DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION | MIT SHASS PROGRAM

Timeline
 


 

This timeline makes it easy to see and follow developments, projects, highlights, and plans in our DEI program. 

 



SPRING 2021

 
INSTITUTE PLANNING
 

Call to share input on diversity, equity, and inclusion proposal
MIT shares the first draft of its Five-year Strategic Action Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Draft for comment, 31 March 2021

 



SUMMER 2021

PROGRAM LAUNCH
 

MIT welcomes six new assistant deans for diversity, equity, and inclusion
The Institute's five schools and the College of Computing will have dedicated professional staff to advance initiatives locally and across the Institute.
Story

3 Questions: Martin Schmidt on MIT’s Strategic Action Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
MIT's provost discusses how community building, collaboration, accountability, and critical investments will build a more impactful MIT.
Interview at MIT News, 17 August 2021

 


SUMMER TO EARLY FALL 2021

 

LISTENING TOUR + DISCOVERY
 

Tracie Jones, the MIT SHASS Assistant Dean for DEI  has been conducting extensive outreach to meet the MIT and MIT SHASS community. She has been engaging in conversations with the SHASS Dean, Dean's Office staff, department heads, faculty, and School staff to learn about current DEI initatives and areas of opportunities to enhance DEI efforts. Dean Jones also attends bi-weekly meetings with the ICEO team and other ADeans for DEI. Her immediate goal is to listen and learn about MIT and MIT's humanities, arts, and social science disciplines. She welcomes new ideas and new thinking to build community and identify areas of interest and concern in the SHASS community.
 

DEVELOP INITIAL SHASS DEI COMMUNICATIONS 
 

SHASS DEI Websection
Landing Page: Overview, Resources
Gallery: Stories, Events, Commentaries
Timeline
Events Pages

SHASS DEI Identity Materials
Emblem, poster, information cards

Regular Communication Updates
Entry in the monthly Said and Done digest
Social media and email cadence established
 


FALL TERM 2021

 

PLANNING FOR INITIAL PROJECTS


Conduct + Analyze Survey
survey conducted; analysis in progress
Develop/send survey on DEI concepts and issues to SHASS faculty and staff
There have been 277 responses to the survey from staff and faculty, representing all the SHASS academic units.
Dean Jones is currently analyzing the sruvey data
Goals: To understand the range of views/opinions in SHASS; to discern where best to focus the School's DEI efforts

Planning for a new Publication Series: "On Culture"
Series explores culture and culture change. 
Work on the series is now underway; Launch planned for March 2022

Goals: Call on the collective intelligence of the SHASS community to better articulate the nature, complexity, pace, opportunities, and challenges of culture change; develop insight (for SHASS, MIT, and beyond) into culture change from different lenses, disciplines, and demographic experiences; develop potential tactics and approaches that can lead to successful culture change.

Lunchtime Series: Discussions, Dilemmas, and Debates
planning in progress
Participants will read a case before the gathering, and discuss it over lunch
Primarily designed for members of the SHASS staff

Events
Exploring a range of events, including
MITAA webinar for the MITAA Forum on Equity
Collaboration with the MIT STARR Forum on Culture Change
 


SPRING TERM 2022

 

New publication series launched: "On Culture"
Series explores culture and culture change.

Goals: Call on the collective intelligence of the SHASS community to better articulate the nature, complexity, pace, opportunities, and challenges of culture change; develop insight (for SHASS, MIT, and beyond) on culture and culture change from different lenses, disciplines, and demographic experiences; develop potential tactics and approaches that can lead to successful culture change.

First commentary

Portrait of MIT Professor Heather Paxson
 

Culture is a meaning-making practice

Heather Paxson, Wm. Kenan Jr. Professor of Anthropology

"Anthropologists originated the modern understanding of 'culture,' as describing a shared field of beliefs, values, and habituated ways of behaving that give meaning to daily life. What does anthropology have to say about “MIT culture”?

 


SUMMER 2022

 

Launch Newsletter

 


EVENTS UNDER CONSIDERATION 2022


Lunchtime Series: Discussions, Dilemmas, and Debates
planning in progress
Participants will read a case before the gathering, and discuss it over lunch
Primarily designed for members of the SHASS staff

Events
Exploring a range of events, including:
MITAA webinar for the MITAA Forum on Equity
Webinar on Culture and Culture Change - in collaboration with the MIT STARR Forum