Many of us would greet each other [after Obama’s election] and we would say, “I never thought it would happen…” What’s the rest of it?

JOHNNETTA COLE - 1st African-American woman president of Spelman College

2009   35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration


INSPIRATION

I think about...the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can't, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes, we can.  --Barack Obama, 2008 Presidential Election Victory Speech

Sí, se puede (Sp. "Yes, it is possible"/"Yes, we can") is the motto of the United Farm Workers, conceived in 1972 during civil-rights activist Cesar Chávez's hunger strike."Yes we can" resurfaced in Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. The slogan fueled what became one of his most famous speeches, even inspiring a song by Will.i.am.

Echoing the recent presidential election, the theme of MIT's 35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Celebration was: Yes We Must: Achieve Diversity through Leadership. Delivering the keynote was Johnnetta B. Cole, first African-American woman to serve as president of Spelman College.

THEME

Yes We Must: Achieve Diversity through Leadership


KEYNOTE

Johnnetta B. Cole
Educator and Humanitarian


MLK LEADERSHIP AWARDEES

Barry Reckley
Assistant Director in Minority Recruitment and Retention, MIT Sloan School of Management

Deborah Liverman
Assistant Director, Global Education and Career Development Center

Christine Ortiz
Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

John Essigmann '72, PhD '76
Professor of Chemistry, Toxicology, and Biological Engineering
Associate Head, MIT Department of Chemistry
Housemaster, Simmons Hall

Jason C. Forte '09
Management, MIT Sloan

Aisha A. Bobb-Semple '09
Biological Engineering


 EXHIBIT

IAP MLK Design Seminar
“On the Shoulders of Giants”
Musical Selection: "Where do we go from here?"

KEYNOTE BIO

johnetta-cole_2010Educator and humanitarian Johnnetta B. Cole is the first African-American woman to serve as president of Spelman College.

Cole's academic and community service work has consistently addressed issues of racial, gender and other forms of discrimination. She is the only individual to have served as president of the two historically black colleges for women in the United States: Bennett College for Women (2002-2007) and Spelman College (1987-1997). Cole is also professor emerita of Emory University, from which she retired as the Presidential Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Women's Studies and African American Studies. From 2004 to 2006, she was the first person of color to serve as the chair of the board of the United Way of America.

This is not the first time Cole delivers a keynote speech at MIT. In 1994, she was the featured keynote, along with civil rights attorney Lani Guinier (the 2001 MLK celebration keynote) and political activist Angela Davis, for "Black Women in the Academy: Defending Our Name 1894-1994". The national conference focused on issues concerning black women in academia and was the first of its kind.

Cole is now the chair of the board of the Johnnetta B. Cole Global Diversity and Inclusion Institute, founded at Bennett College.

Sources:
MIT News, 2 Feb 2009
Tech Talk, 12 Jan 1994


Speakers pledge to carry on King's dream

Stephanie Schorow, MIT News Office
February 6, 2009

Photo: Donna Coveney, Tech Talk, 2009

Photo: Donna Coveney, Tech Talk, 2009

In an emphatic keynote address at MIT's 35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Celebration on Feb. 5, educator and humanitarian Johnnetta Cole urged all members of the MIT community to take responsibility for achieving a diverse and inclusive campus.

"It's in your hands," Cole, the first African-American woman to serve as president of Spelman College, told a packed Morss Hall.

Cole and other speakers at the breakfast, titled "Yes, We Must: Achieve diversity through leadership," cited President Barack Obama's election as a major step toward fulfilling King's dream. After Obama's election, "Many of us would greet each other and we would say, 'I never thought it would happen…'" and here Cole interrupted herself to ask the audience, "What's the rest of it?"

"In our lifetime," the audience responded in unison.

"Oh, but my brothers and my sisters, it has happened!" Cole exclaimed.

From left, graduate student Joy Johnson, keynote speaker Johnnetta Cole, President Susan Hockfield, senior Matt Gethers and senior Ana Lorena Ramos Maltes gather following the 35th annual MLK Breakfast Celebration. Photo: Donna Coveney, Tech Talk, 2009

From left, graduate student Joy Johnson, keynote speaker Johnnetta Cole, President Susan Hockfield, senior Matt Gethers and senior Ana Lorena Ramos Maltes gather following the 35th annual MLK Breakfast Celebration. Photo: Donna Coveney, Tech Talk, 2009

The 2008 election proved that race is no long a barrier to the highest office in America, she said, but did not mean racism had ceased to exist. Indeed, racial incidents following Obama's election underscore the persistence of bigotry across color, class and race lines, she said.

"Bigotry is not just human nature. It's learned. And if it is learned, guess what? It can be unlearned," she said, before challenging her audience to take a long, hard look at themselves.

"Learn how you learned your prejudices," she said.

Cole and others cautioned that much more work lay ahead for the nation. As one speaker put it, "The theme for this celebration is 'Yes, We Must.' But what must we do?"

Cole called for expanding King's dream of inclusion to encompass gender, sexual orientation, age, class and mental and physical disabilities. "I believe that if Dr. King had lived beyond the 38 years that he gave to us that he would have described and worked for an even larger dream," Cole said.

MLK LEADERSHIP AWARD

barry-reckley-mlk-award-2009Barry Reckley is Assistant Director in Minority Recruitment and Retention at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to his arrival at MIT, Reckley served for nine years as Assistant Director of Admissions at Northeastern University.

He holds a bachelors and a masters, both in economics, from Northeastern University and Boston University, respectively.

Reckley, also a freelance professional photographer with "a passion for the art of making your event unique," has been owner of BP Photography since 2006.

MLK LEADERSHIP AWARD

deborah-liverman-mlk-award2_2002Deborah Liverman is Assistant Director, Global Education and Career Development Center. The MLK Leadership Award recognizes her dedicated service to MIT students and to the MLK King Breakfast Planning Committee. She also extends her expertise beyond MIT, presenting career workshops to minority high school students at events like the National Society of Black Engineers National Conference.

Deborah Liverman (left), Assistant Director for the School of Engineering with the Office of Career Services and Pre-professional Advising, assists Davis Wamola ‘G (center) and Ephraim Tekle ‘G (right) in the workshop “How to Work a Career Fair”. Photo: Jonathan Wang, The Tech 2002

Deborah Liverman (left), Assistant Director for the School of Engineering with the Office of Career Services and Pre-professional Advising, assists Davis Wamola ‘G (center) and Ephraim Tekle ‘G (right) in the workshop “How to Work a Career Fair”. Photo: Jonathan Wang, The Tech 2002

Liverman holds a Bachelor's in sociology and education from Davidson College and a Masters in Education from University of South Carolina-Columbia. She earned her PhD in Higher Education/Higher Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

"Deborah has all the qualities of a great leader," says Rachel Greenberg, Associate Director of Career Services. "She has a strong ability to make decisions and advance the goals of her team, while also taking into consideration the individual strengths and needs of each team member. Deborah has led the career services team at MIT through several transitions -- including staffing changes and budget cuts -- while always maintaining a calm appearance under pressure. She is a wonderful supervisor and mentor!"

"Those who are anointed as our leaders are first our servants," said MIT Chancellor Phillip L. Clay when presenting the award to the six honorees for 2009. "Dr. King, in several of his sermons, underscored that point. Leadership is not purchased but it is earned through service."


Liverman at Work - 16 Jun 2009

MLK LEADERSHIP AWARD

christine-ortiz-mlk-award_2009Christine Ortiz is Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.

The focus of the Ortiz Laboratory at MIT is on structural or load-bearing biological and bio-inspired materials, in particular musculoskeletal (internal to the body) and exoskeletal (external to the body) tissues.

“Professor Ortiz brings considerable experience to graduate student issues,” MIT Chancellor Phillip L. Clay said when she was appointed dean for graduate education in 2010. “Her development and leadership of major projects at MIT and leadership in her profession have been recognized by her peers and in numerous awards.”

A member of the MIT faculty since 1999, Ortiz has served as a member or chair on several department, school and institute committees, including those that focus on undergraduate and graduate education, mentoring, international strategy and diversity. She is a member of MIT’s Initiative on Faculty Race and Diversity and is often invited to speak at panels and workshops geared to improving the experiences of underrepresented minority students and faculty members.

As chair of the DMSE Departmental Committee on Graduate Students since 2008, Ortiz helped lead an extensive review and revision of the department’s graduate curriculum.

She is also the founding and current faculty director of the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI)-Israel international exchange program. In addition to being honored with an MLK Leadership Award, Prof. Ortiz received a 2008-2009 MISTI Global Seed Fund for their "Nanotechnological Studies of Stem Cell-Based Engineered Tissues for Intervertebral Disc Regeneration" in Israel, along with her colleague, Alan Grodzinsky.

Professor Ortiz, described by Clay as “a prolific researcher,” received her BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and both her MS and PhD from Cornell University, all in the field of materials science and engineering.

From MIT News, 28 Jun 2010

MLK LEADERSHIP AWARD

john-essigmann-mlk-award_2009John Essigmann '72, PhD '76 is the William R. (1956) & Betsy P. Leitch Professor in Residence Professor of Chemistry, Toxicology, and Biological Engineering. Prof. Essigmann has taught biochemistry, bioengineering and toxicology at MIT for nearly three decades.

He is also Associate Head, MIT Department of Chemistry, responsible for graduate and undergraduate education, and Housemaster of Simmons Hall.

Prof. Essigmann began working on toxicological problems affecting Thailand and the developing world as an MIT graduate student more than 30 years ago. "The developing world offers some of the most pressing and scientifically interesting problems in my field," said Essigmann, recipient of Thailand's 2004 Princess Chulabhorn Gold Medal Award for his "sustained support for the advancement of science in developing countries and his selfless dedication to teaching and research".

"Those who are anointed as our leaders are first our servants," said MIT Chancellor Phillip L. Clay when presenting the award to the six honorees for 2009. "Dr. King, in several of his sermons, underscored that point. Leadership is not purchased but it is earned through service."

From MIT News, 13 Sept 2004 and 11 Feb 2009


On Life and Sciencehector-hernandez-mlk-award_2003
Blog post by Hector Hernández PhD '08

  • 2003 MLK Award Recipient [link]
  • 2010-11 MLK Visiting Scholar [link]
  • Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Masdar Institute of Science
  • Mentee and friend of Prof. Essigmann

 

February 4, 2009

Professor John Essigmann was awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King Leadership Award tonight for his work over his tenure at MIT as an advocate for the minority community making students, faculty, and all other members of MIT feel welcome at MIT.  John is one of those people who you meet in life and are immediately comfortable with him.  I first met John when I was visiting MIT in the spring of 2000.  I had just been accepted to the Chemistry PhD program and was in Cambridge on the prospective student visiting weekend.  I sat at the dinner table with Professors John Essigmann and Cathy Drennan and had a great time at dinner.  John and Cathy made everyone feel comfortable and welcome to MIT.

The next time I met John was when I was a Teaching Assistant for 5.07, the Chemistry version of Biological Chemistry.  I got to know John and eventually asked him to be the chair of my Thesis Committee.  As time passed and I got to know John better, I realized what an amazing person he is.  He and Ellen, his wife, at Simmons Hall, a really cool undergraduate dormitory at MIT.  The things John does around MIT are just too numerous to list here.

John also works to educate students who suffer from economic necessity worldwide. He has worked as an educator in Thailand for over two decades, dedicating his time to teach students in Thailand on how to design and develop drug research programs that investigate and provide relief to diseases which affect  third world countries.

I can’t think of a better person to receive this prestigious award than John.  Kudos to you!

MLK LEADERSHIP AWARD

Jason C. Forte ’09 (P) and Brittany A. Holland-Marcus ’10 (VP). Maksim Viktorovich Imakaev, The Tech 2008

Jason C. Forte ’09 (P) and Brittany A. Holland-Marcus ’10 (VP). Maksim Viktorovich Imakaev, The Tech 2008

Sloan management senior Jason Forte '09 was awarded an MLK Leadership Award for his ongoing work with the Undergraduate Association, for which he has served as Vice-Chair and Senate Speaker.

Forte believes in the importance of a good relationship with the MIT administration. During a debate for Undergraduate Association elections, he suggested working with “influential people who have the administration’s ear.” “It will be very hard for the administration to ignore Ray Stata ... or David Koch,” he said.

When asked about his ticket’s distinguishing factors, Forte pointed to the ticket’s experience and existing relationships with administrators, saying, for example, that he has attended MIT Corporation meetings and met the Corporation’s members. A member of the Chocolate City Living Group, he also suggested working more closely with dorm governments and The Tech to get students more involved.

In the summer of 2008, Forte worked as in investment banking equity for Credit Suisse in New York City, researching companies in the machinery, engineering, construction and environmental sciences sector.

MLK LEADERSHIP AWARD

aisha-bobb-semple-mlk-award_2009Biological engineering major Aisha Bobb-Semple '09 was honored with a student MLK Leadership Award.

Bobb-Semple has served as a judge of a stable-structure design competition for the Women's Initiative MIT Program, hosted by The Chantilly Academy. She and MIT graduate student Nicola Tan encouraged young women students to pursue engineering through the use of marshmallows and toothpicks as materials for building. They also offered positive statistics: 1966 only 1% of all engineers in the U.S. were women, compared to 20% in 2000. Girls are just as creative as boys, said Bobb-Semple and ​Tan. "It's just that most girls are not introduced to engineering, or it isn't presented as an option."

Later in 2009, she also received the Ronald E. McNair Scholarship Award and went on to earn her MD in Pediatrics from the University of Michigan Medical School.

On the Shoulders of Giants

The “On the Shoulders of Giants” display was vandalized during the week of Feb. 2; a cardboard cutout of President Abraham Lincoln (pictured here) was replaced with a cutout of “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin. Photo: Brian S. Coffey, The Tech 2009

The “On the Shoulders of Giants” display was vandalized during the week of Feb. 2; a cardboard cutout of President Abraham Lincoln (pictured here) was replaced with a cutout of “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin. Photo: Brian S. Coffey, The Tech 2009

 


MLK Diversity Exhibit Vandalized Twice

John A. Hawkinson, The Tech 
March 3, 2009

President Susan J. Hockfield and Prof. J. Phillip Thompson, Chair of the Committee on Race and Diversity, have issued a statement in response to vandalism of the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial exhibit last month (see right). The annual exhibit consisted of several student-created displays to promote diversity, human rights, and similar principles, and ran from Feb. 2 through Feb. 9 in Lobby 10.

There were two incidents of vandalism, and organizers of the event were not certain exactly when they occurred.

(1) A display entitled “On the Shoulders of Giants” with cardboard cutouts of Abraham Lincoln, Barack Obama, and Dr. King was altered. The cardboard cutout of Lincoln was removed and replaced with a cardboard cutout of “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin.

(2) A display about the Palestinian/Israeli conflict was removed in its entirety. Nour J. Abdul-Razzak ’09, who was part of the team that created the display, said that the removal of the display was “not appropriate,” and the perpetrators had “no right to just take something away.” Abdul-Razzak said that her group had tried very hard to be sensitive to concerns on both sides of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.

The statement was issued under the auspices of the Committee on Race and Diversity, which formed in 2007 when the Campus Committee on Race Relations joined with the MLK Committee.



MLK Breakfast Performance

Musical Selection: "Where do we go from here?" performed by 2009 Martin Luther King, Jr. IAP Design Seminar

 

 

Remarks by Matt Gethers '09 and Joy Johnson 'G

35th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Breakfast of MIT
"Yes We Must: Achieve Diversity through Leadership"
February 18, 2009


Photo: Donna Coveney, MIT News 2009

Photo: Donna Coveney, MIT News 2009

Remarks by Matt Gethers
Presented: February 5, 2009

Good morning. My name is Matt Gethers. I'm a senior here at MIT in the department of biological engineering and I'm honored this morning to share some reflections about the role of diversity in our society. I'd like to begin with a story. It starts in the 1940s in South Carolina with a Black man named Lee going to pick up his brother, Rock, after his discharge from the Navy. On the way home, they stopped at a convenience store for some cigarettes. Rock went inside the store while Lee tended to the car. It wasn't long before Lee heard a commotion in the store and, fearing the worst, he decided to investigate. When he got inside, he saw three white men surrounding Rock telling him that he had "no business in this store," as they began to move in on him. That's all Lee needed to see. He let out a yell and a few minutes later, the three men were on the ground. Lee and Rock hurried home and after discussing with family, everyone agreed that Lee had to get out of the South. If he didn't, they'd come for him, and the police would be of no help. That wasn't a surprising decision. In fact, I'm willing to bet that Lee knew he would have to leave when he made the decision to defend his brother. But that didn't stop him.

I have to admire the courage it took for Lee to literally place his life on the line to assert his God-given rights. For better or for worse, that's an assertion members of my generation rarely have to make. I have to wonder, if faced with the same challenge, would I have had the courage that Lee, who happens to be my grandfather, demonstrated? If the freedom of my race depended upon my bravery, my willingness to expose myself to physical harm, would we have made the gains we've made? If it were up to me to refuse to give up my seat on a bus, up to me to demand my seat in a school where no one wanted me, would I even be allowed to stand at this podium?

The answer to these questions will remain unknown to me, because the past is the past. I can't, nor do I want to relive it, and that's a bittersweet reality. On the one hand, it's unlikely that I'll ever have to endure the trials my ancestors knew. But on the other hand, I feel the need to share in the work and sacrifice that have secured my inalienable rights as a citizen of this country and world. But I can take heart. Over the past four years and especially as I wrote my comments for this morning, I see ever more clearly that the bridge to Dr. King's dream is not yet complete. There's work to do yet, but the fights are going to be far different from those of yesterday.

Here in the United States, our laws and institutions now reflect what we know to be right with respect to race, gender, and disability. But the law has no jurisdiction over our hearts and minds. When we doubt our classmates, calling them the product of affirmative action, we when we wish someone would good back to his country and stop competing for jobs with "real Americans," when we remove natural-born American citizens from our planes, and subways, and buses because they merely look like a madman who kills innocents in the name of God, that dream becomes ever more distant. We've done well in purging racism and hatred from our laws and institutions, but to realize Dr. King's dream, we must now we must purify our hearts and minds.

The path to victory in this second battle of a great war demands that we achieve diversity through leadership. You see, it's not enough to know that we are created equally, we have to live it every day or we default to ignorance and hatred. In the absence of diversity, stereotype reins. It's like parasite that fills voids of knowledge that should be filled by personal experience and reason. Stereotype rationalizes placing blame where it doesn't belong, affirmative action for not getting in to your dream school, the drive for a "diverse workplace" for being overlooked for a promotion. Stereotype even causes your own people to look down on you for things as petty as your taste in music or as important as the person you choose to marry. But I would say the greatest danger of stereotype is that it causes us to doubt ourselves. In my work with Cambridge middle school students, the greatest tragedy is not the low test scores or even the palpable fear of math and science, but that at such an impressionable age, they honestly don't believe that they could grow up to become an astronaut, or a physicist, or a surgeon, or even the President. And why? Because they feel young black women don't grow up to be CEOs or because Latinos have no business in the U.S. Senate, or because "people from this neighborhood don't go to college."

Yes we must! Achieve diversity through leadership, because it's only when these students can see themselves in people who breaking the mold, people who are redefining what it means to be Black, to be Hispanic, to be a Woman, to be gay, to be poor, that we'll restore their sacred right to dream. But breaking that mold takes courage and leadership, the same courage and leadership it took to stand up to Klansmen, the same courage and leadership it took to march on Washington, and yes, the same courage and leadership it took to for my grandfather to defend his brother in that store, it is this courage and leadership that will inspire our youth and elders to abolish our prejudices towards one another and to bring into the light a prophecy, that "When this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, Black men and White men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro Spiritual: Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last! Thank you.

 


Photo: Donna Coveney, MIT News 2009

Photo: Donna Coveney, MIT News 2009

Remarks by Joy Johnson
Presented: February 5, 2009

I am Joy Johnson, a graduate student in Electrical Engineering from Greensboro, NC.

I remember the day my dad took off work, which he never does, to come for a parent-principal meeting, which I prayed he would never have to do. It was like a dark cloud descended upon that school. I was so scared I would rather the rapture come, than my father. I had not cut class, I had not failed a subject, I had not been suspended... I had applied for a scholarship; a scholarship which required my school counselor to send in my transcript. And so weeks went by not hearing from any school, I started to feel like maybe I wasn't good enough, maybe I didn't deserve it. One day I get a phone call, that the Park Scholarships(a full merit scholarship to NC State) was very interested in interviewing me but never received my transcript, I started calling around and it seems no one had received them, but my classmates (all white) had been sent and received in due form. When I asked my counselor about it, nonchalantly she said simply, "I forgot..." and thus the day my father descended upon Grimsley High School, a high school that neither of my parents were able to attend for the same reason she had forgotten my transcript.

Many times the intelligent and the disenfranchised alike feel what psychologists like to call "the imposter syndrome" in which the sufferers, unable to internalize their accomplishments, remain convinced they do not deserve the success they have achieved. We still must ask ourselves "Do we belong here?" but many times the imposter is not us at all...

The theme for this celebration is "Yes We MUST" but what MUST we do? For so long we have been achieving, inventing, discovering, but our achievements have been overlooked, our inventions stolen, and our discoveries rediscovered, and thus we find ourselves suffering from this imposter syndrome. The true imposters have been doing it so long they have perfected the art of fraud.

Everyone always speaks of Dr. King's "I have a Dream" speech in which he quotes the infamous words of Thomas Jefferson, saying " I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." Even that statement is fraudulent in that these are not the words of Thomas Jefferson but the words of his neighbor, an immigrant Philip Mazzei. What Dr. King knew and what we now know was that the duality of hypocrisy transcended the obvious injustice of those words, but he also knew that this issue between de jure and de facto law was not new nor was it original.

There are so many untold injustices and imposters who are left out of history. Stories of black musicians like Robert Johnson and Roy Brown who were playing Rock 'N Roll in 1947 a year before Elvis ever picked up a guitar. Stories of the poor black sharecroppers of Tuskegee, Alabama who were mercilessly used like lab rats to come up with the drugs and treatments for syphilis. Stories of people like Vivien Thomas who created not only the medical trials, but the surgical procedure and made the actual instruments needed to save infants with blue baby syndrome at a time when cardiac surgery was not even considered possible, but whose credit was given to the white doctor whom he worked for as a janitor and later a medical apprentice.

Even in light of this historical election, never on any broadcast or in news article did I ever once hear someone mention Shirley Chisholm, who in 1972 became the first major-party black candidate for President of the United States and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Each African American has stories of their own family members whom the imposter has served this plate of injustice. Many of us have relatives whose contributions to knowledge were unrecognized, whose efforts at justice were met with violence, whose rights were denied at every front but fought on and thus we find ourselves here....

So I ask you now, do you feel like imposters when you walk on this campus, do you ask yourself what MUST I do? Even when you know that you have the creativity of Roy Brown, the intellectual genius of Vivien Thomas, the oratorical skill and sharpness of Shirley Chisholm, in you? But the question remains.

If the mantra is yes we must, what MUST we do? I think Dr. King put it best in his Give Us the Ballot address in 1957 when he said "The hour is late. The clock of destiny is ticking out. We MUST act now.... We MUST work passionately and unrelentingly for the goal of freedom, but we must be sure that our hands are clean in the struggle. We MUST never struggle with falsehood, hate, or malice."

We at MIT have extraordinary opportunity even as our mission states that "we MUST work to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world." It does not say some students, majority students, minority students, or even all students. I think the lack of differentiation is indicative of the transparency that true innovation and true intellectual advancement requires we must have in our interactions with one another, in the lab, in the classroom, in the corridors infinite or otherwise:

We MUST give credit where credit is due in our academic work as well as in our everyday lives, and this MUST begin with acknowledgement, speaking to one another, speaking to the janitors, cafeteria workers, bus drivers as eagerly as we do our Institute Professors.

We MUST show integrity in our collaborations with everyone, in our fervent pursuit of solving the world's problems, making this institutions decisions based on merit not nepotism, racism, or cronyism serving as the world's paragon for progress.

We MUST as our mission states SERVE this nation and this world through our research, our talents and our intellect.

We MUST realize that we are the dream that Martin dreamed when he was sleeping at a university right across the Charles river.

And like our President charged us in his most transparent version of those infamous words." The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness."

Thank You!

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