OME Says Goodbye to Dean Karina Vielma ‘01

By Karl W. Reid, Associate Dean and Director, Office of Minority Education

July 7th will mark the second time that Dean Karina Vielma will leave MIT. As a student, she earned her SB in Mathematics and continued on to earn her Master of Education degree at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Yet, it was a great day for the Institute when she decided to return to MIT in 2006 to join the OME as Assistant Dean. Now, Karina is once again leaving the Institute to pursue a graduate degree, this time, to begin her doctoral studies in math education at the University of Texas at Austin.

From the moment she returned to MIT in June 2006, Dean Vielma has applied her intelligence, organizational skill, and focused passion for student success to OME’s mission to foster academic excellence and leadership development. Virtually all new or restructured OME programs, from the flagship Interphase, to the strategic Laureates and Leaders and Mentor Advocate Partner (MAP) programs boast Karina’s dual imprimatur of excellence and empathy. And if her programmatic innovations were not enough, Karina also demonstrated a prescient ability to understand and respond to student needs as a freshman advisor, mentor, and counselor.

In short, we look back on her two years and say that the OME went from “good to great” largely because of Karina’s energy, wisdom, and vision. Though we are sorry to see her go, we are brimming with expectation that Karina will leave a lasting scholarly impression on math education in this country and beyond. And who knows, perhaps there will be a third round at MIT! Godspeed Karina!