News – 2021

Fatima Cody Stanford, a study co-author and MD, oversaw the development of Covid-19 messages shown to Black and Latinx study participants.

Study: Covid-19 communications featuring racially diverse physicians can improve health outcomes for communities of color

Improved public health messaging to Black, Latinx, and other communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic can increase Covid-19 knowledge and information-seeking.

Blanche Staton, senior associate dean for graduate education in the Office of Graduate Education

3 Questions: Ian Waitz and Blanche Staton on MIT’s continuing commitment to graduate students

Despite the pandemic, the Office of the Vice Chancellor has continued to make progress on efforts to enhance the MIT graduate student experience.

Image: Clockwise from top left: Trina Reynolds-Tyler, Alex Y. Ding, Asha Ransby-Sporn, and Nino Brown.

Students, activists, police share views about campus safety

Forum features a range of experiences and perspectives about law enforcement and equity.

Ijeoma Oluo

Ijeoma Oluo: “What we are fighting for is Black joy”

Keynote speaker at MIT’s annual MLK Celebration says fighting white supremacy requires far more than just reducing its harm.

Orisa Coombs, a senior in mechanical engineering, hopes to reduce inequality on a local and global scale.

Reducing inequality across the globe and on campus

Through research and student leadership, senior Orisa Coombs is tackling problems including water scarcity, food insecurity, and racial injustice.

Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson to deliver MIT’s 2021 Commencement address

Public interest lawyer and social justice activist will address the Class of 2021 on June 4.

As the U.S. speeds up distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, the question of equity keeps surfacing.

Building equity into vaccine distribution

MIT economist works to show how therapies can be allocated fairly; states are now applying the method in their efforts.

Ken Granderson ’85

Building an Online Home for Black History

What do boxer Joe Frazier’s birth, the admission of the first African American student to the University of Tennessee, and the devastating earthquake that shook Haiti in 2010 have in common?

Hand holding up heart

Craft Your Brand Strategy to Ensure Racial Justice

Consumers and employees are increasingly aware of brands’ positions on equality and fairness. Brand managers should consider these four steps in developing a strategy that embraces racial justice.

Shalanda Baker

Why energy justice is a rising priority for policymakers

Communities of color bear the brunt of energy-related social, economic, and health burdens. U.S. DOE's Shalanda Baker explains how energy justice can help.

The startup Paragon One uses a virtual platform to expand access to virtual internships for students of all backgrounds.

MIT alumni broaden access to student internships

Startup Paragon One’s virtual platform allows hundreds of students to equitably benefit from internship opportunities.

Moya Bailey

3 Questions: Moya Bailey on the intersection of racism and sexism

MLK Visiting Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies and scholar of critical race, feminist, and disability studies discusses misogynoir, social media, and her work at MIT this year.