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Listening Tour

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MIT President Sally Kornbluth chatting with a student

President Kornbluth is continuing her Listening Tour this semester. Fresh updates will be posted in the coming weeks.

Dear colleagues and students,

Since I began my listening tour in January 2023, you’ve told me what’s working well and where we can do better, suggested priorities that need my attention, and offered thoughtful advice for how to bring our community together. I’m grateful for all of it. My inaugural address in May 2023 reflected what I heard up to that point on the tour, which will continue this fall.

Although I’m sure that I have not captured every one of the many comments I’ve heard so far, I’ve tried to group the community’s feedback thematically below. The points you see here aren’t direct quotes from individuals, but we do have extensive notes that underpin this summary. You’ll see contradictory opinions and advice. I have not attempted to resolve these conflicts, because my goal with this page is simply to give you a sense of what I’m hearing. If you have attended a listening tour session and you feel that I’ve not mentioned something significant from the session, please feel free to email me and let me know.      

We’ll continue to update this page as the tour progresses, and I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the actions we’re taking.

Sally Kornbluth