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, and a small group of superb freelance specialists. 

What We Do

Working closely with the Dean, 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 and their significance;
Develop, write, and design feature and news stories about the School's research, programs, and people;
Collaborate with communications colleagues in myriad MIT offices; and
Build community within the School and across the Institute. 

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.

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
Symbol Concept and Design
Other elements of 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 e-Announcement, website, and social media

Website | Features
    Fields of Study tour
    TOUR de SHASS, designed for Undergraduates
    News and Feature Stories
    Community Profiles
    Research Portfolio 
    Calendar of Events
    Multimedia Collection
    The Listening Room | MIT's finest Music online  
    Undergraduate classes and information
    Dean's Office team and contacts
    Information for Undergraduates, Graduates, Faculty and Staff
    Funding and Fellowship Application Information

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
Dean's Display Case, located at 4-212

Collaborations across the Institute
Ongoing creative collaborations with colleagues at MIT Spectrum, the MIT News Office, Resource Development, Admissions, and other groups

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

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 Factor Series. Our publications appear on the SHASS website and on MIT News.

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.

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
Print-outs (from any page of the website)
Product design, aka School Swag!: lamp, SHASSlight, flashdrive, ties, scarf, mug, umbrella, tote bags, etc.
Announcements in The Tech
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