MIT SHASS Communications | Resources and Materials
Great Ideas Change the World
The MIT SHASS Communications group, located in the Office of the Dean, shares the research, programs, and resources of the School with communities within MIT and around the world. Through a wide range of initiatives, publications, and channels, the team helps articulate and advance the mission of MIT's humanities, arts, and social science disciplines.
The strategic communications initiative for MIT SHASS, which began in January 2008, has been guided by former Deans Deborah Fitzgerald (2008-2015), Melissa Nobles (2015-2021), and current Interim Dean Agustín Rayo (August 2018—) and led by Communications Director Emily Hiestand, with support from the Dean's Office staff, a small group of superb freelance specialists, and great communication colleagues across the Institute.
What We Do
Working closely with the Dean and School leadership, we:
Envision and develop the School's communication strategy and infrastructure;
Shape key messages for audiences within and beyond the Institute;
Develop the visual identity and editorial voice of the School's communications;
Work closely with the SHASS faculty to identify important ideas and projects for publication;
Develop, write, and design feature and news stories about the School's research, teaching, and people;
Collaborate with journalists on news articles and broadcast segments;
Advise faculty on engagement with media opportunities;
Raise the visibility of the School's work and impact via social media and other digital channels;
Collaborate with communications colleagues across the Institute; and
Build community within and beyond the School.
Who We Are
Strategist, Editorial Director, Senior Designer, Webmaster, Social Media Manager
Media Relations Manager
Strategist, liaison with external media
Senior Communications Associate
Staff Writer, Assistant Webmaster
Senior Writer, Associate News Manager
Jonathan Sachs, Allegra Boverman
Design: Emily Hiestand and Jonathan Sachs
Development: Robert J. Wilt
Webmasters: Emily Hiestand; Alison Lanier, assistant
Some of our communication works include: a feature-rich website; a monthly online publication, Said and Done; regular news and feature stories; original photography; content for three social media channels; distinctive image/text presentations for audiences at home and around the globe; Op-Eds; collateral and printed materials; The Listening Room, an online, curated collection of MIT’s finest music; the annual TOUR de SHASS student expo; and the "Great Ideas" exhibit, a permanent campus installation in Building 14 near the Hayden Library.
Here is an overview of the principal elements and channels in our program:
Tagline concept is an echo of the MIT motto, mens et manus
Other elements of the School's visual identity
(composition, color palette, typography, approach to photography, etc.)
Said and Done digest
A monthly online image-rich digest combining news, research, profiles, and multimedia;
distributed via eAnnouncement, website, and social media
Website | Features
Fields of Study, online overview of the School's disciplines
Education: Undergraduate and Graduate
TOUR de SHASS online, designed for Undergraduates
Information portals for Undergraduates, Graduates, Faculty, and Staff
The Listening Room | MIT's finest Music online
Dean's Office team and contacts
Funding and Fellowship Application Information
Climate MIT | MIT SHASS section
Addressing the Political, Cultural, and Economic Dimensions of Climate Change
Opinion and commentary pieces
The Power of the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at MIT
Great Ideas Exhibit, a permanent exhibit on the MIT-SHASS fields, in Building 14. This exhibit, which displays all the programs in the School, as well as a changing Gallery Wall of news and features, has become a popular station on the MIT Tours.
About + Photographs
Collaborations across the Institute
Ongoing creative collaborations with colleagues at the MIT News Office, MIT Spectrum, Communications Initiatives, Resource Development, Admissions, and the MIT Alumni Association.
Overview of all MIT SHASS academic areas + individual profiles of each unit
Individual profiles are available to each unit for printing.
Working with two superb freelance photographers we regularly commission photographs of faculty, students, classroom projects, creative works, and events to accompany our editorial publications.
News, Features, Interviews
MIT SHASS Comm is one of the most robust editorial groups on campus, producing research and feature stories, interviews, profiles, award announcements, and special publications, such as Election Insights, the ongoing Human Factors Series, nad special occasion books, such as The Musical Institute of Technology. Our publications are distributed via the SHASS website, MIT News website, social media channels, and monthly newsletters.
Facebook and Twitter accounts (campus, national, and international reach)
SlideDecks for presentations
Audio SlideShows on School research and creative endeavors
Photogalleries on website and Flickr
The Listening Room - MIT Music Online
A online curated collection of the finest works from MIT's Music Program
Posters, brochures, books, bookmarks, invitations, note cards
Product design, aka School Swag!: lamp, SHASSlight, flashdrive, ties, scarf, mug, umbrella, tote bags, etc.
Multi-material annual campaigns for Dean's Office sponsored projects, e.g.
TOUR de SHASS event, De Florez Humor Fund, Levitan Teaching Awards,
Burchard Scholars, Palitz Fellowship, Kelly-Douglas Prize, Infinite Mile Awards,
Muh Award, and other special events