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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Community Conversations: MIT Culture and Values

The first recommendation of the ICEO Report Advancing a Respectful and Caring Community is to assemble a representative working group to write a brief statement of what we aspire to as a community and what we expect of one another as MIT community members. By analogy with the Mayflower Compact agreed to
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Community Conversations: MIT Students and Police

In his Charge to the Graduates of 2015, MIT President Rafael Reif once again called on the graduates to “hack the world” to make it a little more like MIT: more humble, more respectful, more generous and more kind. More rigorous, inventive, and ambitious. One of the examples he shared was he students wh
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Learning from black women in physics

This week more than 500 physicists gathered in Baltimore for the 2015 annual conference of the National Society of Black Physicists to advance the success of black physicists and thereby to enhance the scientific leadership of the United States. It is inspiring to meet students from all over the country
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