Category Archives: Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity Leadership Retreat – Sign up soon!

Diversity Leadership Retreat is back again in it’s second year, and it offers some amazing opportunities to explore your views on leadership and how it is intertwined with creating inclusive communities.

Diversity Leadership Retreat takes place from Friday, Oct. 16th to Sunday Oct. 18th, and is free to all MIT students who sign up.  The application deadline is Friday Oct. 9th, so sign up soon soon soon!  DLR takes place at the very pretty and very awesome Camp Burgess in Sandwich MA!

Leadership + Babbling Brooks + Free = Awesome!

 

With a variety of activities, including low ropes courses, the Diversity Leadership Retreat is a different kind of retreat, but something that will leave a lasting impression on your time here at MIT.

Just like bears like to hang out in nature together, you can come hang out with fellow MITers in nature too!

 

Learn more here at studentlife.mit.edu/diversity-leadership-retreat and sign up by this Friday!

 

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People over PSets: Multicultural Conference 2015 is coming soon!

Lots of news stories and stories of humanity have broken in our community, across our region, our nation, and across the globe these past few months.  Whether it was the attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris and the subsequent discussions of free speech and freedom of the press, or the work of MIT students, staff, and faculty to bring to campus discussions about the #blacklivesmatter movement, and how to transform that power into last change.

There are things we need to talk about, conversations we need to have, and topics we need to learn more about.

Unlike Ron Swanson, we actually want to talk to you about this issues.

MIT’s Student Activities Office and Office of Multicultural Programs hosts an annual Multicultural Conference (MC^2) which delves deep into the issues affecting our community and our globe, and we want you to join us this year!

Taking place at the Endicott House from Friday, Feb. 5th after class to the evening of Saturday, Feb. 6th, this conference will feature discussions around the topic of “People over Psets: Tools for Building Community,” and is a must-attend opportunity!

Grab a coffee, let’s chat.

Find more info at http://studentlife.mit.edu/omp/mc2 and register soon, spaces are going fast!!!

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Last Minute Announcement: A Community Gathering

Earlier this week, Institute Community and Equity Officer Edmund Bertschinger emailed our community about the opportunity to discuss, reflect, and learn together about the events unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri. The events happening in Missouri influence what happens on our own campus and around the nation, and we appreciate the chance to talk and come to understand this situation better amongst our community.

If you are around today, and have some time, we highly encourage you to stop by and take part, however is most comfortable for you, in this gathering. Information is below.

ICEO Community Gathering
Date: Friday, August 22, 2014
Time: Noon – 3 pm
Location: MIT Bush Room, 10-105

Noon – 12:30 pm
Refreshments/water provided or bring your own lunch

12:30 pm – 12:45 pm
Welcome – Ed Bertschinger, Institute Community and Equity Officer
Words of inspiration – Robert Randolph, MIT Chaplain

12:45 pm – 1:15 pm
Viewing of selected videos
Affinity groups announcements

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Guest Speaker – Malia Lazu, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Future Boston Alliance
MIT Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) Mel King Community Fellow, Class of 2011

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm
Facilitated conversations

As we start our new academic year together, it is our hope that we are able to do so in solidarity as a community committed to peace.

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Register for MC^2 Soon!

Registration for the 2014 Multicultural Conference is open and filling up fast!  This conference, which happens annually at the beginning of the spring semester, is a unique opportunity to get away from campus for a couple of days, and really dig deep and discuss with peers and friends about creating and fostering a more inclusive MIT.  Held at the Endicott House, enjoy a weekend of interesting keynotes, engaging presentations, and the opportunity to engage your peers in discussion around topics you care about that can lead to positive change for our campus.  Connections can be made, plans can be formed, and action can be taken that can help transform MIT into a more inclusive environment for every student here.

We invite you to be a part of this conference experience, so that you can be the change you want to see at MIT.  This conference is FREE for all MIT students, so REGISTER soon!

MC^2 is February 7th and 8th, at the MIT Endicott House, is free for all students, and transportation and meals are provided for all attendees.

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Get your FEAST on!

No, we aren’t talking about Thanksgiving next week – we are talking about the THE FEAST!

Hosted by the Office of Multicultural Programs and the Student Activities Office, The Feast will feature food from a variety of local vendors that represent a wide array of cultures and culinary style.  There will be student performances from some of our very own cultural groups on campus, entertainment you will surely not want to miss!  There will also be a chance to win a gift card to some of the restaurants who will be providing food that evening.

We can’t wait to see everyone this Thursday from 4pm – 6pm on the 3rd Floor of W20!

Thank you to all the students, grad staff, staff, and vendors who are making this exciting event happen!

 

— Joel P.

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OMP Showcase and Mixer is a success!

Our latest blog post comes from the new group of graduate assistants for the Office of Multicultural Programs!  Look for a profile blog post for all of the new SAO graduate students soon.

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The Multicultural Showcase and Mixer hosted by the Office of Multicultural Programs was a great success. Hosts and attendees alike, had a wonderful time. The event took place on September 9, 2013, in the student center. Student groups from all cultural backgrounds came together to meet their advisor, Ms. La-Tarri Canty, as well as the new graduate assistants: Christopher Espinoza, Onyinye Oriji, and Qingyi Yu.

New OMP Graduate Students Christopher Espinoza, Onyinye Oriji, and Qingyi Yu

New OMP Graduate Students Christopher Espinoza, Onyinye Oriji, and Qingyi Yu

Attendees enjoyed free food provided by the Office of Multicultural Programs, and a prize give-away.  Winners of the give-away were awarded some great pieces of MIT swag from the campus bookstore, including  t-shirts, bags, coffee cups, lanyards, key chains, a blanket, and a MIT flag. In addition to the give-away, the participants also a played a intense game of diversity BINGO which encouraged individuals to break out of their comfort zone and meet some new friends.

SAO Director Leah Flynn welcomes student leaders to the Mixer

SAO Director Leah Flynn welcomes student leaders to the Mixer

OMP Director La-Tarri Canty explaining the evening's activities to the students in attendance

OMP Director La-Tarri Canty explaining the evening’s activities to the students in attendance

Students move around to complete their Bingo Boards.

Students move around to complete their Bingo Boards.

–Christopher, Onyinye, and Qingyi

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Celebrating the First OMP Awards Banquet!

This past week, the Office of Multicultural Programs, the youngest office within the MIT Student Activities Office, celebrated another first – the First Office of Multicultural Programs Annual Awards Banquet!

Planned by OMP Graduate Advisors Jeannette Plascencia and Annie Behari, and advised by La-Tarri Canty, Director of the Office of Multicultural Programs, the banquet took place in Morss Hall, and honored students, staff, and faculty from around the Institute for their positive work in advancing diversity work around the campus.  Award winners and organizational representatives have been essential in building community on our campus, and have been key in creating and maintaining discussion around the complex issues of inclusivity at MIT.

Congratulations to all of our Award winners, and we hope to see more of you all next year.  Keep up the great work everyone!

PEACE Programming Board

PEACE Programming Board

Representatives from Amphibious Achievement

Representatives from Amphibious Achievement

Representatives of the International Student Association

Representatives of the International Student Association

Sam Daswani- Senior Student Leader of the Year

Sam Daswani- Senior Student Leader of the Year

Staff Member Katrina Hill wins an award

Staff Member Katrina Hill wins an award

Congratulations to the OMP for a great year!

Congratulations to the OMP for a great year!

 

 

 

 

 

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