We (Austin, Natalie, and Scott) are writing to you in light of the recent events that resulted in the murders of Minneapolis’ George Floyd, Georgia’s Ahmaud Arber, Louisville’s Breonna Taylor. All three lost their lives because of hate, bigotry, and racism, three items that the U.S. continues to wrestle with centuries after its founding.
The story of violence born out of racism does not start with them, and it is a sad realization that it will not likely end with them. It appears however, that the loss of these three individuals may have brought us to a tipping point, a crucible moment that arrived due to their sacrifices, and the sacrifices of so many others. We honor and recognize those names towards the end of this message.
We work really hard to create and sustain a community where students feel they belong, have security, and know they can reach out to anyone in our community when they are in need. While we do what we can while the semester is in session it is times like these that remind us that our sense of community cannot and should not be bound by semester, distance or time zone.
During a recent staff meeting, we discussed how this loss of Black Lives has impacted us. While we are three different people with three different stories we all shared similar feelings of pain, frustration, anger, and restlessness. After checking in with one another we (as we often do) thought of you, our Course 15 family. We collectively agreed that it was important to emphatically state that the devaluing of people, collectively or individually, is wrong, and we will continue to work to ensure that Course 15, MIT, and our outside communities affirm the identities and worth of all people, especially those historically and recently marginalized. We also want to check in with you during this really tough time and say “Hey, we are thinking about you. Are you doing ‘ok?’” And if the answer to that question is - “I’m not doing ok,” - It’s ok to feel that way. If you’re not certain, or confused - It’s ok to feel that way as well.However you feel we want you to know that we are here for you. We also want you to know that we are planning on events/opportunities this summer to strengthen our Course 15 community, educate our Course 15 community, and give voice to members of our Course 15 community. We welcome your thoughts and feedback for how to most effectively do this.
In recognition and honor of those who have been lost. . . and countless others before them:
With much love and support - Austin, Natalie, and Scott
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The MIT Sloan undergraduate program provides an academic experience where students learn how to bring business perspectives to their technical and quantitative expertise. Our program is designed to provide students with a deep understanding of management education grounded in the scientific method.
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We are committed to creating learning environments that are inclusive, welcoming, supportive, and empowering for all students who are majoring, minoring, or interested in learning more about Course 15. It is through these core values that we hope to provide a platform for members of our community to engage in the work of making a better world.
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Student Advisory Board
The Student Advisory Board (SAB) is a student group that is comprised of Course 15 students. The members of the SAB volunteer their time to represent the Sloan Undergraduate community. The Board provides the Undergraduate Education Office with valuable feedback about classes, events and other initiatives that lend to sustaining the sense of community and academic excellence that typifies the Course 15 experience.
Updates from the SABDuring October's meeting, the Advisory Board discussed what kinds of activities, behaviors, and experiences allow for undergraduates to a successful career exploration process. Finding a job is an important outcome, and what the Advisory Board surfaced during the October meeting is that there are many paths, people, and events that play critical roles in not only discovering what MIT students want to do but also who MIT students can be. Here is a list of the experiences that the Advisory Board identified as important to an MIT student's career exploration process. Below are some photos from October's meeting.
Academic advising calls for both students and faculty to be knowledgeable of the important dates, deadlines, resources, and requirements of being an MIT student. We've composed a list of important resources and reminders for all members of our community. Please note, the link will open up to another tab in your browser.
Student Spotlight: Vick Liu
Student Spotlight: Deekshita Kacham
15-2, Business Analytics; 6-14, Computer Science, Economics and Data Science
Student Spotlight: Sarah Quraishi
Student Spotlight: Elena Alberti
Student Spotlight: Austin Mayweather
MIT Sloan Undergraduate Education Climate Study
Looking to broaden the ways in which we can get feedback about Course 15, this past summer we put together a climate survey. The survey would serve as a way to collect more information about some specific questions we had about how our community experiences Course 15. Below you will find a report that contains information regarding the breakdown of students who filled out the survey, their responses, summary of those responses, and some brief reflections on what the responses might indicate: areas that we seem to be performing well, potential blind spots, and where we can make improvements. These survey responses are of great importance in our efforts to build community and create a culture that reflects our communal aspirations.