46th Annual MLK Celebration Leadership Award Recipient: Gloria Anglón
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46th Annual MLK Leadership Award
Gloria [Anglón] joined the Office of Graduate Education in September 2015 as Assistant Director of Diversity Initiatives and MSRP with over 10 years of administrative experience in graduate academic support. Her initial charge was the implementation of diversity initiatives including our national recruitment efforts, MIT Summer Research Program - General (MSRP), GradCatalyst, and CONVERGE.
Gloria took on ever-growing responsibilities to enable MIT to better understand and enhance the experience of our underrepresented graduate students, to make MIT a more welcoming place for all students, and to advance efforts to identify and recruit talented graduate students who are underrepresented in our programs, especially in STEM. She was promoted to Assistant Dean with responsibility for leading OGE Diversity Initiatives in May 2017. In this capacity, she also served as the administrative lead for the University Center of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM) until 2019, and received the MIT Multicultural Awards’ Staff Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion.
In her time at the OGE, Gloria has done yeoman’s work to quietly advance the structures and processes that support diversity. With graduate students, she co-created the Graduate Student of Color Advisory Council (GSOC-AC), which brought graduate students together with the Vice Chancellor, Interim ICEO, Provost, and DSP for in-depth discussions. She collaborated with the Graduate Student Council Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee (GSC-DIS) to host a roundtable discussion with the departmental “conduits” around graduate application assistance programs, resulting in a set of best practices and guidelines.
In the service of all departments and programs and with the support of the GSOC-AC, Gloria piloted a set of graduate diversity yield activities targeting newly admitted students who self-identify as underrepresented. She also designed a series of co-curricular “Ignite” seminars that addressed topics such as dealing with racial blowback, and organizing and leading graduate student clubs.
Gloria expanded our website offerings for prospective and current students, started a social media presence that has enjoyed strong engagement, and implemented use of a marketing platform for communications. For her initial charge, MSRP, Gloria led a fundraising effort, and made many process improvements in admissions and training.
Most recently, Gloria was awarded a 2020 MIT Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award where she was cited as “an advocate, champion, connector, and tireless leader.”
Gloria Anglón will step down as Assistant Dean for Graduate Education and Director of Diversity Initiatives in order to assume a position as PhD student and a research assistant for the California Consortium for Inclusive Doctoral Education (C-CIDE) at the University of Southern California (USC). Her last day in the OGE will be Friday, May 1, 2020.
While we will lose her many talents, we are happy to know that Gloria will follow her passion.