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Astronomy Colloquium - "Hacking a Respectful and Caring Community in Your Department”


Edmund Bertschinger, Professor of Physics, MIT

Date Nov 18, 2014
Time 3:45 pm  

Astronomy 134


Department of Astronomy


Rebecca Bare

Event type Colloquia
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Hacking refers to creative, collaborative effort to solve technical problems.  Just as the meaning of “hacker” has evolved, “technical problems” can be extended to include factors that limit the success of many academic departments in technical fields such as privilege, unconscious bias, marginalization of out-group members, etc.  Creative, collaborative effort to advance a respectful and caring community can leverage the power of diversity, improve student and faculty success, and enhance the quality of life for everyone.  I will describe the successful efforts made to hack both diversity and excellence at MIT.

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