Black Lives Matter: A community-based, solutions-oriented dialogue on race at MIT
December 10, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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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)
- MIT community engages in dialogue on race. President Reif: Winterfest protestors “are asking us to listen, to collaborate, and to act.” MIT News Office, December 11, 2014.
- INTUITIVELY OBVIOUS: Saying it loud. Reflections on racism at the Institute and beyond. By Chanda Prescod-Weinstein in The Tech, December 5, 2014.
- INTUITIVELY OBVIOUS: Our white privilege. By Professor Ed Bertschinger and Professor Ruth Perry in The Tech, December 9, 2014.
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.
Events are open to all community members. We welcome people of every identity, ability/disability, and background, and will strive to meet all needs for full participation.