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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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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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Despite snowstorm, MC^2 forges on!

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.

Getting ready for MC^2

Getting ready for MC^2

Breaking the ice.

Breaking the ice.

Learning about teamwork and communication

Learning about teamwork and communication

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.

Workshop activities.

Workshop activities.

Presentation time.

Presentation time.

Be an Ally.

Be an Ally.

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 (lcanty@mit.edu).  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.

Thank you everyone for a great MC^2!

Thank you everyone for a great MC^2!

We hope to see you all at MC^2 2014, and thank you to everyone who came to MC^2 2013!

–Joel P.

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