On August 7, Babson hosted the welcome reception for the Management Faculty of Color Association’s (MFCA) 2019 annual conference at the College’s downtown Boston location.
Now in its 18th year, MFCA promotes and supports the professional development of African American, Hispanic American, and Native American business management faculty through workshops, networking activities, and mentoring opportunities.
Babson has been an active supporter and partner of MFCA for six years, and earned an award recognizing that support in 2015. Partnerships with organizations like MFCA enable Babson to attract and promote faculty who reflect increasing diversity in the classroom, said President Stephen Spinelli, Jr. MBA ‘92, PhD.
“Higher education is being disrupted, and institutions are contending with serious headwinds,” said Spinelli. “I believe that collaboration–which enables and is enabled by, enhances and is enhanced by, diversity–is the path forward. Despite the changes and challenges facing higher education, at our core, we are committed to educating leaders who will increase opportunity and create a better world.”
Babson continues to partner with the MFCA and organizations like the PhD Project, a nonprofit that helps Black/African Americans, Hispanic/LatinX, and Native Americans attain their business PhD and become the business professors who will mentor the next generation of leaders, and build a diverse faculty talent pipeline.
“These organizations build and strengthen community, help forge relationships for cultural support, and promote collaborative research, publications, and coaching,” said Sadie Burton-Goss, Babson’s chief diversity and inclusion officer. “Many of Babson’s faculty members are PhD Project scholars and associated with the MFCA. Our College has benefited tremendously from this partnership.”
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