Social Responsibility

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The concept of social responsibility allows individuals to work with integrity and understand the broader social implications of their decisions and actions. Here is information to help bolster skills in this area including your ability to:

  • Use ethical reasoning as a driver of appropriate actions
  • Recognize social and environmental impacts of actions
  • Consider the economic and governmental context of actions

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The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values

The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT is a nonpartisan think tank dedicated to work on the ethical and humane dimensions of life.  The Center’s programs emphasize responsibility and examine meaningfulness and purpose between individuals, organizations, and societies.  Programs and initiatives include: Transformative Leadership; The Ethics Initiative; and the IAP 2022 Seminar Series: Innovation and Social Justice.

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Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center

The Priscilla King Gray (PKG) Public Service Center offers the MIT community resources to engage in public service. Graduate students can apply for a PKG fellowship for funding to support service ideas and initiatives.

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MISTI welcomes graduate student participation in fully funded global research and internship experiences. Their program managers can help you find opportunities in countries around the world.

PhDs: Suggestions for Every Stage

Paid Positions at the Office of Sustainability

The MIT Office of Sustainability is seeking applicants for a 10-week, student researcher summer cohort program.

We have 6 hourly paid positions for graduate and undergraduate students.

This is an opportunity to dive into hands-on projects aimed at advancing sustainability …

By Tara Thakurta
Tara Thakurta Graduate Community Fellow
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Chancellor’s Community Innovation Fund Is Back!

The Chancellor’s Community Innovation Fund is back!

Founded and supported by the Office of the Chancellor, the Community Innovation Fund seeks to leverage the creativity and problem-solving skills of MIT students, staff, and faculty to strengthen the fabric of our …

By Tara Thakurta
Tara Thakurta Graduate Community Fellow
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A new resource for teaching responsible technology development

Terri Park | MIT Schwarzman College of Computing | MIT News

The Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing publishes a collection of original pedagogical materials developed for instructional use on MIT OpenCourseWare.

Read the full article on MIT News.

By Simona Rosu
Simona Rosu Senior Assistant Director, Postdoctoral Career and Professional Development
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Lindsey Backman: Biochemist, mentor, and advocate

Hannah Meiseles | MIT News Office

Publication Date: September 28, 2021

The PhD candidate studies the human microbiome and its proteins, while also championing the Latinx community on MIT’s campus. Raised in Tampa, Florida, Lindsey Backman takes pride in her family’s …

By MIT News
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Working Against Racism Within Career Advising and Employer Recruitment

Career Advising and Professional Development (CAPD) has a responsibility to acknowledge and recognize the systematic processes that disadvantage our Black and African American students in the MIT student recruiting process.  #ShutDownAcademia on June 10th was the perfect time to say …

By Lydia Huth
Lydia Huth Communications Specialist
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MIT IDEAS Resource Gallery

A list of resources comprised by MIT IDEAS, the PKG Public Service Center’s social responsibility initiative.

Mark your calendars! Every …