Workshops

During MC^2, students will have the chance to choose three out of nine workshops to attend for the day. Each workshop is led by a MIT staff member and will last for approximately 75 minutes.


Opening Address:

When Glorious Hope Revives Our Courage
Suzy Nelson, Ph.D, Vice President and Dean - Division of Student Life 

Workshops:

Refuse, Resist, Empower: Trumping Rape Culture
Vienna Rothberg, M.P.H, Peer Education and Prevention Specialist- Violence Prevention and Reponse

In this interactive workshop, we will explore current examples of rape culture in media, politics and entertainment. We will learn to identify the various weeds of rape culture in our own lives. We will sharpen our tools for culture interruption and creation. And finally, we will share ideas and methods for cultivating seeds for a culture of respect, empowerment and enlightenment in our own lives and communities.

Post Election: Increasing our Capacity for Difficult Conversations
Dr. Cecil Webster, Program Director, Diversity Health Outreach Programs - Mental Health & Counseling, MIT Medical

America's recent Presidential election has revealed many fissures in our society and heightened our sense of difference. Much of the national conversation about these divisions have focused on understanding the often perplexing motivations and priorities of others. In contrast, less emphasis has been placed on our ability as individuals, with our intersecting identities (e.g., race, gender, class, education), to increase our capacity for this understanding. In this workshop we will explore how to increase our capacity for difficult conversations post-election.

So What Now?: Accountable Allyship and Active Bystanding
Julio Oyola, Assistant Director of LGBTQ Services

You matter. You are strong. You are enough. You're fatigued from standing up for yourselves time and time again, and you also want to know effective ways to help those around you. Join us as we spill all the tea on bystander intervention, who's place it is to take action and when, and how we can push ourselves to serve accountable allyship realness.

Got Privilege?
La-Tarri Canty, MSS, Interim Assistant Dean for Student Leadership and Engagement, Director of Student Activities, Director of Multicultural Programs

Some would argue that privilege is one of the most controversial words in the English language. It evokes a multitude of thoughts and feelings when heard. Join us for an interactive discussion as we investigate the word, its varied meanings and the impact it has on our lived experiences. Who has it? What does it all mean? Why should we even care?

White Privilege: Moving From Comfortable to Effective Interactions Across Race
Libby Mahaffy, Assistant Director - Conflict Management@MIT

“Whiteness is pervasive and impacts us all.” --unknown

The social construct of whiteness is powerful and exist on a range of systematic levels, including the personal.  In this workshop, we will introduce how white privilege fosters an invisibility, one that prevents folks from engaging together compassionately. It is necessary for white folks to learn what taking responsibility means, in order to dismantle racism and heal relationships with people of color.

13th: Unpacking the Fine Print of Emancipation
Alyssa Joseph, MPA, Program Manager - Office of Multicultural Programs
Alain Balan, Graduate Assistant for Diversity Initiatives (Black Student Union) - Office of Multicultural Programs

This workshop features a screening of filmmaker Ava Duvernay’s documentary “13th”, named after the 13th Amendment. Join us for a discussion on the societal implications of the film’s main premise which argues that is a direct line connecting the institution of slavery, Jim Crow, and present-day mass incarceration.

And more to come!

Closing Remarks:

You Can't Change What I Never Chose: Advocacy in Action From MIT to the White House
Samuel Brinton '13, MS, Senior Policy Analyst - Bipartisan Policy Center - Washington, D.C.