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Hundreds of members of the MIT community joined The Institute Equity and Community Office (ICEO), along with the Black Students Union (BSU), Black Women’s Alliance (BWA), Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA), Black Alumni of MIT (BAMIT), and the MIT Alumni Association at a panel discussion in the wake of recent events in Ferguson, MO and New York.

The panel discussion featured MIT faculty, alumna, staff, and students, who offered commentary on US systems of inequality based on race, as well as potential strategies to affect change in race relations at MIT and beyond. The speakers were:

Ikenna Enwere, Department of Chemical Engineering
Andrew Jones, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dean Ayida Mthembu, Student Support Services
Professor Melissa Nobles, Department of Political Science
Tammy Stevens, MIT ’96 & ’97, Office of Minority Education
Abigail Francis, Director, LGBT, Asst. Director, SAO (Moderator)

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Follow-up conversations will take place at the Institute Diversity Summit, which will take place 1-5pm on both January 29 and February 12, 2015.

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