Permanent memorial for MIT Police Officer Sean Collier

June 7, 2013

collier memorial

MIT Police Chief John DiFava (Director, Facilities Operations and Security) and Martin Schmidt’s (Associate Provost)

thank the MIT community for the tremendous generosity we showed as we mourned the loss of Officer Sean Collier. In their words, “The MIT community truly came together to support his family, friends, and fellow police officers. In many ways, people gathered together and expressed their grief. The MIT Police received personal visits, phone calls, emails, flowers, and food, and saw two shrines develop on campus. And together, we experienced a wonderful memorial attended by thousands of caring people. Two of the groups that Sean belonged to are selling t-shirts to keep “Collier Strong” alive.

“In addition to expressing themselves in all these ways, many people suggested that we create a permanent memorial to honor Sean’s dedication to MIT. To pursue that idea we are creating a committee to find an appropriate permanent memorial space on campus. The committee will be made up of members from the MIT Police and Facilities, MIT groups that Sean belonged to, and faculty representatives.We are asking for your ideas on this memorial to Sean’s memory. For the next few weeks we will be collecting ideas on what kind of memorial it should be, where it will be located, and how it can fit into the campus community. The ideas will be reviewed by the committee with a recommendation submitted to the Building Committee at the end of the summer. Please email your suggestions to by June 30, 2013.

“The people who live and work here make MIT the wonderful place that Sean loved. Thank you for participating in the creation of a permanent memorial in his honor.”

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