News – 2018

Letter regarding update on MIT's support of its DACA students

The following email was sent yesterday to the MIT community by Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart.

Event explores initial findings from “MIT and Slavery” class

Students bring the Institute into national conversation about universities and the institution of slavery in the United States.

Exploring his depth of field

Photographer, poet, and PhD student in biological engineering Corban Swain pursues diverse interests with a keen eye.

MIT Black History Project launches new website

Digital archive features never-before-published image of MIT's first black woman student.

MIT releases findings on relation to slavery, founder William Barton Rogers was a slaveholder

Students research connections between the Institute and slavery in new course

3Q: T.L. Taylor on diversity in e-sports

MIT sociologist’s “AnyKey” initiative aims to level the playing field of online sports.

Sealing the cracks in public education

MIT senior Yazmin Guzman wants to change the educational landscape to provide opportunities to all K-12 students.

MIT class reveals, explores Institute’s connections to slavery

Findings show founder William Barton Rogers possessed enslaved persons before coming to MIT; research, community dialogue to ensue.

Study finds gender and skin-type bias in commercial artificial-intelligence systems

Examination of facial-analysis software shows error rate of 0.8 percent for light-skinned men, 34.7 percent for dark-skinned women.

Cornel West advocates the “examined life” on campus

In MIT talk, prominent philosopher urges self-reflection to keep academic institutions vital and fair.

MLK luncheon: “What matters is what you’re doing”

Former NFL player Wade Davis gives keynote talk at annual event, reflects on his life as a gay black athlete.

Work continues toward a more diverse, inclusive MIT

Many of the changes recommended by black students in 2015 have been implemented; departmental discussions are ongoing.

Graduate Student Council launches inclusion initiative

Student representatives called "conduits" are discussing best practices and planning ways to implement diversity and inclusion programs campus-wide.

Contest seeks writing about bicultural experiences

The Isabelle de Courtivron Writing Prize is seeking student writing submissions about immigrant, diaspora, bicultural, bilingual, and/or mixed-race experiences.

3Q: D. Fox Harrell on his video game for the #MeToo era

The computer scientist’s group has designed a game that gets players to reflect on sexual misconduct in the workplace.

Two from AeroAstro named to Aviation Week's “20 Twenties” for 2018

Grad students Alexa Aguilar and Arthur J. Brown receive honor that recognizes outstanding student academic performance, civic contributions, and research.

MindHandHeart announces record number of Innovation Fund winners

From indoor lawns to meditative drawing classes, the selected projects aim to make MIT a more healthy and welcoming place.