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MIP's Mission & Values
Our office strives to ensure an inclusive Babson community that is welcoming, affirming and growth oriented for ALL students. Through our programming and events, we aim to:
- Advocate and Affirm student's intersecting identities and experiences
- Promote Awareness and Encourage action towards justice, equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging
- Educate through Collaborative programming with students and campus partners related, but not limited to race. ethnicity, gender identity and expression, religion, nationality, sexual/romantic orientation, socio-economic status, and ability
- Amplify the voices and Create visibility of historically marginalized communities and experiences
Intercultural events and programs are essential to our Mission and Values. MIP hosts a variety of programs with the intent to contribute additional learning and educational opportunities to the Babson College student experience.
There are several signature programs that MIP will host and collaborate with on a yearly basis. Check out some of our signature programming below!
Welcome receptions will happen within the first few weeks of the beginning of the Fall Semester. The purpose of these sessions are to bring together new and returning students, faculty, staff and alumni to network and build connections at the beginning of the academic year. See some photos from past receptions:
Students of Color Welcome Reception '18 LGBTQ+ and Friends Welcome Reception '21
The purpose for this annual program is for Babson community to reflect upon and celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This annual event initiates and continues conversations about how the Dr. King’s vision of justice, equality, and peace is realized within our own community and in the world at large. See some images below from previous MLK Legacy Days:
2018 Key Note: Bree Newsome 2022 Key Note: James Blake
See a list of all previous Key Note speakers here
The Lavender Graduation Ceremony was created in 1995 at the University of Michigan by Dr. Ronni Sanlo, a Jewish Lesbian woman, who was denied the opportunity to attend the graduations of her biological children because of her sexual orientation. This first Lavender Graduation Ceremony had 3 attendees. Today, there more than 200 Lavender Graduation Ceremonies held yearly through various colleges around the United States.
At Babson College, our annual Lavender Graduation is a celebration to recognize graduating LGBTQ+ and ally Ugrad and Graduate students of all races, ethnicities and gender identities. Lavender Graduation is an opportunity for our community to acknowledge these graduate's achievements and contributions to the college and beyond as they make their way into their next journey.
Note: This is a program for ALL students who want to participate: LGBTQ+ and Allies
The Black Senior Send-off and the Multicultural Senior Send-off (previously the Students of Color Senior Send-off) to bring together and celebrate the accomplishments and successes of the graduating seniors of Babson College's multi-national, intercultural community. This ceremony is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural and Identity Programs (MIP).
If you would like to be involved in the planning for this graduation ceremony, please contact Director of MIP.
There are many Heritage and Cultural Awareness months that is crucial to our work. The Office of Multicultural and Identity Programs (MIP) will create and collaborate with students, organizations, and other campus partners to highlight and hold programs, events, and even social media campaigns to share the beauty that is our world and the cultures and communities that inhabit it.
Annually, we will celebrate the following Heritage and Cultural Months:
- February - Black History Month
- March - Women's History Month
- April - National Arab American Heritage Month
- May - Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month | Haitian Heritage Month
- June - Caribbean Heritage Month | LGBTQ+ Pride Month
- September - Latino/a, Latine Hertige Month (September 15 - October 15)
- October - LGBTQ+ History Month
- November - Indigenous & First Nations Heritage Month
If there are other heritage months we should consider that is not listed above, please connect with us!
Consider Babson College's Heritage Months and Observations page