and ally community. For more information visit: www.babson.edu/lgbtq
Chair: Michael Lara, firstname.lastname@example.org, 781-239-5655
Parent Connection Group
The Parent Connection Group is an Employee Resource Group (ERG) sponsored by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) and the Office of Human Resources. Formed in 2013 by faculty and staff from both the graduate and undergraduate programs, the group’s mission is to plan and foster both formal and informal ways of connecting parents among the Babson community. We share strategies and celebrations while creating a community for Babson families.
Chair: Jessica Hose, email@example.com, 781-239-5632
Race Conversations Group
The Race Conversations ERG is a community of employees having an open, respectful exchange of views on race relations. We recognize our need to delve more fully and personally into the issues at Babson and across the country than can be done at any one event. Members suggest topics such as our own ethnic histories, a recent incident of alleged racism, or something from our own experiences. A long-range aspect of the ERG is to support members who want to identify and take action in their roles at Babson and beyond.
Co-Chair: Stephen Clifford, firstname.lastname@example.org, 781-239-6417
Co-Chair: Claire Gosselin, email@example.com, 781-239-4472
The Sustainability ERG provides a social space for staff and faculty who are passionate, or would like to know more, about social and environmental sustainability. Members of this group are able to share resources, exchange ideas, and help support Babson's ongoing sustainability efforts. The group collaborates with Babson's Sustainability Office to support and plan community events.
Co-Chair: Liz Saumsiegle, firstname.lastname@example.org, 781-239-5607
Co-Chair: Kate D’Angelo, email@example.com, 781-239-4223
Employees interested in joining an existing resource group are encouraged to contact the chairperson directly.
Forming an Employee Resource Group
As part of Babson’s commitment to a respectful workplace, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion along with Human Resources assists in forming and furthering the efforts of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). Recognized ERGS should have a purpose that does one or more of the following:
- Supports diversity and inclusiveness at Babson
- Strengthens the College community
- Supports professional development and interactions
Employees interested in forming a new resource group are encouraged to email HR@babson.edu.