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Category: Administration

MIT community in 2021: A year in review | MIT News
December 22, 2021

During 2021, the Covid-19 pandemic continued to color much of the year, as MIT saw both the promise of vaccines as well as the rise of troubling new variants. The Institute also made new commitments to climate action, saw the opening of new and renovated spaces, continued in its efforts to support its diverse voices, and celebrated new Nobel laureates and astronaut candidates. Here are some of the top stories in the MIT...

Q&A: John Dozier on the Strategic Action Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion | MIT News
December 21, 2021

The first draft of MIT’s Strategic Action Plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was released in the spring of 2021. After an extended comment period that has included dozens of focus groups, community engagement sessions, and presentations to the campus and alumni communities, as well as email and inputs from all corners of MIT, the plan is now being updated. In a conversation prepared for MIT News, Institute...

Shirley McBay, former MIT dean of student affairs and leading advocate for diversity, dies at 86 | MIT News
December 17, 2021

Shirley McBay, the first Black dean of student affairs at MIT, died at her home in Los Angeles on Nov. 27. She was 86. As the Institute’s dean of student affairs from 1980 to 1990, McBay led efforts to identify and address obstacles in the Institute’s racial environment that hindered the success of students from underrepresented or underserved communities. A 1986 report entitled “The Racial Climate on the MIT...

MIT joins the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts | MIT News
December 13, 2021

This fall, MIT joined the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA), a Boston-based statewide organization that works to advance the economic well-being of Black businesses, organizations, and people in the Commonwealth. The Office of the Vice President for Finance (VPF) and the Office of Government and Community Relations (OGCR) jointly pursued membership in BECMA as part of an effort to increase MIT's...

Ronald Kurtz, philanthropist and MIT Corporation life member emeritus, dies at 89 | MIT News
November 30, 2021

Ronald Kurtz '54, '59, SM '60, a materials manufacturer with a great love of art, died on Nov. 20. He was 89. Kurtz earned three degrees at MIT — a bachelor's degree in industrial management and bachelor's and master's degrees in metallurgy — all of which contributed to his keen interest in art and his extensive involvement with the Institute. "I will remember him for his profound commitment to forging strong...

Provost Martin Schmidt named president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute | MIT News
November 23, 2021

MIT Provost Martin Schmidt has been named as the 19th president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the nation’s oldest technological research university. Schmidt, who earned his BS in electrical engineering at RPI in 1981, will assume its presidency on July 1, 2022. He has spent more than 40 years at MIT as a student, faculty member, and administrative leader. “MIT has been a remarkable home for me,” Schmidt...

MIT Libraries digitizes materials from Mary Rowe | MIT News
November 18, 2021

Mary Rowe, former MIT ombudsperson, has donated professional papers to the MIT Libraries’ department of Distinctive Collections as part of the Women@MIT archival initiative, which highlights the contributions of women at the Institute by acquiring, preserving, and making accessible their personal archives. Rowe is a conflict management specialist whose work contributed to MIT having one of the world’s first...

MIT makes strides on climate action plan | MIT News
November 15, 2021

Two recent online events related to MIT’s ambitious new climate action plan highlighted several areas of progress, including uses of the campus as a real-life testbed for climate impact research, the creation of new planning bodies with opportunities for input from all parts of the MIT community, and a variety of moves toward reducing the Institute’s own carbon footprint in ways that may also provide a useful model for...

Task Force 2021 and Beyond submits final “blueprints for building a better MIT” | MIT News
November 14, 2021

A task force charged with reimagining the future of MIT has released its final report, 18 months after it began work in the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic. The report, from Task Force 2021 and Beyond, offers 17 recommendations to strengthen and streamline MIT, and make the Institute more successful across its teaching, research, and innovation endeavors. President L. Rafael Reif, who charged the task force in May...

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