MIT SHASS Communications | Resources and Materials
 




Great Ideas Change the World 

The SHASS Communications group, located in the Office of the Dean, shares the research, programs, and resources of MIT SHASS 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 SHASS disciplines. 

The strategic communications initiative for SHASS, which began in January 2008, is guided by Dean Melissa Nobles and directed by 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 new works for publication;
Develop, write, and design feature and news stories about the School's research, teaching, and people;
Collaborate with communications colleagues across the Institute; and
Build community within and beyond the School.

A touchstone concept for our materials, reflecting the power of the School's research and teaching, comes from the SHASS tagline: Great Ideas Change the World. In all our work, SHASS Communications collaborates closely with faculty, staff, and creative colleagues across the Institute.


Who We Are

Communications Director
Strategist, Editorial Director, Senior Designer
Emily Hiestand

Senior Communications Assistant
Staff Writer, Assistant Webmaster
Alison Lanier

Consulting Writers
Kathryn O'Neill, Senior Writer/Associate News Manager
Elizabeth Karagianis
Leda Zimmerman

Associate Designer/Production
Andrea Golden

Photographers
Jonathan Sachs, Allegra Boverman
 


Creative Assets

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:
 

Graphic Identity
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 Magazine
      A monthly online image-rich digest combining news, research, profiles, and multimedia;
       distributed via eAnnouncement, website, and social media

Website | Features
    Mission
    Fields of Study, online overview of the School's disciplines
    Information portals for Undergraduates, Graduates, Faculty, and Staff
    Research for a Better World
    News
    Bookshelf
    The Listening Room | MIT's finest Music online  
    TOUR de SHASS online, designed for Undergraduates
    Dean's Office team and contacts
    Funding and Fellowship Application Information
 




Opinion and commentary pieces
The Power of the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at MIT

Exhibition
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 very popular station on the MIT Tours. Prosepctive students, their parents, and other visitors often linger to look at the exhibits, take photographs, and write and draw messages on the interactive chalkboards. 
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.

Profile Packet
Overview of all MIT SHASS academic areas + individual profiles of each unit
Individual profiles are available to each unit for printing.

News
MIT SHASS Communications includes one of the most robust news groups on campus, producing research and feature stories, interviews, profiles, award announcements, and special publications, such as Election Insights, and the ongoing Human Factors Series. Our publications appear on the SHASS website, MIT News, and social media channels.

Social Media
Facebook and Twitter accounts (campus, national, and international reach)
SHASS Facebook is one of the more active social media channels at MIT, reaching a large and engaged international community.

Multimedia
SlideDecks for presentations 
Audio SlideShows on School research and creative endeavors
Photogalleries on website and Flickr  
Video collection

The Listening Room - MIT Music Online
A online curated collection of the finest works from MIT's Music Program

Collateral Materials
Posters, brochures, books, bookmarks, invitations, note cards
Signage 
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