Breakfast & Registration
8-8:45 am Lobby 10
Welcome and Opening Remarks (includes a videotaped message from President Hockfield)
8:45- 9 am 10-250
Diversity and Excellence at MIT
9-9:10 am 10-250
Executive Vice President Israel Ruiz
Panel Discussion: Diversity and Excellence
9:10-10:30 am 10-250
Lotte Bailyn, Edmund Bertschinger, Eric Grimson, Wesley Harris
Facilitator, Emma Teng
Panel Discussion: Diversity and Excellence—Focus on MIT Undergrad, Grad, and Postdoc scholars
10:45-11:45 am 10-250
Eric Boyer, ’13; Alex Evans, ‘G; Laura Lopez, Postdoc Fellow; Sophie Ni, ‘G
Facilitator, Bomy Lee Chung
Referencing the earlier discussion, panelists will share their experience with diversity and excellence and suggest ways to improve the climate.
Break-out Sessions: Lessons Learned
12-12:45 pm Locations to be announced
Lunch and Keynote Speaker: Evelynn Hammonds, PhD
Dean of Harvard College, Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies
12:45-2 pm 34-401A/401B (Grier Rooms) with overflow in 36-428/462 (RLE Conference Rooms) & 37-252 (Marlar Lounge)
Concurrent Sessions on Diversity and Excellence (Open to all but directed to specific audiences)
2:15-3:15 pm Locations to be announced
Implicit Bias: For all members of MIT community FULL/AT CAPACITY
Robbin Chapman, Associate Provost and Academic Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Wellesley College
Influence on judgment is called "bias." When assumptions and stereotypes influence our attitudes, we may find making a fair judgment about someone difficult. What we believe to be objective action may be unduly influenced by unconscious bias. In this session, we will unpack the causes of bias, check for it, and with practice, minimize its influence on our decisions. Our goal is to heighten awareness of our attitudes, perceptions and feelings as we move throughout a multicultural society. Be prepared for a hands-on thinking and learning experience.
Cultural Awareness for more Effective Intercultural Communication at Work: For staff and faculty FULL/AT CAPACITY
Bhaskar Pant, Executive Director, Professional Education Program, School of Engineering
At MIT, staff, students, and faculty come from different corners of the world, and many of us interact with international partners and clients outside the U.S. In this interactive seminar, you will become aware of visible and invisible cultural differences and how they impact both in person and virtual interactions across cultures. You will learn about your own “cultural behavior” and will hear tips for more effective intercultural communication.
Impostor Syndrome: For students FULL/AT CAPACITY
Sebastian Velez, Assistant Dean of Academic Programs, Office of Minority Education
Have you ever felt like everybody but you knows what they are doing? Do you sometimes feel like MIT made a mistake in admitting you? You may be suffering from the impostor syndrome. This session will explore the roots of the feelings of being an impostor, and ways to mitigate them.
Being a Transgender Ally: For all members of the MIT community
Abigail Francis, Director, LBGT, Assistant Director, Student Activities Office
Have you ever heard the term Transgender, GenderQueer, Intersex, or Cisgender? Can you describe the difference between sex, gender, and sexuality? Are you aware that people who identify as transgender and/or gender variant face harassment and discrimination even at "progressive" places like MIT? Please join us for information and a discussion about being inside and outside of the gender binary. Come learn more about the facts, the challenges, and the role you and others can play as an ally and advocate.
3:15-3:30 pm 34-401A/401B (Grier Rooms)