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 
<- 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

Robert Hines, LBGTQ+ Services Graduate Assistant

Pronouns: He, Him, His
E-mail: hinesr@mit.edu

Office Hours: If you would like to meet, please email me and we can set up a time!

Robert is a second-year graduate student at Salem State University studying Higher Education Student Affairs. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a minor in Management Information Systems from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. At UMass Dartmouth, Robert was an active member of the community while working in the admissions office as an ambassador. He gained an extensive amount of advising skills while working for a non – profit called Bottom Line and the First-Year Experience office at Salem State. He is a former practicum student in Salem States' LEAD office, where he gained skills in programming and advising student organizations. He is a current practicum student in MIT's OMP office helping with the Peer Educator Program. Robert is excited to join LGBTQ+ Services to provide guidance and resources for students who embody many intersectional identities. He wants to create safe spaces for members of the MIT community so they can be themselves and strive for success. Off the clock, Robert loves to dance and perform. He also creates key chain designs that help him focus on his self-care. Robert also loves to be around his family and friends, and he is excited about this new journey.

Josh Beckett, LBGTQ+ Services Graduate Practicum Assistant

Pronouns: He, Him, His

E-mail: jbeckett@mit.edu

Office Hours: If you would like to meet, please email me and we can set up a time!

Josh Beckett is joining the Intercultural Engagement for LBGTQ+ Services as a practicum student who will be working with the Rainbow Compass Mentorship Program! Josh is originally from Warren, ME, where he enjoys playing with his cat, singing, enjoying his favorite season (Fall), and going to the beach. He earned his Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Music Studies at the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF)  in 2019. Fun fact - UMF's mascot was also a beaver! He is currently in his second year of his Master's in Higher Education in Student Affairs at Salem State University. Josh works at Salem State University as a Student Success Coach in the First Year Experience Office where he provides academic coaching to first-year students through the Emerging Scholars Program. He also works at Salem State University as a Graduate Assistant in Disability Services where he works to make course materials more accessible for students that request accomodations. Josh is excited to continue to learn how to better support students in the LBGTQ+ community and is excited to meet you!

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.