A Statement of Values and Expectations for Community Discourse by the Babson Faculty
The letter below is a statement of values and expectations for community discourse that the Faculty Senate requested be forwarded for signature to all full-time and part-time faculty members. This letter is one part of our attempt to respond to the events both on and off-campus after the election last Tuesday. It was distributed to the faculty late Sunday, November 13, and to date, it has over 200 signatures, with participation increasing. It will continue to be updated over the next few days with additional faculty signatures as they are received.
To: The Babson Community: Students, Parents, Alumni, Staff, President, President’s Cabinet, and Trustees
From: The Babson College Faculty
In light of recent events in our country, the rise of insensitive and aggressive behaviors by members of our community on our campus, and the shocking affront to members of the Wellesley College community, the faculty of Babson College feels the need to remind everyone who we are, what we expect, and what Babson College stands for. Recent events demonstrate that we still have a long way to go to fully meet these expectations.
When interacting with one another, we expect everyone in our community to display:
- Mutual respect for differences,
- Honest and respectful discourse,
- Empathy towards others,
- An open mind to the concerns and experiences of others,
- A commitment to creating and maintaining a safe environment, and
- The courage to speak up when others are violating community values.
Central to Babson College’s mission is the promotion of diversity and inclusion. In the face of the current discourse around our country, we stand in solidarity with our alumni who continue to actively embrace this value and sorrowfully acknowledge those who have been negatively impacted by the current discourse. Given the highly disturbing reports that significantly harm our efforts towards diversity and inclusion, we strongly affirm that aggressive behavior intended to hurt others in any way is inherently wrong. The racist rhetoric, intimidation based on identity, and other demeaning ways in which some students are reportedly treating each other must end immediately. Regardless of personal point of view, political stance, race, gender, religion, or identity, it is imperative that we create an environment in which all members of our community feel safe and all members feel that they belong at Babson. In addition to being a general moral obligation, these guarantees of safety and belonging are vital to the core mission of academic communities to promote the most vigorous discussion, debate, and growth.
As elaborated in Babson’s new Academic Master Plan, we, as the faculty, are committed to addressing these challenges by working together towards a truly diverse and inclusive campus. We had already begun new efforts towards this goal and are now working to deepen these commitments. We are emphatic that we must all treat one another with respect, civility, honesty, and open-mindedness, reflecting both our moral responsibilities and our academic mission. We look forward to strong action by President Healey and her cabinet to make clear to students, alumni, and parents the seriousness of upholding these values and our lack of toleration for violations of community standards. Above all, at Babson we need to be better, and we can be.
In this difficult time, we need to demonstrate leadership and to set a positive example. Let’s start together, right here and right now.
Weerapat Go Attachot
Bruce H. Bumpus
J Mark Carr
Julie De Zutter
Marjorie N. Feld
Kerry Roberts Gibson
Clare Gillan Huang
Krista Hill Cummings
Pamela Marie Hoffer
Kevin F. Wall