University students (illustrative)
University students (illustrative)Israel news photo: Flash 90

The Anti-Defamation League commended Babson College for bringing an anti-Semitic incident during a 1978 Soccer match against Brandeis University back into the light as an opportunity for the broader community to learn.

Under President Leonard A. Schlesinger, Babson has recently taken a leadership role in tackling issues of diversity on campus, and as part of that effort the college has asked ADL to bring its award-winning anti-bias training program to incoming freshman students in fall 2013.

“We commend President Schlesinger for his leadership in acknowledging that anti-Semitic incidents during the 1978 school year had a profound impact on students at Babson and Brandeis,” said Robert Trestan, ADL New England Regional Director. 

“Acknowledging the past provides the entry point to institutionalize lasting change. We are grateful to Babson for recognizing that anti-bias and diversity training play a critical role in sustaining an inclusive and respectful college campus environment.”

In the coming academic year, ADL will train 500 first-year students as part of Babson College’s orientation program, followed by a week-long train-the-trainer program for faculty and staff. 

Through A CAMPUS OF DIFFERENCE, ADL works with campus leaders to establish more welcoming, inclusive and respectful environments where young adults have true opportunities to reach for their fullest potential as global citizens and leaders of tomorrow.