About LBGTQ@MIT

Meet the Staff

Find out more about your LBGTQ+ Services staff here!

Lauryn McNair, Assistant Director of Intercultural Engagement for LBGTQ+ Services

Pronouns: she, her, hers and they, them, theirs
Phone: 617-252-1612
E-mail: lmcnair@mit.edu

Lauryn collaborates with departments, administrators, and student groups to develop and implement educational, intersectional LGBTQ+ programs at MIT. Lauryn joins us after working at Babson College as the Multicultural and LGBTQ+ Program Coordinator. There, her programs spanned campus wide events such as the Multicultural Festival and heritage month celebrations to providing group education on leadership and identity, safe zone trainings, gender expansive trainings, and club support. In her intern roles, she advised first-generation college students and developed and facilitated programming for Trans and Gender Non-conforming communities throughout the Greater Boston area. McNair holds an MSW from Boston College School of Social Work with a macro concentration in family, youth, and children and a BA from Colgate University with a double major in sociology and Caribbean studies.

Student Assistants

LBGTQ @MIT provides paid employment opportunities for students to engage their leadership, design, programming, and peer counseling skills. Any currently enrolled MIT graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to contact us via e-mail at lmcnair@mit.edu if interested in being on the waitlist for future opportunities.

 

 

Nikki Fortuno Abeleda, Graduate Assistant of Intercultural Engagement for LBGTQ+ Services

Pronouns: she, her, hers and they, them, theirs
E-mail: abeleda@mit.edu

Nikki is a current Advanced Standing MSW candidate at Boston College with a concentration of Clinical Mental Health. Her clinical internship is at Boston Medical Center working in NICU and Maternity Services. She is a community organizer and advocate working with the most underserved communities such as Black and Indigenous Queer and Transgender People of Color, immigrants and refugees, and similarly marginalized groups. In her previous roles, Nikki was a Health Advocate to support the Transgender community to advocate for their health care rights and served as a Site Director for a before and after school program working with school age youth. Nikki received her Bachelors Degree in Social Work at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS).  Lastly, Nikki has worked with different leadership boards such as: Philippine National Day Association (PNDA), Asian Pacific Islander Queer Sacramento Coalition (APIQSC), and is a co-founder of Sacramento Filipinx LGBTQIA. She looks forward to be at MIT to do intersectional work and to uplift the LGBTQIA community.

 

 

 

 


Guiding Principles

Learn more about LBGTQ @MIT's Commitment to Racial Justice, Mission, Vision and Values.

Commitment to Racial Justice

LBGTQ @MIT is committed to eliminating racism within the LBGTQ+ community at MIT and within the larger MIT community as a whole. Specifically, LBGTQ @MIT will work to:

  • Help students, faculty, and staff reflect on their own racial prejudices and privileges (e.g., white and male privileges).
  • Help students, faculty, and staff understand and act on issues of racial injustice.
  • Promote programs and events at MIT that incorporate issues of racism and issues of homophobia on campus.
  • Support students, faculty, and staff with multiple identities.
  • Help cultivate student leaders of color within the LBGTQ+ and allying communities at MIT.
  • Build coalitions with other identity-based student groups at MIT.

Mission

With a primary focus on students, our mission is to ensure a safe and supportive campus-wide community where students of diverse gender, romantic, and sexual identities are all welcomed as equals.

Vision

MIT's educational mission supports and embraces all of our diverse individual identities including those with marginalized romantic/sexual orientations, gender identities, and intersex people. MIT is a diverse place where all aspects of people's identities are welcomed and integrated into the fabric of MIT, where all members of the MIT community are taking steps to learn about various marginalized identities, and where all individuals are respected for who they are, free from any prejudice, harassment, or discrimination.

Values

  • We educate and uplift the MIT community about the diversity of identities including ace, genderqueer, intersex, nonbinary, pansexual, trans and many more.
  • We practice and encourage open, honest, and respectful discussion.
  • We encourage others to examine their assumptions, and to embrace who they are and who others are.
  • We help develop a safe, supportive and equitable environment.
  • We work to build a community that welcomes all experiences and identities.
  • We collaborate with other groups and offices to address issues of social justice on campus including race, class, gender, and sexual orientation amongst others.
  • We advocate for diverse leadership at all levels of MIT.

History

LBGTQ @MIT has a robust history of challenges and successes The Story of LBGTQ Life at MIT  captures many of these events among others. This page captures many of these events among other contextual information regarding LBGTQ-inclusion in Massachusetts and beyond.