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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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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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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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