Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee

MISSION STATEMENT:

GSC’s Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee works to improve MIT’s ability to advocate the needs of all constituencies in and around the institute while bringing together multiple races, genders, and cultures to strengthen diversity and inclusion initiatives campus-wide through collective communication, development and action.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION SUBCOMMITTEE GOALS:

  1. Establish a permanent board or committee which advocates as a “Collective Communicator” for all graduate students and organizations regarding diversity and inclusion at MIT.
  2. Establish conduits within every graduate department and program through the Laboratory of Life Initiative.
  3. Promote a more socially and culturally inclusive environment through the ONEWorldMIT Initiative.
  4. Encourage MIT Admins and Departments promptly address any Social, Medical and Financial concerns of the Underrepresented Constituency.
  5. Increase PRIDE Awareness by creating and maintaining any necessary resources and personnel needed to make MIT more LGBTQ Friendly.
  6. Maintain a “Cultural Sanctuary” for our International and Religious Constituencies when faced with national and/or global crisis.
  7. Encourage any policies and resources regarding social and cultural inclusion of all graduate student Women within the MIT community.
  8. Encourage all constituencies to actively implement and develop more diversity initiatives at both Local and State Levels.

 

DIVERSITY INITIATIVES:

In·i·ti·a·tive: the power or opportunity to act or take charge before others do.

The Subcommittee feels that in order to truly achieve our goals, we must take initiative by practicing ACTIVE DIVERSITY!

PERMANENT INITIATIVES

  • Primarily based around the two factors of the Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee: Outreach and Development.
  • Requires majority vote of entire Subcommittee with consent of HCA Co-Chairs to add or remove, based on the following criteria:
    • Should always include at least one initiative considered to having a long lasting impact on MIT’s Diversity and Inclusion practices.
    • Should include at least one program that enhances the subcommittee’s role as a “Collective Communicator” that brings together the voices of the students from different groups (cultural, racial, gender, religious, etc.) to share their particular challenges and work together towards a common solution.
  • Methods revaluated by the subcommittee for the upcoming year
  • Permanent Initiatives:
    • “Laboratory of Life” INITIATIVE
    • ONEWorldMIT INITIATIVE

SPECIAL INITIATIVES

  • Goals/plans established on an annual basis
  • Considered Special Tasks by the subcommittee
  • May be less broad reaching or focused on a particular constituency.
  • Requires majority board vote

JOINT INITIATIVES

  • Goals/plans established on an annual basis
  • Initiatives shared with another GSC Committee, Subcommittee or Board
  • Requires majority vote. Must be cleared by both committees.
  • Currently proposed Initiatives:
    • Diversity/External Affairs Alliance  
      • Proposed by the Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee
        • Included in Subcommittee’s personal statement.
      • Encourages graduate student body to bring diversity and inclusion advocacy and proposals to state and local levels.  
      • Subcommittee’s At-Large C-Rep(s) to collaborate.
    • Diversity/Orientation Alliance
      • Subcommittee’s all C-Rep(s) to collaborate
      • Share tasks of ONEWorldMIT
    • Diversity/G@WAMIT Alliance
      • Share tasks of ONEWorldMIT
      • Subcommittee’s Women C-Rep(s)  to collaborate.
        • Better inclusion for URM and Queer Women
        • May include At-Large C-Reps

 

2017-2018 DIVERSITY TEAM:

SUBCOMMITTEE OFFICERS BOARD:

  • Chair: Ty Austin
  • Vice-Chair: Daniel Curtis
  • Vice-Chair: Malcolm Rio
  • Secretary: Alonzo Espinosa Dominguez
  • Treasurer: Satish Kumar Gupta

 

CONSTITUENCY REPRESENTATIVES (C-Reps)

  • Underrepresented Minorities (URMs) Initiatives and Affairs: Arthur Brown
  • International Initiatives and Affairs: Ezra A Tal
  • LGBTQ Initiatives and Affairs: Huili Chen
  • Women’s Initiatives and Affairs: Jane Heyes
  • AT-Large: Arolyn Conwill
  • AT-Large: German Parada
  • AT-Large: Alex Tinguely

 

GSC DIVERSITY FUND:

All events and gatherings approved by the Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee may seek funding through our GSC Diversity Fund. Unlike ASA’s ARCADE (Assisting Recurring Cultural and Diversity Events) funds recurring events, the Diversity Fund is used to fund non-recurring events with a cultural or ethnic focus. Usually any event that is part of the ONEWorldMIT Initiative are encouraged to apply. For more information or to apply, please email gsc-diversity-fund@mit.edu.

 

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