Story of LBGT@MIT
Commitment, Mission, and Values
You are Welcome Here 2015
In 2015 we are working to re-vamp You are Welcome Here (YAWH) to go beyond the already welcoming experience displayed graphically throughout the Institute. The master plan consists of two main goals:
- Provide faculty and staff with substantial information on how to be welcoming to all of MIT's diverse student population. We want to provide them with a "toolbox" of positive actions they can take to be welcoming. YAWH wants the community to move from passively being tolerant, to actively being welcoming. We will team up with the Institute Community and Equity Office to reach all parts of the faculty and staff so that this happens.
- Allow everyone to print their own customized YAWH sign. In addition to being able to choose the image or even make your own (from a template), an important addition will be to create a set of "badges" that will print on the sign. These badges will be earned by faculty and staff who actively participate in diversity meetings and events, especially those for LBGT concerns.
How you can help!
We need students, facutly, staff, and alumni to help us make YAWH better by:
- Provide feedback! We will have "family" group dinners on 2015-Apr-02 and also in May (exact date TBA) in the Rainbow Lounge (50-005), where you can tell us all about both great experiences that you want to see happen again and those unhappy experiences we must fix... and also about things that are simply missing. You can also use the anonymous form below at any time to send us your feedback.
- Help us program the dynamic/interactive YAWH sticker - we need savvy students & other volunteers to help us create the online interface for faculty and staff to print their own sign, including the "badging" system.
- Help us identify what badges there should be.
Let us know your anecdotes about both successful or failed interactions in a diverse environment, especially when you just arrived into a new situation at MIT and met new people (advisees meeting advisors; joining a class; joining a new living group or student activity, etc). This can be a student telling us about their experience with faculty/staff, or faculty/staff about their experience with students, or between students - any combination! We want to hear any stories that will help us make everyone feel more welcome at MIT.
If you want to keep this anonymous, only provide the story. If you want to get credit for your story, tell us your information. Its completely up to you. Please note that in cases where we find (or you tell us) that identifying either students, faculty, or staff could be detrimental to our goal of improving the welcome experience we might change your story to make it anonymous for all parties involved.
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