2016-17: The new normal?

Academic year 2016-17 began in early July 2016 with a painful national outbreak of violence between police and black people including the police killing of unarmed men in Minnesota and Baton Rouge and the murder of several police in Dallas. In response to this shock and its impact on many at MIT, on Jul
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A year of dialogue and collaboration

Academic year 2015-16 was a busy time for community and equity at MIT, with major efforts made to advance two of the main recommendations of the ICEO report: the MIT Compact and unconscious bias workshops. It was also a year of community conversations and of student activism leading to an unusual collab
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A year of activism: 2014-15

The second year of my tenure as Institute Community and Equity Officer began with a somber set of events nationally with the shooting unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The resulting protests nationally spread quickly to college campuses through the #Bl
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Creation of the ICEO position

What is an ICEO and why does MIT have one? The Institute Community and Equity Officer (ICEO) was established in July 2014, with the appointment of Professor Edmund Bertschinger. The new position replaced the previous dual position of Associate Provosts for Faculty Equity. It is intended to help MIT to m
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Departmental Values Statements: Process and Relationships

The top recommendation of the ICEO Report was that MIT prepare a brief statement of what we aspire to as a community and what we expect of one another as community members. This MIT Compact was to be written by a fully representative working group and not imposed from the top. The rationale behind the C
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