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October 2020 Newsletter

Welcome! from your DEI Committee

Welcome to our new Course X monthly newsletter on our continued work addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) both inside our department and outside in our broader community.  We are very excited to announce this newsletter as a part of our ongoing communication of activities and strategic plans for the department.  

Each month, one of our members of the DEI committee will offer a short commentary or introduction like this one in this space.  The newsletter will also highlight one of our amazing programs and their efforts in working towards equitable experiences for all members of our department (present and future)!  Finally, the newsletter will also provide a resource to connect you with upcoming events that may be of interest—both inside and out of the department.   

We believe that there are so many impactful efforts already happening in our community that we want to bring awareness to in these newsletters and help you identify new ways to engage and think about how we are working together for our common goals.

Your DEI Committee Co-chairs,
Sharece Corner and Chris Love


Program highlight

Do you know of an URM undergraduate in
chemical engineering, chemistry or materials science who wants to learn more about graduate school?
Point them to the ACCESS program,
which will run October 15 and 16 online.

Other highlights


DICE Donation Drive


The DICE donation drive for anti-racism organizations is still going on! Contact Cynthia Ni ( to be a part of this initiative.

Mandatory Postdoc Training

October 5
Implicit Bias Training
for ChemE Postdocs
with Beatriz Cantada (ICEO) and
Noelle Wakefield (OGE)
October 5, 2020
11:30am to 1:00pm
Contact Melanie Charette for more info

ICEO Community Dialogue

October 6
Committing to Antiracism with Lauren Wojtkun & Edward Alexander
October 6, 2020
12pm to 1:30pm
Click here for more info
Visit the new MIT ChemE DEI webpage for more information on our strategy, initiatives, and goals.

Save the Date!

ChemE-sponsored Special Event

Angela Davis
A live moderated discussion and Q/A on allyship, anti-racism, and social activism
sponsored by ChemE, BE, and DMSE
October 21, 2020
Event link TBA

Postdoc Survey

MIT Black Postdoc Association

A survey is available to gauge interest in the support for building a Black Postdoctoral Group in the MIT Postdoctoral Association. Postdocs: if you haven't already, please fill out the survey.

We want to hear from you

Do you have questions or comments about diversity, inclusion, and equality in the department, MIT, or in general? Let us know.


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