News – 2020

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Letter regarding efforts to address systemic racism at MIT

The following letter was sent to the MIT community today by President L. Rafael Reif.

Daron Acemoglu, Kristin Bergmann, Gigliola Staffilani,Anna Mikusheva, Jesse Kroll, Caroline Jones, Alfredo Alexander-Katz,Kerri Cahoy, Larry Susskind,

Twelve MIT faculty honored as “Committed to Caring” for 2020-2021

Honor recognizes faculty mentors who devote true attention to students’ well-being.

Kow ’04 and Josie Atta-Mensah

Helping MITES Reach More Students

Attending MIT's Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science program was an inflection point for Kow Atta-Mensah ’04, now a managing director at Morgan Stanley in New York. 

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Asian-Americans are using Slack groups to explain racism to their parents

Crowdsourced translations are one way to start a difficult conversation.

Darien Williams, doctoral student in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

Darien Williams: Chronicling Black resilience to disaster

In researching disaster recovery and marginalized populations, the PhD student seeks out people with deep knowledge of their communities.

Letter to the MIT faculty: A moment of moral urgency

The following letter was sent to MIT faculty members today by Institute Community and Equity Officer John Dozier and Associate Provost Tim Jamison.

In online vigil, MIT community shares grief, anger, and hope

“If you say you care about the injustice in this nation and in this world, you have a role to play,” said Associate Dean DiOnetta Jones Crayton.

MIT Community Vigil

Our community vigil is available for re-watch here.

Admiral William McRaven, retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral and former chancellor of the University of Texas system, delivered MIT’s 2020 Commencement address.

With touches of technical wizardry, MIT holds its first online Commencement

The online ceremony featured virtual reality, crowdsourced music, a surprise visit from space, and more.

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Letter regarding Minneapolis, our nation and our community

The following letter was sent to MIT's community today by President L. Rafael Reif.

Admiral William McRaven, retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral and former chancellor of the University of Texas system, delivered MIT’s 2020 Commencement address.

William McRaven's Commencement address

"To save the world, you will have to be men and women of great integrity," McRaven told graduates.

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Weekly calls keep students connected to the Institute during a pandemic

Through the MIT Student Success Coaching program, volunteer faculty and staff check in with students to assist with whatever “bubbles up.”

Helping K-12 students overcome school closures

CovEducation matches college students with younger learners to facilitate online learning.

Afeefah Khazi-Syed and Jeba Sania

I can save the world from my livingroom

MIT engineering students Afeefah Khazi-Syed and Jeba Sania became close friends as active members of the MIT community. Now, even from a distance, their friendship and resolve to help make the world a better place continues to grow.

Older adults and high school students collaborate during the MIT AgeLab’s 2019 OMEGA Summit.

In a time of physical distancing, connecting socially across generations is more important than ever

MIT’s AgeLab offers ways to maintain conversations between younger and older adults.

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How to manage the hidden risks in remote work

Remote work can work. But without careful attention, productivity and sound decision-making will suffer.

The three winning teams from the Hack for Inclusion 2020 and the crowd's favorite pose with their checks.

Hacking the challenges that are hard to talk about

Hack for Inclusion partnered with corporations and organizations to pose 14 challenges directly related to problems those groups are currently facing.

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BCAP Fund Supports MIT Student Projects in Communities of Color

"I'm trying to impact the lives of people that I may not even get to see or that may not even go to MIT. Still, I know that over the course of the program our team will make a difference."

Renae Irving

3 Questions: Renae Irving on creating supportive learning environments for middle- and high-school students

Molecular biology researcher and MIT alumna is an Office of Engineering Outreach Programs (OEOP) instructor.

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The elephant in the server room

Catherine D’Ignazio’s new book, “Data Feminism,” examines problems of bias and power that beset modern information.

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