Babson College is a truly global institution, with an extremely diverse student population, staff from many countries and cultures, and extensive links with leading educational institutions around the world. In fact, one of Babson’s key values is the belief that differences make Babson a richer community and provide the necessary contexts for shared accomplishment. The Glavin Office of International Programs encourages students of all backgrounds to participate in an Education Abroad experience, in hopes that the diversity among participants in our Education Abroad programs reflects the rich diversity of our campus.
At Babson, we welcome and value people and their perspectives, and respect the interests of all of the members of the community, regardless of their background or heritage. However, when traveling outside the United States, students are likely to encounter a significant range of attitudes regarding diversity issues; certain people or groups may be more open to diversity than others, and students may face challenges based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
Understanding how these perceptions can influence your Education Abroad experience can go a long way toward better understanding yourself and the new culture in which you will be living. We hope the following resources will prepare you to successfully address the diversity issues you may encounter abroad: