January 30, 2023
Dear Babson Community,
The recent violent events have left many of us horrified and understandably outraged. Like so many of you, we grieve for the senseless killing of Tyre Nichols in Memphis, and we mourn alongside the families and loved ones of those lost in the latest series of senseless acts of violence targeting Asian American and LGBTQ+ populations.
Our country continues to grapple with traumatic crimes of bias, hate, and violence experienced by people of all identities.
We write these periodic messages to the community to acknowledge what the world around us is experiencing, and to reaffirm our intent to make a difference in communities everywhere and be the change our country, and the world, desperately needs.
Our determination grows to be even more vigilant in fostering an inclusive community, sense of belonging, and safe space that we expect at Babson College. We stand with and are grateful for Chief Erin Carcia and the Babson Public Safety team as the incident in Memphis and others continue to have a global impact on the perception of and trust in all public safety departments. Babson College Public Safety is firmly committed to our values and promotes the continued care and safety of all members of the Babson community.
As we struggle to live through recent events and ask ourselves how to move forward, I encourage you not to do this alone. Connect, show up, listen to understand, approach others with empathy, and channel your frustration into cultivating systemic change.
February brings Black History Month when we celebrate and acknowledge the contribution of Black people locally and nationally. This month, in particular, we are reminded that human dignity and equality are values that should be afforded to everyone.
On Wednesday evening, February 1, 2023, we will honor the memory of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with our annual MLK Legacy Day event. Dr. King would have urged us to continue the fight for justice and equality for all. If you are unable to attend the event, please join us in a collective moment of silence acknowledging these tragedies any time on February 1 between 5–7 p.m. See the initial list of opportunities to come together as a community (download the 2023 Black History Month (pdf)) for the entire month of February.
Please join me in recommitting to these ideals, and aspiring to end systemic racism, anti-Semitism, islamophobia, Asian hate, xenophobia, homophobia, sexism, among other groups, as well as social injustice everywhere. In the spirit of all who fight for a better day, we must believe that together, we have the power to determine what happens next in our own lives, on this campus, and in the world.
Sadie Burton-Goss Ph.D.
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer