A Million by May
This gift recognizes my support of the vision and leadership of President Johnson and how he has profoundly transformed the institution. Becker, like Southwest Airlines, is definitely ‘going places.’ The new Center will not only serve as a model for success for other higher education institutions, but will also provide students with the knowledge they need to successfully navigate whatever lies ahead, so they can change the world for the better.
The Colleen C. Barrett Center for Global Leadership will offer a range of activities that fully develop the knowledge and skills students need to succeed in a challenging, evolving marketplace by applying divergent thinking skills and innovation in ways that will benefit society as a whole.
Included within the Center will be a the Yunus Social Business Centre @ Becker College, the Women’s Leadership Institute, designed to develop both female and male entrepreneurial leaders, and the MassDiGI New Ventures Center, which will serve as an incubator space to support video game, app, and high-tech student startups, and to assist in economic development and job creation throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
We must challenge students to build upon the three pillars of global citizenship— academic excellence, social responsibility, and creative expression— to embrace the opportunities inherent in a complex and hyperconnected world. College graduates must be prepared to adapt and succeed in a dynamic future—one where jobs as we know them may no longer exist, career mobility is the norm, and individuals are responsible for their brand and their business model, and must continuously build their [future] value. This imperative leads Becker College in preparing students with an “Agile Mindset,” a set of uniquely human skills that merge learning agility with a value-creation orientation. Graduates are prepared not only for their career trajectories, but also to embrace the myriad challenges and opportunities the future presents.
The Colleen C. Barrett Center for Global Leadership will support the institution-wide commitment to developing an agile mindset in all graduates by serving as the focal point for a number of strategic initiatives, including: summer institutes, workshops and boot camps, faculty training, and industry-engaged partnerships that provide corporations, nonprofits, and other enterprises with the opportunity to engage faculty and students in entrepreneurial, innovative and collaborative partnerships. The first floor will offer a variety of academic, social and collaboration spaces including study pods, multipurpose rooms, computer labs, and presentation spaces.
In addition to student collaboration rooms, study pods, and offices, the second floor will be home to the new Yunus Social Business Centre @ Becker College. The Yunus Social Business Centre @ Becker College complements our mission to provide a transformational learning experience to each student, and expands the global concept of education we provide. We believe in Professor Yunus’ approach to social business because business is uniquely positioned to address need, create value, and drive profit which, in turn, can expand the reach, impact, and sustainability of the solution. Professor Yunus believes this approach of applying business to social problems is more scaleable and resilient than any other strategy.