At MIT, momentum is a phenomenon we realize. It furthermore defines us as a neighborhood. Earlier in the one year, when I announced I’d step down as president, one necessary responsibility became particularly sure to me: sustaining the Institute’s momentum by the transition to its next president.
Fortunately, a crew of better than 200 MIT college students, staff, and college have given us a blueprint for doing appropriate that. Early in the pandemic, Project Power 2021 started atmosphere us an agenda—a concept for motion that lets in discovering in as quickly as the pandemic loosened its withhold on our lives.
The duty force outlined the foundational progress essential to compose sure as we transfer forward, all participants of our neighborhood have the MIT they need. Recommendations integrated expanding loyal vogue and mentoring for graduate college students. Reevaluating science, math, and engineering requirements. Rising alternatives for social fairness packages. Enhancing on-line learning and credentialing. All of this—and reasonably lots extra—must restful give MIT’s 18th president a appropriate running delivery.
Even with our neighborhood scattered internationally, now we were succesful of advance pressing global priorities, love our Climate Gargantuan Challenges. The CGC flagship projects are on notice to compose a profound contribution, accelerating the response to the existential misfortune of native climate change.
And we learned a technique to turn pandemic restrictions to our again: we mercurial realized that having fewer other folks at MIT would compose it that worthy simpler to revitalize our bodily campus with minimal disruption. We remodeled Kendall Sq. with originate areas and a ticket-mild Welcome Heart. We region about revitalizing the west campus, with New Vassar and a brand mild house for theater arts. And now we have damaged floor on a brand mild music constructing that will additional liven up the coronary heart of campus with original vitality and creativity.
Now we have gotten furthermore superior a central priority that is much less tangible, but appropriate as necessary: making MIT a extra humane, welcoming neighborhood the set aside every of us can thrive. A considerate, dedicated Values Commentary Committee has drafted a press free up that celebrates our prolonged-standing values whereas inspiring us to region our sights bigger. In the intervening time, Institute Professor Penny Chisholm and extinct chancellor Phil Clay, PhD ’75, are guiding a working crew toward establishing a shared working out of free expression at MIT.
All of this work is greatly necessary. But I must admit that we are intriguing one particular concept forward with the utmost anticipation: bringing all people together this spring to ship off our mild graduates and have an even time reunions. To boot to this one year’s graduating and reunion classes, we can glance the past two 25th and 50th reunion classes and the classes of 2020 and 2021.
I will no longer wait to notice all of you, in person, at MIT.