Ad Hoc Committee on Arts, Culture, and DEI

Activating the Arts and Humanities

President Reif’s letter to the MIT Community on July 1, 2020 outlined the steps that MIT will take to address systemic problems regarding racial equity at the Institute. As part of the commitment to confront our history, challenge common assumptions, and incorporate previously marginalized voices, he called for an ad hoc committee to activate the arts and humanities in this effort. Provost Martin Schmidt has appointed John Dozier, Institute Community Equity Officer, and Philip S. Khoury, Associate Provost and Ford International Professor of History, to co-chair this committee.

Photo of dancers on stage posing at the end of a performance, each holding large, unfoldable letters that spell out M I T
Members of the MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble perform during It Must Be Now! (IMBN!). Photographer: Caroline Alden.

The Charge, Our Next Steps

The arts are an essential part of the Institute’s culture, and they have great potential to help move it toward a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive future.

The committee will examine the campus as an artistic expression of MIT’s values and learning environment and recommend ways to deepen our understanding of the Institute’s history and project a more equitable vision for the future through digital, performing, physical, and visual experiences. In addition, the committee will propose nimble and flexible programs to recruit artists of color and broaden the diversity of artistic talent showcased at MIT. Gathering information on current and future MIT educational and research activities in the arts, culture, and DEI domain are an important part of this effort, as well as identifying resources to support them.

Committee Members

John Dozier
Institute Community and Equity Officer, Office of the Provost (co-chair)
Philip S. Khoury
Philip S. Khoury
Associate Provost and Ford International Professor of History (co-chair)
Azra Aksamija
Azra Aksamija
’11 PhD, Associate Professor, Program in Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT)
Markus J. Buehler
Markus J. Buehler
McAfee Professor of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Fontini Christia
Fontini Christia
Professor, Political Science
Madhurima Das
Madhurima Das
’18, graduate student, Mechanical Engineering
Michel Anne-Frederic DeGraff
Michel Anne-Frederic DeGraff
Professor, Linguistics
Martha Eddison
Martha Eddison
Special Assistant and Senior Communications Strategist to the President
Peter Godart
Peter Godart
’15 ’18 M.S., PhD candidate, Mechanical Engineering
Annika Gomez
Annika Gomez
PhD candidate, Microbiology
Kelvin Green II
Kelvin Green II
’22, Physics and Literature, UA Officer on Diversity
Paul Ha
Paul Ha
Director, List Visual Arts Center
John Harbison
John Harbison
Institute Professor, Music and Theater Arts
Jade Ishii
Jade Ishii
’22, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Caroline A. Jones
Caroline A. Jones
Professor of the History of Art and Associate Dean, School of Architecture and Planning
Katherine Higgins
Senior Producer, Center for Art, Science & Technology
Leila W. Kinney
Leila W. Kinney
Executive Director of Arts Initiatives and MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology
William Lockett
William Lockett
Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology
Tod Machover
Tod Machover
Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music and Media and Head, Media Arts and Sciences
Trinity Manuelito
Trinity Manuelito
’23, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
John Ochsendorf
John Ochsendorf
Class of 1942 Professor, Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Eto Otitigbe
Eto Otitigbe
’99, Assistant Professor of Sculpture, Brooklyn College
Daniela Rus
Daniela Rus
Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)
Alicia Carina Sanchez
Alicia Carina Sanchez
Executive Director, Foundation Relations
Charles Shadle
Charles Shadle
Senior Lecturer, Music and Theater Arts
Alex K. Shalek
Alex K. Shalek
Associate Professor, Chemistry; Institute for Medical Engineering and Science
Craig Steven Wilder
Craig Steven Wilder
Barton L. Weller Professor of History