This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the MIT Black Student Union.
In honor of this significant milestone, BAMIT is excited to host the BAMIT Capstone Weekend on Friday, November 2nd to Sunday, November 4, 2018. Our theme is The Road to 50: The Power of Community. During the weekend we will celebrate the long history of the BSU at MIT, and connect with members of our extended community to both learn from and support one another.
We also will recognize the contributions, accomplishments, and sacrifices of past and present MIT alumni, while continuing to plan for future success. Our focus is identifying how we can positively impact communities inside and outside of MIT. We are excited about the opportunity to convene current MIT students and alumni to share stories about the power of community.
As we celebrate memories of studying, laughing, living, playing, singing, pledging, innovating, and serving together, we will also hold high our enduring truth: We are a dynamic, diverse, and vibrant community. We have always been, we still are, and we will continue to be.
BAMIT Community Advancement Program Fund
We are excited to announce the formation of the new BAMIT Community Advancement Program Fund. The BCAP Fund will provide grants to Black students at MIT engaging in outreach projects that impact communities in the Black Diaspora. All donations and charitable contributions collected above the costs associated with the Capstone will help launch the BCAP Fund.
Our goal is for the BCAP Fund to empower ambitious students who are committed to addressing the many challenges facing our communities in education, architecture, the arts, STEM, and environment and cultural concerns. After MIT students have been selected for designated BCAP projects, BAMIT will engage Black alumni to serve as mentors and additional sources of support.
This program is a new and important BAMIT initiative that will become part of our legacy. It will enable greater community impact and provide a new way to connect alumni to students and to each other. Please consider multi-year support. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or click the link below.
THE BAMIT CAPSTONE PROGRAM
We have a full weekend agenda filled with engaging content for everyone! Our program of events promises to be challenging, informative, inspiring, entertaining, and fun. Plus, there will be ample time to connect with friends, both new and old. As of today, this is where we stand but there are still a few surprises to come. Continue to check the website for updates and additions.
Friday, November 2nd
5:00 - 7:00 PM (Wong Auditorium, Building E51-115)
Welcome: MIT President, L. Rafael Reif
MIT Before BSU: Dr. Clarence Williams and Nelly Rosario ‘94,
MIT Black History Project
MIT After BSU: Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson ‘68, PhD ‘73
BSU-Sponsored Panel Discussion: A backward glance at our history and a look forward at our future with special guest participants
Ursula Burns, Former CEO, Xerox; Life Member, MIT Corporation
Dr. Erica James, Associate Professor, Medical Anthropology and Urban Studies, MIT
Dr. Kristala L. Jones Prather, Arthur D. Little Professor of Chemical Engineering
Dr. Clarence Williams, Director, MIT Black History project; Former Special Assistant to the MIT President
Kelvin Green '21
Arthur Brown (Grad Student) '22
7:30 - 10:30 PM (Tang Foyer, Building E51)
BAMIT Welcome Reception: Network with alumni and students
Saturday, November 3rd
8:00 - 9:00 AM (Foyer, Building E51, 70 Memorial Drive)
Breakfast & Registration: Start the day connecting with old friends
9:00 - 9:45 AM (Wong Auditorium, Building E51-115)
Orientation for the Day: A review of the activities for the day.
Recollections - Connecting the Past to the Present: Discuss the history of the BSU with former and current BSU Co-Chairs and Founders.
Moderator: R. Erich Caulfield, SM '01, PhD '06
BSU Co-Chair Panelists:
James Turner ‘71
Sam Denard ‘74
Rocklyn Clarke ‘80
Crystal Dixon ‘90
Valarie Thomas ‘92
Louis Fouche ‘07
Naomi Dereje ‘21
9:45 - 10:30 AM (Wong Auditorium, Building E51-115)
MIT & Slavery: A presentation by MIT students (Kelvin Green; Charlotte Minsky; Mahi Elango) who conducted research for a new MIT course led by Craig Steven Wilder, Barton L Professor of History; author of Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities.
Moderator: Nora Murphy, Archivist for Researcher Services, MIT Institute Archives and Special Collections
10:45 AM - Noon (Wong Auditorium, Building E51-115)
What’s Happening at MIT - Enhancing the Black Experience at MIT: A discussion on key areas of interest including faculty diversity, mental health, and a progress report on student and alumni recommendations on how to make MIT more welcoming and inclusive
Moderator: Alyce Johnson, Interim Institute Community and Equity Officer and Manager of Staff Diversity and Inclusion
La-Tarri Canty, Associate Dean for Intercultural Engagement
Lorraine Goffe, Vice President for Human Resources
Paula Hammond, David H. Koch Professor & Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering
Kirk D. Kolenbrander, Vice President
Melissa Nobles, Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Professor of Political Science
Cecil R. Webster, Jr., M.D., Clinical Program Director, Diversity Health Outreach Programs Mental Health & Counseling, MIT Medical
Noon - 1:00 PM (Foyer, Building E51, 70 Memorial Drive)
BSU Founders Lunch: Meet BAMIT supporters, new and old, and discuss how we can continue to promote our mission.
1:30 - 2:30 PM (Wong Auditorium, Building E51-115)
BAMIT-President’s Office Panel Event: Building Community to Make a Better World — A much anticipated and rare convening of university Presidents, all with deep connections to MIT
Moderator: John Silvanus Wilson, Senior Advisor and Strategist to the President of Harvard University; President Emeritus, Morehouse College
Panelists: University Presidents
L. Rafael Reif (MIT), the Institute's 17th President, has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1980. He previously served as Provost, head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories, and was the Fariborz Maseeh Professor of Emerging Technology.
Shirley Ann Jackson ’68, PhD ‘73 (Rensselaer) helped to organize a group of African-American students, which ultimately became the Black Students’ Union (BSU). Dr. Jackson is one of the two first Black women to receive an SB degree from MIT, and the first Black woman to receive a PhD in any discipline from MIT.
Larry Bacow ‘72 (Harvard) was a member of the MIT faculty for 24 years. He served as MIT Chancellor and Chair of the Faculty, and was the Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies.
2:45 - 3:30 PM (Building E51, 1st floor and 3rd floor classrooms)
Lightning Talks (simultaneous sessions): Be inspired and energized by the accomplishments of alumni with diverse academic degrees, class membership, and in varied fields. They will give 8 minute talks about their work and how it impacts the “community”.
3:45 - 4:30 PM (Wong Auditorium, Building E51-115)
What’s Happening at MIT - Student & Alumni Perspectives: A community building event for BAMIT members and current students from the Black community (undergrad and grad) to freely share with each other. This is a closed session.
4:45 - 5:30 PM (Wong Auditorium, Building E51-115)
Reflections: An opportunity to connect with fellow alumni.
7:00 - 11:00 PM (Boston Marriott Cambridge, Kendall Square, 50 Broadway)
Capstone Gala: Join us for our formal evening celebration, featuring a catered reception, awards presentation, and a keynote address by Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson ‘68, PhD ‘73, BSU co-founder and the first Black woman to receive a doctorate in any discipline from MIT. During the evening, we will also recognize and salute persons that have been mainstays in the Black Community.
The program will be followed by music and dancing.
DRESS CODE: Festive Attire (or Wakanda inspired)
In recognition of the Power of Community and the impact of Wakanda, African Attire is welcome.
Sunday, November 4th
9:00 - 10:30 AM (MIT Media Lab, Building E-14, 6th floor)
Community Brunch & Networking: Connect with friends, new and old, for a light brunch.
Performance by Sakata Afrique (MIT African Dance Troupe)
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (MIT Media Lab, Building E-14, 6th floor)
Welcome and Introduction: Joi Ito, Director, MIT Media Lab.
Afro-futurism Panel: Looking at examples of movies such as Black Panther, Star Trek, and others, we will explore the impact of the Black experience in science fiction, culture and technology, looking at how each influences the other. By examining examples from the past and present, we will imagine the effects of these relationships on these elements in the future and discuss the implications. This is a bridge to the next 50 years and beyond.
Moderator: Danielle Wood, Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT
Gregory Anderson, Senior VFX Supervisor / Head of Studio, FuseFx NY
Jd Michaels, EVP, Director of Creative Engineering, Co-Director of Diversity, BBDO NY
M. Amah Edoh, Assistant Professor of African Studies, MIT
12:30 - 1:30 PM (MIT Media Lab, Building E-14, 6th floor)
Reflections & The Road Ahead: An opportunity to share lessons learned and plan next steps.
We’ve secured a block of rooms for Capstone attendees at The Hyatt, Memorial Drive, Cambridge. First come-first served.
For more information, visit The Hyatt's website below.
The BAMIT Capstone is a great opportunity for MIT alumni and others to make a meaningful contribution to diverse education at MIT. We plan to achieve record levels of participation in both attendance and giving.
Our goal is to announce total donations in excess of $250,000 at the Capstone Gala to launch the BAMIT Community Advancement Program and endow the BCAP Fund. We have a range of sponsorship opportunities, from the Capstone Level of $50,000 to the Technology and the Dream Level of $1000.
No gift is too small. And, as always, your giving is tax deductible. Gifts can be made via credit card, PayPal or check. All questions regarding sponsorship opportunities or donations should be sent to email@example.com.