America and the world have benefited enormously from MIT’s willingness, during and after the Second World War, to hire teachers and scholars from many nations and from groups that had been denied full membership in a restrictive academy. As we look to the future, we need to keep the lesson of that history in mind.

SUSAN HOCKFIELD - MIT President (2004-2012) at the 31st Annual MLK Celebration

2005   31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

MIT Homepage-MLK Celebration_3 Feb 2005

MIT Homepage, 3 Feb 2005


Justice and Equality for All: America's Moral Dilemma


Gwen Ifill
Political Reporter
Moderator/Managing Editor, Washington Week


James L. Sherley
Associate Professor, Biological Engineering

James S. Banks '76
Recruitment for Hewlett-Packard and Agilent
Member, Industrial Advisory Council for Minority Education

Russell E. (Erich) Caulfield SM ’01, PhD ’06
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


Gwen-Ifill_2005Political reporter Gwen Ifill holds two of the most highly respected posts in her field. She is moderator and managing editor of Washington Week, the longest-running public affairs program on public television, and senior correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

For Washington Week, Ifill selects each week's stories to examine, chooses each panel of leading Washington D.C.-based news correspondents and moderates the lively Q&A format on air. Ifill is also frequently asked to moderate debates in national elections, most recently the Vice Presidential debate during the 2004 election.

On The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, PBS's nightly newscast, Ifill is a familiar presence as both a correspondent and a moderator. She helps provide its trademark in-depth coverage of current events with a unique mix of informed debates, comprehensive interviews and expansive feature stories. Ifill spent several years as a Washington Week panelist before assuming the moderator's chair in 1999.

Prior to joining PBS, Ifill served at NBC News for five years as chief congressional and political correspondent. While at NBC she covered national political stories for NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, Today, Meet the Press and MSNBC.

Ifill also worked as a reporter at papers such as The New York Times, where she covered the White House and politics, The Washington Post, where her focus was national and local affairs, The Baltimore Evening Sun and The Boston Herald American.

Ifill grew up in New York City and lives in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Simmons College in Boston and has received eight honorary degrees. She serves on the board of the Harvard Institute of Politics and the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

MIT News, 12 Jan 2005 


james-sherley_2005James L. Sherley is an associate professor in biological engineering. Sherley, who came to MIT six years ago, was nominated by students and colleagues who cited his enthusiastic commitment to education and science and his exemplary work as a scientist, teacher and laboratory head who has fostered an inclusive and supportive environment. Sherley has been active in the Harvard Biomedical Science Careers Program, the Roxbury Preparatory School, the Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Society, and the Hyde Park School. He formed a Biological Engineering Diversity Committee and is frequently sought out as a pre-med advisor.

MIT News, 7 Feb 2005



In 2007, Associate Professor James L. Sherley began a fast on campus to protest both the decision not to promote him to tenure and the outcome of his previous grievance process.



James-banks_2005James Banks '76, an MIT alumnus who majored in electrical engineering, has been of particular service to MIT through his 15-year commitment to recruiting students from under-represented groups for employment at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent. His efforts have led to productive relationships among MIT students, alumni and their employers, and created opportunities for students though his support of the Office of Minority Education's Second Summer Program. Banks also serves on the Industrial Advisory Council for Minority Education.

MIT News, 7 Feb 2005


2012 Harold E. Lobdell '17 Distinguished Service Award, MIT Alumni Association 

The Lobdell Award, established in 1979, is given in recognition of alumni relations service that is of special depth over a sustained period. Lobdell’s interest and commitment to MIT spanned all areas of alumni relations. To date, a total of 287 individuals have received this award.

Banks_J_2012James S. Banks '76
Jim began his volunteer service when he became a campus recruiter shortly after graduating. He has since provided guidance to many new alumni recruiters across the country and helped MIT students find employment at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent. He’s mentored MIT students from under-represented groups and provided guidance to minority student organizations. He created opportunities for students through his support of the Office of Minority Education’s (OME) summer programs and served on OME’s Industrial Advisory Council. Jim is a sought-after advisor, initiator, and leader whose ideas and actions contributed to greater retention and higher academic achievement of MIT’s students. In 2005, in recognition of his service to MIT students, he was awarded the MIT Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award. Jim has served as chair of the Black Alumni/ae of MIT (BAMIT) affinity group and held positions on the Alumni Association Board, the Alumni Association Selection Committee, and the ad hoc Alumni Center Needs Assessment Committee. Jim’s dedicated service to greatly enhancing the MIT experience for students and alumni is inspirational to those around him and this award celebrates his remarkable volunteer contributions.


R. Erich Caulfield_2005R. Erich Caulfield SM ’01 is a graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science (PhD ’06). Caulfield was cited for his thoughtful leadership and dedication to the MIT community in a letter of nomination by Emily Snyder, staff to the Graduate Student Council (GSC). Caulfield was selected for his ability to forge positive relationships with groups and individuals from many backgrounds, and for his concern for the welfare of others. He has served as co-chair of the Black Graduate Students' Association, committee chair of the Graduate Student Council Orientation, and GSC president. His involvement was a critical component in the formation of the GSC Cost of Living Advisory Board (COLAB).

MIT News, 7 Feb 2005

MIT Commencement Speech by R. Erich Caulfield
President of the Graduate Student Council
June 4, 2004

Good morning, family and friends of MIT. From the dawn of the human experiment, we have grappled with the challenge and the potential inherent in our existence. Today, my graduate student brethren and my sistren, you join a grand procession that has marched across the sands of time, marshaled by the first human being who gazed up at the magnificent majesty of a midnight sky and asked the question, what more can I know?




BAMIT e-news, Oct 2015
"Campaign Ad Premiere: Erich Caulfield for State Senate"

r-e-caufield-2015Erich Caulfield PhD, MS '06 announced his run for State Senate, District 4 to a standing-room only crown in New Orleans this summer. "While growing up in Louisiana," he says on his campaign website, "I never dreamed that life would take me from Morehouse College to MIT, from being a White House Fellow to starting a company here in New Orleans. I want to serve as your State Senator to make sure that all of us have real opportunities for success and for pursuing our dreams.”