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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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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