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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Preparing for Unconscious Bias Education

One of the major recommendations made by many groups at MIT over the past several years is that all community members be offered information about unconscious bias, which is the automatic reliance on a stereotype while making judgments or decisions. Psychologists and neuroscientists have for many years
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Values of a university community

In the days since the US presidential election of 2016, uncertainty and unease have gripped many communities, especially college campuses. MIT is no exception. Students shared hopes and fears in Lobby 7, President Reif reassured community members that "Whatever may change in Washington, I believe there
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Responding to a national crisis in race relations

On July 5, 2016, Alton Sterling was killed by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a video of the shooting was made public. The next day, Philando Castile was killed in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and a video of the aftermath was made public. The result was widespread distress and anger, especially in c
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Community Conversations: Race and Diversity at MIT

Post-dialogue survey question: "What was your favorite part of the event?" Attendee response: "Being nudged to start an uncomfortable conversation, and being able to listen to learn how to help!" On December 16, 2015, 200 MIT community members gathered to share in an important, uncomfortable, and ultima
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