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  • Interphase 45th anniversary logoThe Office of Minority Education will mark a major milestone in the Interphase program by hosting a 45th Anniversary Gala at the Museum of Science on April 26.

  • As a member of the MIT community, I would venture to say at some point in your career, you have had a Mentor. The importance of that individual, or those individuals, has surely been invaluable. My question to you is, “Are you currently mentoring someone?” Whether you are or not, formally or informally, the Mentor Advocate Partnership (MAP) program in the Office of Minority Education provides an excellent opportunity to guide an undergraduate student.

    Based upon the number of fall 2011 applicants, we anticipate serving approximately 100 protégés (a 14% increase) in the 2012-2013 academic year and WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!!  The mentor application form is available online; the early application deadline is May 15, 2012.

    MAP is a volunteer mentoring program seeking to foster the holistic development of students along academic and non-academic dimensions. Studies show that students who are integrated and involved in both the academic and social mainstreams of campus life are more likely to graduate and have greater satisfaction with their collegiate experience. Our Mentors have the opportunity to guide MIT freshmen and sophomores, known as Protégés, in building relationships, academic endeavors, and personal well-being, while offering encouragement and providing a proactive support network. You will know your impact on a Protégé when you hear them say “I had an outlet – someone to talk to about things that were going on in my life – both the good and the bad.”

  • The Office of Minority Education’s Momentum program is a four week, 6-unit course (16.681) offered during IAP and designed to give first and second year students experience solving an interdisciplinary problem. Past themes have included Engineering Disasters and Developing Cost Efficient Heating Solutions for the Developing world. For the first week of the program students receive lectures and class instruction that will help them address the challenge. Participants are divided into teams of 4-5 students and are charged with developing a prototype of their solution. Teams are provided with a budget, hobby shop memberships, and assistance from course instructors and staff. This year the course will be taught by Rhonda Jordan, PhD candidate in the Engineering Systems Division.

  • CSNE logoWhile MIT will be a strong research partner in the recently announced multi-institution Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, the NSF-funded Center will also support diverse programs at MIT that foster interest and promote success in STEM education among underrepresented minority students.

  • Interphase 2011 T-shirtIt is hard to believe that another year has passed so quickly, but as many of the MIT offices start to take summer vacations the Interphase staff hears footsteps…On Sunday, June 26, 2011 the sounds go from a whisper to a roar with the arrival of the latest Interphase cohort. Seventy members of the incoming Class of 2015 have decided to pass up “their last summer” by spending their time learning more about the unique MIT culture. The members of this Interphase cohort represent nineteen mainland states and Puerto Rico. Their majors and career interests are as diverse as the communities they have left behind.

    Participating students in Interphase live on MIT's campus and attend classes five days/week, to enhance their analytical-thinking and communication skills. They are taught by current MIT faculty, professors, alumni, and graduate students. As participants are introduced to the MIT culture, they begin to make connections with upperclassmen and recent graduates who facilitate recitation and discussion groups. They serve as role models, mentors and leaders to the incoming class.

    Interphase 2011 Students

  • The 2010-11 academic year has whisked by, but not without the Mentor Advocate Partnership (MAP) program making significant strides. From a new matching process and inaugural kick-off event to a new motto, MAP’s End of Year Celebration was an opportunity for all protégés as well as current and future mentors to enjoy.

    Mentor of the Year awarded to Sandy Tenorio

    The celebration took place on May 4th in the new Media Lab overlooking the Charles River and Boston skyline. With a room draped in cardinal and gray, authentic Mexican cuisine, and special guests from across the Institute it was an all around special evening. OME Faculty Advisory Committee members, Global Education and Career Development staff, and the Dean for Undergraduate Education, Dan Hastings, were in attendance to support MAP’s final event of the year.

  • Laureates and Leaders Induction Ceremony


    What does it mean to be the Office of Minority Education (OME) at MIT?

    OME is a student-centric office that promotes academic excellence, personal growth, and professional development among undergraduate students from underrepresented minority groups. OME:

    • Provides a culturally focused office on the MIT campus where all students feel welcomed.
    • Formally and informally fosters a sense of community among students, faculty and staff.
    • Offers programs that empower students to thrive academically.
    • Encourages strong mentoring relationships with faculty and staff that provide both personal and academic guidance.
    • Creates opportunities for professional development and networking.
    • Advises students on all aspects of their MIT experience and refers students to appropriate offices within the Institute.
  • The Office of Minority Education’s Mentor Advocate Partnership (MAP) is a volunteer mentoring program for MIT students designed to assist them in enhancing their academic and non-academic development at the Institute. Essentially, MAP connects new MIT students with volunteer faculty and staff mentors. The guiding principle of MAP is that building strong relationships throughout the college experience plays an integral role in academic success and personal satisfaction for students. The mentors have also expressed great enthusiasm for the opportunity to engage with MIT students in a less formal, but equally rewarding manner.

  • The new MIT Diversity and Inclusion site invites the community to:

    • Review the proceedings from the Diversity Leadership Congress and participate in the process going forward.
    • Explore current diversity initiatives and activities.
    • Stay informed through a diversity email list.
    • Suggest ideas and updates to the site.

    At the same time, MIT is launching a more comprehensive project to design a much richer gateway to all of MIT’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.

  • Since some of the “movers and shakers” who helped launch DUE’s Diversity Theme have left MIT for new pursuits, you may have wondered about its current status. I am pleased to report on-going progress on several key initiatives that support this theme.

    As described in the April 2007 Newsletter, diversity theme objectives include advancing the notion that diversity and quality are congruent, and ensuring that minority students are well represented at every level of the educational pipeline at MIT. The theme aligns with the recent Diversity Congress goal to begin to transform MIT into a leader in the movement to link diversity and excellence.