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Activating the Arts and Humanities

President Reif's letter to the MIT Community on July 1, 2020 outlined the steps that MIT will take to address systemic problems regarding racial equity at the Institute. As part of the commitment to confront our history, challenge common assumptions, and incorporate previously marginalized voices, he called for an ad hoc committee to activate the arts and humanities in this effort. Provost Martin Schmidt has appointed John Dozier, Institute Community Equity Officer, and Philip S. Khoury, Associate Provost and Ford International Professor of History, to co-chair this committee.

The Charge, Our Next Steps

The arts are an essential part of the Institute’s culture, and they have great potential to help move it toward a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive future.

The committee will examine the campus as an artistic expression of MIT’s values and learning environment and recommend ways to deepen our understanding of the Institute’s history and project a more equitable vision for the future through digital, performing, physical, and visual experiences.  In addition, the committee will propose nimble and flexible programs to recruit artists of color and broaden the diversity of artistic talent showcased at MIT.  Gathering information on current and future MIT educational and research activities in the arts, culture, and DEI domain are an important part of this effort, as well as identifying resources to support them.

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