About LBGTQ@MIT

Meet the Staff

Find out more about your LBGTQ+ Services staff here!

Lauryn McNair, Assistant Dean of Intercultural Engagement for LBGTQ+, Women, and Gender Services

Pronouns: she, her, hers and they, them, theirs
Phone: 617-252-1612
E-mail: lmcnair@mit.edu 
<- I love emails! Just call me Lauryn, no gendered titles please. :) 

Office Hours: Tuesdays 11am - 1pm EST & Thursdays 3-pm - 5pm EST.

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.

Graduate Staff

Nina Foushee, LBGTQ+ Services Graduate Assistant

Pronouns: she, her, hers 
E-mail: nfoushee@mit.edu

Office Hours: Thursdays 2-4PM EST (email me to set up a time)

Nina Foushee is a first-year clinical social work student at Boston College. She holds a B.A. in history from Stanford University and has spent the past decade living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to graduate school, Nina worked as a writer, editor, and communications manager. Her work with Oakland Pride gave her an abiding interest in how queer spaces can foster community while pursuing social justice. She looks forward to connecting with MIT’s LBGTQIA+ students and exploring different avenues of queer community-building at MIT. Nina's interests include psychotherapy, environmental justice, and the words of James Baldwin.

 

Rainbow Lounge Student Workers

 

LBGTQ+ Services 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 lbgt@mit.edu if interested in being on the waitlist for future opportunities.  We are all set for Fall 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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.