On April 5th and April 6th , I attend the Black Affinity Conference at Babson. This is a series of panels and networking events in which Black alumni can interact with current Black students on campus. I learned that Babson has over 500 Black alumni and counting. Through the speeches of our alumni, I realized that Babson has greatly diversified over the course of 20 years in regards to the Black community. Some of our Black alumni mentioned that in the early 90′s , there were only four black students on campus. Now there are much more than four Black students per class and an increasingly more diverse faculty. However, as President Schlesinger noted, Babson has a long way to go ; but has made some impressive improvements as far as ethnic diversity . This conference has motivated me to become more involved in enhancing diversity on campus by joining clubs like the Babson Black Students Union and Origins of Necessary Equality as well as reaching out to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Furthermore, participating as overnight hosts in the experience diversity program is a great way to show prospective students the diverse atmosphere that Babson has developed. Overall, I was very excited to connect with alumni and learn about the ways in which I can become more involved in further diversifying Babson’s campus in the next four years.
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P.S I would like to express my deepest sympathies to anyone affected by the attack during Boston’s marathon and I would like to acknowledge Babson’s students and faculty on there fast responses on helping the victims of the attack.