Conversations You Can't Have On-campus
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"Conversations You Can't Have On-campus: Being a Woman at MIT."
This retreat aims to bring together a diverse array of women students from across the Institute to start to unpack what it means to be a woman at MIT, and it is open to all current undergraduate and graduate students who identify as women.
Specifically participants will:
- Engage in honest conversation about the opportunities and challenges they face
- Discuss the stereotypes, expected behaviors, and social norms they encounter
- Reflect on what it means to live as your genuine self
- Forge relationships with new individuals, including peers, faculty, and staff
- Build community based off of mutual respect
This retreat starts with a dinner on Friday, April 6 from 6pm to 8pm to be held in R&D Common. Dinner will begin with a Keynote Address from Professor Evelyn Wang, focused specifically on her experiences as an MIT student and her challenges both personal and academic. From there students will have the opportunity to interact with faculty and staff seated throughout the venue.
Professor Wang is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and graduated from MIT in 2000 with her SB, Mechanical Engineering. She is also a graduate of Stanford University with her PhD in Mechanical Engineering. For more information on Dr. Wang.
The main portion of the retreat continues on Saturday, April 7 from 9am to 5pm at the Sloan School, E62, with a series of open forum discussions, break out sessions, and one-on-one conversations. We will be focusing in on the majority of the bullet-points listed above throughout the day. We look forward to your potential involvement!