Tag: Social justice

Small Doses: The Fight For Civil Rights In The 21st Century With Sherrilyn Ifill

NewsOne Featured Video Sherrilyn Ifill accepts the Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award onstage during the LDF 34th National Equal Justice Awards Dinner on May 10, 2022, in New York City. | Source: Bennett Raglin / Getty Civil rights lawyer and scholar Sherrilyn Ifill speaks on the ongoing fight for civil rights on Small Doses with […]

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MLK Celebration Gala pays tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. and his writings on “the goal of true education”

After a week of festivities around campus, members of the MIT community gathered Saturday evening in the Boston Marriott Kendall Square ballroom to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Marking 50 years of this annual celebration at MIT, the gala event’s program was loosely organized around a line in King’s essay, […]

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MIT Solve announces 2024 Global Challenges and Indigenous Communities Fellowship

The driving mission of MIT Solve is inviting new voices and proposed solutions to world problems as a way to achieve a more sustainable and equitable future for all. To that end, Solve recently announced the 2024 Global Challenges and the Indigenous Communities Fellowship to help find and scale the best.  Solve invites anyone from […]

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Anushree Chaudhuri: Involving local communities in renewable energy planning

Anushree Chaudhuri has a history of making bold decisions. In fifth grade, she biked across her home state of California with little prior experience. In her first year at MIT, she advocated for student recommendations in the preparation of the Institute’s Climate Action Plan for the Decade. And recently, she led a field research project […]

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Real Talk Fam? Here’s 7 Ways that Affirmative Action Ruling is Ruining Your Black Life

American society does not have a problem with race. Say what? No, that’s not a Nikki Haley quote. Small Town Horror Story: The Mysterious Disappearance of Zion Foster Off English Sadly, that’s the position of the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”). Its decision last year, striking down affirmative action in higher education, denies […]

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7 Ways that Affirmative Action Ruling is Ruining Your Black Life

American society does not have a problem with race. Say what? No, that’s not a Nikki Haley quote. Jesse L. Martin Addresses Taraji P. Henson On Hollywood Inequity, Plus New Show ‘The Irrational’ Off English Sadly, that’s the position of the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”). Its decision last year, striking down affirmative […]

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Doctors have more difficulty diagnosing disease when looking at images of darker skin

When diagnosing skin diseases based solely on images of a patient’s skin, doctors do not perform as well when the patient has darker skin, according to a new study from MIT researchers. The study, which included more than 1,000 dermatologists and general practitioners, found that dermatologists accurately characterized about 38 percent of the images they […]

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Inclusive research for social change

Pair a decades-old program dedicated to creating research opportunities for underrepresented minorities and populations with a growing initiative committed to tackling the very issues at the heart of such disparities, and you’ll get a transformative partnership that only MIT can deliver.  Since 1986, the MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) has led an institutional effort to […]

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MIT in the media: 2023 in review

It was an eventful trip around the sun for MIT this year, from President Sally Kornbluth’s inauguration and Mark Rober’s Commencement address to Professor Moungi Bawendi winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. In 2023 MIT researchers made key advances, detecting a dying star swallowing a planet, exploring the frontiers of artificial intelligence, creating clean energy […]

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MIT students build connections with Black and Indigenous Brazilians to investigate culture and the environment

In January 2024, at the height of Brazil’s summer, a group of 20 MIT undergraduates will arrive in São Paulo, Brazil, for the Independent Activities Period (IAP) course WGS.247/21L.592 (Race, Place, and Modernity in the Americas) jointly offered by the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences’ programs in Women’s and Gender Studies, Literature, and Writing.  Continuing a program developed […]

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Solve Challenge Finals 2023: Action in service to the world

In a celebratory convergence of innovation and global impact, the 2023 Solve Challenge Finals, hosted by MIT Solve, unfolded to welcome the 2023 Solver Class. These teams, resolute in their commitment to addressing Solve’s 2023 Global Challenges and rooted in advancing the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, serve as the perfect examples of the impact […]

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Who will benefit from AI?

What if we’ve been thinking about artificial intelligence the wrong way? After all, AI is often discussed as something that could replicate human intelligence and replace human work. But there is an alternate future: one in which AI provides “machine usefulness” for human workers, augmenting but not usurping jobs, while helping to create productivity gains […]

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Improving US air quality, equitably

Decarbonization of national economies will be key to achieving global net-zero emissions by 2050, a major stepping stone to the Paris Agreement’s long-term goal of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (and ideally 1.5 C), and thereby averting the worst consequences of climate change. Toward that end, the United States has pledged to […]

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DEI Jobs Have Dried Up Post George Floyd Protests But The Ones Left Are Filled Mostly By White People

Photo: ESB Basic (Shutterstock) Even though diversity, equity and inclusion jobs increased by 55% following the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, a recent study has showed that the vast majority of them have dried up. Across the country, DEI layoffs have been fast and unrelenting. Afraid Of Losing Political Power, White People Weaponize […]

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Bringing design justice to the classroom and workplace

Whether you’re building a home or programming a robot, design is a human-centered activity, making it essential to teach design in a way that focuses on equity, justice, and ethics. That’s one of the messages that was shared at a workshop offered by members of MIT’s Design Justice Project at the International Design Engineering Technical Conferences […]

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Putting public service into practice

Salomé Otero ’23 doesn’t mince words about the social impact internship she had in 2022. “It was transformational for me,” she says. Otero, who majored in management with a concentration in education, always felt that education would play some role in her career path after MIT, but she wasn’t sure how. That all changed her […]

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