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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
77 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
Phone
(617) 253-1000
Email address
admissions@mit.edu
School Information
"The MIT community is driven by a shared purpose: to make a better world through education, research, and innovation. We are fun and quirky, elite but not elitist, inventive and artistic, obsessed with numbers, and welcoming to talented people regardless of where they come from." The university enrolls 11,500 students and employs 2,015 faculty, across its 30 departments (in five schools and one college). (Source: https://www.mit.edu/about) (Source: https://www.mit.edu/education/)
General Information
In addition to mandating diversity, equity, and inclusion training for current students (as a requirement to register for spring classes), MIT has also lent its financial support to critical race theory advocates. The university announced that it will invest $1 million into Anti-Racist research. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • MIT mandates diversity, equity, and inclusion training for students. Training is required in order to register for spring classes.
  • MIT's women's tennis program "took the lead in the department and held four anti-racism gatherings for friends of MIT women's tennis, MIT DAPER staff and MIT community members. During these sessions, the group had open discussions on anti-racism topics, which helped move the needle in a positive direction and create further awareness and education."
Program and Research Funding
Resources
  • MIT Solve hosted a challenge event called "Antiracist Technology In The US." The challenge overview reads, "Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in the US have created resilient, culturally rich, and generous communities despite centuries of institutionalized racism, anti-Blackness, settler colonialism, and oppression. The Covid-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the disparities between BIPOC and white communities in the US, including in wealth, education, incarceration, and health."
  • MIT's Hacking Racism in Healthcare hosted an "Engineering Health Equity Hackathon."
Symbolic Actions
  • MIT's earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences department canceled its Carlson lecture (which "has a very specific format and public outreach component"), due to "current distractions." The speaker had voiced opposition against higher education's diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. The department reached out to the speaker "present his scientific work on MIT’s campus to students and faculty," in lieu of the Carlson lecture.
Last updated September 19th, 2022
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