MIT Civility and Respect

Accomplishments and Events

Committee members participate regularly in programs and communications with the ICEO, Work/Life Center, ERGs and other groups. We attend events, initiate conversations, share information, and explore strategies to overcome challenges and barriers to fostering a more caring community. 

Recent Events Sponsored by MIT Civility and Respect:

  • January 23, 2019 Courageous Conversations with Debbie Irving, author of Waking Up White.
  • July 11, 2018 Understanding and Transforming Systems of Privilege at MIT: a Social Action Workshop.

Co-Sponsored Community Events:

  • January 30, 2019 Class Awareness Workshop, MIT ICEO
  • June 7, 2016 Using Technology to Break Down Barriers Dr. Topper Carew, ABAC ERG
  • July 13, 2016 Community Dialogue Responding to Recent Tragedies
  • October 14, 2015 Whose Lives Matter?:  A Community Conversation with Rinku Sen about the Black Lives Matter Movement and Beyond

July 2015 - June 2016

  • White socks collection

Donation drive for adults experiencing homelessness in the Boston area, in partnership with the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.

  • Quality of Life survey

Workplace civility, work schedule flexibility, and opportunities for mentoring were addressed in this key support staff QoL survey. The data showed a need for additional mentoring for growth opportunities and greater job satisfaction. The data also indicated DLCs are trending toward more flexible work schedules.

Data from the 2016 Quality of Life quadrennial survey will be used to inform practices and office cultures supporting a more civilized and compassionate work environment.

  • RAK Week

Community members' experiences during Random Acts of Kindness Week, March 28-April 1, 2016, were collected to chronicle actions, and share observations. This informal google survey was promoted by the MindHandHeart Initiative.

Civility and Respect co-chair served on the planning committee of this pivotal forum.