The Office of Multicultural Programs hosted another successful Multicultural Conference this February, as undergraduate and graduate students from around MIT gathered together at the Endicott House to discuss diversity, inclusion, and meritocracy and how it influences their student experience. More than 25 students spend Friday and Saturday with their peers and MIT staff to discuss concerns, obstacles, and opportunities surrounding diversity and inclusion for the various communities that make up MIT, even after MC^2 was postponed two weeks due to the major snowstorm that rolled through New England early in February.
Arriving Friday night, the evening was spent getting to know one another, making initial connections, and starting to make those bonds across dorm and organization lines that would sustain individuals and the group into the next day. Ice was broken, and experiences shared, reflected upon, and valued. Friday was spent getting to know each other and getting comfortable in opening up around each other, so true opinions could be voiced and action taken.
Saturday started with a keynote speech by Dean Stuart Schmill from MIT Admissions, followed by students discussing topics ranging from micro aggressions to how media represents culture, religion and socioeconomic status, and how all of these various aspects of our identities intersect with each other. Delving deep into the MIT experience was the key to Saturday, as students engaged in topics that they encountered daily back at the Institute, but may not have time to discuss openly in the hustle and bustle of academic life here at MIT.
We hope that MC^2 was of value to the students who attended this year, offering a chance to take a breather, look at what was going on around them and around MIT, and reflecting on what diversity and inclusion means to them. If you are interested in getting involved in efforts happening here on campus, please contact the Director of the Office of Multicultural Programs, La-Tarri Canty (email@example.com). Opportunities include involvement with PEACE, a new student organization committed to bringing students together to discuss issues like diversity and inclusion, and serving on the MC^2 2014 Planning Committee.
We hope to see you all at MC^2 2014, and thank you to everyone who came to MC^2 2013!