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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Challenging Technical Privilege

Lately, you may have noticed attention to the plummeting decline of women entering computer science since the 1980s. Perhaps you heard the story on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. Maybe you are tired of people asking you if working in tech is like HBO’s Silicon Valley or The Big Bang Theory. “G
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Ferguson, MIT

This summer rushed by for me like a video put on fast-forward until the nation pushed the pause button following the tragic August 9 killing of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. What followed was not quite an instant replay of previous deaths of African Americans, but the similarities with past
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Elite Male Faculty Employ Fewer Women

My title has removed the words "in the Life Sciences" from the title of a paper published June 30 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  While I do not have statistics to demonstrate the universality of this conclusion, I do have some relevant experience and connections to the work to
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July 1, 2014 is the one-year anniversary of my start as MIT’s first Institute Community and Equity Officer, a new position created to advance equity and inclusion across the entire MIT campus community. It has been a wonderful year of learning, and I have been fortunate to be granted the time to deepen
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