Institute Diversity Summit 2012

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Friday, January 27, 2012

Institute Diversity Summit 2012
January 27, 2012
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Are you interested in learning about and discussing how diversity and excellence go hand-in-hand? Come join us for the Institute Diversity Summit 2012 on Friday, January 27, 2012, co-sponsored by the Committee on Race and Diversity and the Council on Staff Diversity and Inclusion.

The Summit--- a collaboration among faculty, students, and staff--- will be an opportunity to hear perspectives from various members of the MIT community, as well as leaders beyond MIT. We hope you can come to one or all of the sessions and participate in the conversation.

UPDATE: We will be able to accommodate on-site registrations on a space-available basis. Please check with the on-site registration desk on Friday, January 27 (in Lobby 10 at 8:00 am and outside the Grier Room beginning at 11:00 am) for availability.

Online Registration

Online registration until January 18, 2012.  Space cannot be guaranteed for any registration that is not submitted online by this date.  Advance registration is strongly encouraged. 

Registration Desk Hours

Registered participants should pick up their name badge & materials at the on-site registration desk which will be available in Lobby 10 at 8:00 am on January 27 and outside the Grier Room (Building 34 4th floor atrium) beginning at 11:00 am. 

Summit Schedule

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. 
Wrap Up
3:15-3:30 pm        34-401A/401B (Grier Rooms) 

What's Included

Registration includes all sessions on Friday, January 27; lunch and coffee breaks; and any meeting materials. 

Cancellations & Changes

Requests for cancellations, substitutions or other changes may be made online until January 18, 2012.  To cancel or make a change after that date, please send email to  

Registration Questions

Please contact the MIT Conference Services Office

    Phone: 617-253-1700
    Fax: 617-258-7005

Program Information
Please contact Debroah Hodges Pabon at or 617-253-5264 for more information. (Lincoln Laboratory staff should contact Bill Kindred at or 781-981-5380.)


To request disability accommodation, please contact MIT Conference Services at