We Stand with Babson Greeks.
A Message to the Community from President Schlesinger and Babson's Greek Council, Interfraternity Council, and Panhellenic Council
For more than 40 years, Greek organizations have been a part of the Babson community and a significant part of the Babson experience for thousands of students. Babson has welcomed both fraternities and sororities on campus recognizing the unique opportunities, relationships and experiences they provide. The entire Babson community benefits from the Babson Greek community’s commitment and involvement. In fact, we all have witnessed the positive impact the Babson Greek community can have when its members engage on social issues, philanthropic initiatives and other leadership activities.
As you know, the Babson experience provides an engaging environment that allows our passionate students to develop into entrepreneurial leaders and global citizens. Greek organizations play a valuable role helping to fulfill this mission by providing opportunities for student growth and development as scholars, leaders and, most importantly, as a community. Being a member of Greek Life at Babson means taking on new challenges with the knowledge that there are more than 300 brothers and sisters supporting you and helping you to succeed.
Although students and administrators have been working to foster a positive and safe experience for students participating in Greek Life, our community continues to confront troubling developments, including national organizations revoking charters, special-interest housing privileges being revoked and numerous incidents of misconduct being discovered and reported. These incidents raise significant safety concerns and require the creation of an actionable plan to ensure that members of the Fraternities and Sororities can continue to contribute and achieve in a manner that is safe and positive for all members of our community.
It is now necessary for the Babson community to come together and evaluate how the Greek community as a whole is functioning on campus. A Greek Life Task Force is being convened with the goal of conducting a thorough review of both the current strengths and challenges of Greek Life and putting forth recommendations for the campus community moving forward. Comprised of affiliated and non-affiliated students, alumni, faculty members, and staff, the Task Force will launch later this month, with the goal of producing recommendations as early in the next academic year as possible. Once finalized, the composition of the Task Force, its proposed work schedule and information on opportunities for community involvement in the process will be available on this website. The Task Force will seek the input and participation of all members of the Babson community.
Given this process, fall recruitment for all Greek Fraternities and Sororities on campus has been deferred. We believe that this postponement is an important temporary measure that will allow the Greek community to be strengthened by the Task Force’s recommendations before new members are recruited. While the Task Force conducts its review, all other regular chapter operations will be allowed, and are encouraged, throughout the semester.
We want to welcome new members into the strongest Greek community possible, which is the ultimate goal of the Greek Life Task Force. This can only be accomplished with the entire community taking responsibility for what has brought us to this point and agreeing to be part of the solution. The outpouring of support for the Greek community in recent days has been significant and far-reaching. We encourage the Babson community to bring this same energy to support the Task Force’s work and to proceed in a manner that is honest, respectful and productive.
As the semester comes to a close and we celebrate all of the things that make Babson such an extraordinary living and learning environment, we are reminded that what makes Babson truly unique is its capacity to confront challenges and, as a community, come together to create solutions. We are confident we will successfully address the challenges before us and construct new approaches to strengthen the Babson experience in the future, including a refocused, re-energized Greek community that contributes to the larger student life of the College in the best way possible.
Kendall Ford - President, Panhellenic Council
Michael Liachowitz, President, Interfraternity Council
Christina Symanski, President, Greek Council
Greek Life Task Force Updates and Announcements
We are seeking nominations for the Greek Life Task Force
until Monday, May 13 at 4:30 p.m. Please send all nominations to Caitlin Capozzi
. Additional updates on the task force and its progress can be expected by May 28, 2013.
Joining a fraternity or sorority is a lifetime commitment.
Members of these organizations share bonds of friendship, leadership, and the pursuit of academic excellence that last well beyond the college experience. Each fraternity and sorority has its own unique values and traditions, and we encourage you to learn more about each chapter to find the best fit for you.
Explore all of your options and discuss with those close to you the possibility of involvement in a Greek organization. You may even want to visit with chapter members or alumni to get an idea of what Greek Life at Babson College entails. To join a Greek organization at Babson, you must participate in a formal recruitment process. This experience is meant to facilitate a mutual selection between the potential new member and the chapter while protecting all participants’ privacy and providing guidance throughout the decision making process. During this time, potential new members have the opportunity to meet with all the chapters on campus in order to make an informed decision about which chapter they would like to join.
The Greek governing councils, chapter presidents, current members, and advisers are excited about your interest in our community and are always available to answer any questions you might have.