The Black Graduate Student Association at MIT was founded in 1976 with the support of assistant Dean, John B. Turner.

 

Task Force Meeting, 1971. Student activist W. Ahmad Salih (right) with Benjamin F. Moultrie MBA ’76 (left), Courtesy MIT Museum.

 
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OUR

GOALS

LEARN

We are an organization that recognizes graduation with a Masters or Ph.D. as our #1 priority.

EMPOWER

We want to empower our members so that they can properly transfer the usage of the tools acquired at MIT to successfully advance our community.

ENCOURAGE

We wish to provide a place of refuge. A place where African, African American, and Afro-Caribbean graduate students are encouraged to express ideas, concepts, and frustrations without rebuke.

ENTERTAIN

We try to provide opportunities for our membership to relax, relate, and release through healthy entertainment.

 
 

 

 

 

Since 1976 we have worked to promote the cohesiveness and success of African, African-American and Afro-Caribbean graduate students at MIT.

 

Shirley Jackson at MIT the year she earned her PhD in physics, 1973. COURTESY of mit museum.

 
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OUR

FAMILY

 

The Black graduate student association is connected to several student communities. We are proud to have graduate, undergraduate and cross-campus links. 

 
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OUR

TEAM

 

Interested in joining our team?

  Stewart Isaacs ,   Co-Chairperson  Second-year graduate student in Aeronautics and Astronautics originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. He did his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University where he fell in love with Black community. To maintain his wellbeing, he remains involved in his long-time passion of competitive jump rope.

Stewart Isaacs, Co-Chairperson

Second-year graduate student in Aeronautics and Astronautics originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. He did his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University where he fell in love with Black community. To maintain his wellbeing, he remains involved in his long-time passion of competitive jump rope.

  Corban Swain ,   Co-Chairperson  Second-year Ph.D student in the BioEngineering program. Outside of academics he enjoys photography, coding, and, of course, Netflix.

Corban Swain, Co-Chairperson

Second-year Ph.D student in the BioEngineering program. Outside of academics he enjoys photography, coding, and, of course, Netflix.

  Marlyse Reeves , Treasurer  Second year Ph.D. student in EECS studying robotics and autonomous systems. She graduated in 2017 from MIT undergrad. Marlyse loves planning events and handling money—hence the treasurer role. In her spare time, Marlyse plays soccer, reads sci-fi, and rides a motorcycle.

Marlyse Reeves, Treasurer

Second year Ph.D. student in EECS studying robotics and autonomous systems. She graduated in 2017 from MIT undergrad. Marlyse loves planning events and handling money—hence the treasurer role. In her spare time, Marlyse plays soccer, reads sci-fi, and rides a motorcycle.

  Cory Frontin , Administrator  Fourth-year Ph.D. student in AeroAstro. When he’s not deep in the result mine, he likes to do mountain sports (climbing and snowboarding especially), working out, reading, and collecting new skills. On the work side, he performs research on high-fidelity numerical techniques for simulating aerodynamics for engineering.

Cory Frontin, Administrator

Fourth-year Ph.D. student in AeroAstro. When he’s not deep in the result mine, he likes to do mountain sports (climbing and snowboarding especially), working out, reading, and collecting new skills. On the work side, he performs research on high-fidelity numerical techniques for simulating aerodynamics for engineering.

 
  Zanele Munyikwan ,   Educational Support Committee Chair  Second year PhD student in Management Science and Information Technology at MIT Sloan. She is passionate about ethical machine learning, access to technology, and constructive communication with stakeholders (be that companies, non-profit organizations, or community members) during the creation of technical products and/or algorithms.

Zanele Munyikwan, Educational Support Committee Chair

Second year PhD student in Management Science and Information Technology at MIT Sloan. She is passionate about ethical machine learning, access to technology, and constructive communication with stakeholders (be that companies, non-profit organizations, or community members) during the creation of technical products and/or algorithms.

  Ifueko Igbinedion ,   Community Service Committee Chair  Second year Ph.D. student in EECS. When she is not coding, she enjoys playing sports and watching live music. From Ifueko: “Hey BGSA Fam! I’m really excited to give back to the community with you all this year!”   

Ifueko Igbinedion, Community Service Committee Chair

Second year Ph.D. student in EECS. When she is not coding, she enjoys playing sports and watching live music. From Ifueko: “Hey BGSA Fam! I’m really excited to give back to the community with you all this year!”

 

  Khalid David , Political Action Committee Chair  A MBA candidate at the Sloan School of Business. His professional interests lie in construction and non-profits.

Khalid David, Political Action Committee Chair

A MBA candidate at the Sloan School of Business. His professional interests lie in construction and non-profits.

  Miranda McClellan , Ebony Affair Committee Chair  A recent graduate of MIT and is moving on to her graduate studies in computer science.

Miranda McClellan, Ebony Affair Committee Chair

A recent graduate of MIT and is moving on to her graduate studies in computer science.