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Partner with us

Do you represent an MIT student or staff group; a department, lab, or center; or another administrative unit? Interested in community dialogue? If you’ve answered yes to both questions, the Libraries would love to hear from you.

We depend on our partner groups to help us in the following ways:

Picking the book.

  • We’re open to a wide range of books, as long as the chosen title has literary merit and contributes in some way to campus-wide discussions related to diversity, inclusion, and social justice.
  • It should be a book that busy MIT folks will want to read (meaning, not super long and not too much of a downer.)
  • The selection is made jointly – the partners suggest titles and the Libraries approve the final choice.

Planning an event.

  • We always have some kind of event to accompany each book.
  • We’ve had panel discussions, author appearances, a film showing, and an art happening.
  • We like to plan these in conjunction with our partner group.

Planning community discussions.

  • Help us generate discussion topics.
  • We welcome but don’t require your participation as discussion facilitators.

Attend all the events.

  • Help get the word out and build an audience. This is the biggest one.
  • Bring all your friends – heck, bring your enemies, they’re the ones who need this the most, right?
  • Help us publicize, in general.

It’s not a ton of work for the partner organization, and it works best when there’s enthusiasm and when everyone is engaged.

If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact us at mitreads-plan@mit.edu.