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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Hacking the MIT Culture

On Thursday, January 29, MIT held the first session of its annual Institute Diversity Summit. The afternoon consisted of an opening address Hacking the MIT Culture followed by facilitated small-group dialogues and a set of parallel workshops (Intercultural Communication, The Dynamics of Gender and Privi
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Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter

The wounds of racism, stereotyping and disrespect are bleeding again making the second half of 2014 a difficult one for many around the nation and at MIT.  The death of police officers protecting the public in New York, and of unarmed black people in several cities around the U.S., has led to anger, pro
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Preparing a report for the MIT community

For the last nine months I have been working on a report about the MIT community and culture -- a user's guide and strategic plan for advancing a more respectful and caring community.  The report is nearly complete, and now is a good time to begin reflection on the process. I began my role as ICEO with
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