Black student leaders present recommendations for a more inclusive MIT

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The assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968 compelled black students at MIT to make demands for new initiatives towards making the Institute a more equitable community. Their efforts led to the founding of the Black Students’ Union (BSU) and to the establishment of various programs, some of which are still in effect. 

However, nearly half a century later the experiences of black students at MIT continue to reflect negative trends in higher education and in society at large. Student leaders from the MIT Black Students’ Union and the MIT Black Graduate Student Association recently presented recommendations to the Institute’s Academic Council to make MIT more welcoming and inclusive for all.

Students are working closely with senior administration; President Reif praises collaboration.

“MIT has had a long history of specifically addressing racial bias,” says Rasheed Auguste, co-chair of the BSU, chair of the BSU’s political action committee, and a junior in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. “We have made great strides as a university, but now is the time to set the bar for the next 10 years.”

President Reif praised the students for their work and approach. “I am extremely proud of these student leaders, because they have modeled the best of MIT: Confronted with a difficult problem — a systems problem — they are approaching it with thoughtfulness, creativity, and a spirit of collaboration. Their recommendations highlight problems that our community must take seriously. I am hopeful that by working together, we can make MIT as welcoming and inclusive for all members of our community as we aspire for it to be.”


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