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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.

Purpose of Babson Employee Resource Groups:

  • 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 Professionals Group

The Administrative Professionals Employee Resource Group is open to administrative assistants, division/program coordinators, and other support staff in the Babson community.  The group provides opportunities for employees to connect, welcome new peers to campus, share knowledge and resources, and develop and grow professionally.

Co-Chair: Linda Grant, lgrant@babson.edu, 781-239-4226
Co-Chair: Candace Trundley, ctrundley@babson.edu 781-239-5321

Doctoral Student Group

The Doctoral Student Group is committed to fostering relationships across the College with those employees balancing work and a personal life all while pursuing a doctoral 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: Kate O'Leary, koleary@babson.edu, 781-239-4209
 

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: Sara Quist, squist@babson.edu, 781-239-5337

2014 Calendar of Events and Activities (pdf)

Parent Connection Group Advisory Board (pdf)

Click here to join the Babson online community.  (It's a google community, so you can use your Babson username and password)

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. 

Co-Chair: Brian Duggan, bduggan@babson.edu, 781-239-5121

Co-Chair: Carol Hacker, hackerc@babson.edu, 781-239-4220

Click here to join the Babson online community.

Special Needs Parenting Group

The Special Needs Parenting Group is a part of Babson's Parent Connections Group, an Employee Resource Group (ERG) sponsored by HR and CWEL.  Parents and loved ones of special needs and chronically ill children of all ages and abilities are invited to join us to serve as resources to each other, share ideas and support, and celebrate our children.
 
Chair: Marjorie Feld, mfeld@babson.edu, 781-239-5334
 

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: Brett Chin, bchin@babson.edu,  781-239-5288

Muslim Connections Group

Chair: Bilal Mirza, bmirza@babson.edu

Sustainability Group

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, esaumsiegle@babson.edu, 781-239-5607 
Co-Chair: Becky Prior, rprior@babson.edu,  781-239-6180

BabsonSustainability.pdf

 

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.