Action Learning

Action Learning Black Lives Matter Solidarity Statement


MIT Sloan Action Learning stands in solidarity with Black people and communities of color.

In recent days, our community has struggled to truly understand how to respond to the challenges we face. We applaud our Black Business Student Association members and other participants of our community as they speak with candor about their lived experiences. We hear you. We see you. We stand with you.

Action Learning provides opportunities for students to interact with and learn from diverse partners in different regions of the U.S. and the world.  Action Learning is a forum for students to encounter new ways to listen, observe, reflect, adapt, grow and respond. Difficult but necessary conversations ensue; all the better to enrich learning on all sides, and move to action.We hear the need to listen and to make changes to improve the world. If you have ideas about how MIT Sloan Action Learning can be part of the change, please contact us at


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USA Lab: Bringing the Role of Orangeburg, S.C., in Civil Rights Movement to Light

In 2019, USA Lab partnered with the South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development to research the feasibility of opening a museum that explores its role in the Civil Rights movement.

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Barbara Dyer | Senior Lecturer of Work and Organization Studies, MIT Sloan School of Management
Through their fieldwork, USA Lab students engage with communities that are very different from what they experience on MIT’s urban campus, and the students develop a textured understanding of their host community’s strengths, goals, and challenges. That’s important, because the ability to understand different perspectives and communities is an essential aspect of leadership today.
Thomas Kochan | George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management
The recent tragic deaths in the Black community remind us of the need to deepen our understanding of racial divisions and to take action to close them. This is what USA Lab aims to do by exploring racism and inequality in America. Students then work directly with community leaders on projects to heal these deep wounds. Please join us in putting our MIT motto, mens et manus, to work in this way.