Ignite Seminars

The Ignite seminar series is designed to promote the academic, professional, and personal development of graduate students who self-identify as underrepresented minorities (African American, Hispanic American, Native American, and Native Hawaiian) and underserved (low socio-economic background, first generation college, and other identities) groups at MIT. The series intends to enhance the co-curricular activities offered by MIT departments, labs, and centers – including Career Advising & Professional Development, by framing each seminar topic in terms of the graduate students’ racial and intersectional identities.

On a professional level, the seminars offer the opportunity for students from diverse academic departments to develop supportive peer relationships and to share experiences, insights, and strategies for managing the challenges of graduate work.

On a personal level, by bringing students together in an informal setting, the seminars lower barriers to making social and cultural connections among graduate students across the Institute. These events are also unique opportunities for students to meet and talk informally with faculty and administrators of color.

The schedule for the Ignite Seminar Series for the Spring 2019 semester is listed below. Past presentations have included speakers with expertise on financial planning, business start-ups, preparing for doctoral qualifying examinations, building professional support networks, managing stress, and negotiating conflict.

  • Monday, March 18th: Ignite Your Comeback from Racial Blowback
  • Monday, April 22nd: Ignite Your Wellbeing: What to do when you don’t know what to do
  • Wednesday, May 8th: MIT Multicultural Awards Banquet*
  • Thursday, May 16th: MITGradDiversity End of the Semester Celebration
  • Monday, May 20th: Topic To Be Announced
  • Friday, June 8th: Graduating Minorities Luncheon*

RSVP via Eventbrite at https://mitgraddiversity.eventbrite.com.

Questions:  MITGradDiversity@mit.edu617-324-8453

*Additional co-sponsors include the Office of Multicultural Programs (OMP), Office of Minority Education (OME), and Institute Community and Equity Office (ICEO)