Darien Alexander Williams

Department: Urban Studies And Planning
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
GCF Position: OGE Diversity Initiatives Community

I work in the Office of Graduate Education’s Diversity Initiatives, coordinating students and resources for effective programming and problem-solving to support MIT’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Darien (left) and his co-fellow (Dasjon) work together in the OGE Diversity Initiatives Community position.

How does your GCF project enhance the graduate student community?

Our work is responsive to the organized and expressed needs of graduate students from every department across the Institute. Currently, we coordinate a Graduate Students of Color Advisory Council, a working collective of graduate student leaders in an advisory role dedicated to improve Institute objectives, goals, student life, and programming.

What is your favorite part of working in your GCF position?

I really enjoy getting to personally connect with graduate students of color across the Institute – students I would’ve otherwise never met!