MIT Black Graduate Students Association (BGSA), and the Ebony Affair planning committee, are pleased to announce the 40th annual Ebony Affair celebration on April 11th, 2015. For the past thirty- nine years, Ebony Affair has been hosted for the purpose of celebrating the cultural diversity and its impact on the MIT Community. In addition to bringing together alumni, faculty and staff, graduate and undergraduate students, this event serves as an opportunity to recognize the achievements of individuals within each of these groups who promote diversity and excellence here on the MIT campus.
This year, we are pleased to have Todd Coleman SM ’02, PhD ’06, as our keynote speaker. Todd P. Coleman received B.S. degrees in electrical engineering (summa cum laude), as well as computer engineering (summa cum laude) from the University of Michigan. He received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT in electrical engineering, and did postdoctoral studies at MIT in neuroscience. He is currently an Associate Professor in Bioengineering at UCSD, where he directs the Neural Interaction Laboratory and co‐Directs the Center for Perinatal Health.
Geared towards the entire MIT community, this year’s event will be an elegant, formal affair that will boast a network reception, sumptuous dinner, live artistic and musical performances, and a thought provoking speaker such that all attendees may glimpse the rich and varied culture of the African Diaspora. Whenever possible, we hope to use MIT students and alumni in our performance choices, advertisements, and photography in an attempt to truly celebrate the diverse talents here at the Institute. Additionally, Ebony Affair will serve as an opportunity to recognize and award deserving individuals within the MIT community who have positively impacted and represented the black community.
Students (ID required at check-in) — $10, BAMIT/Alumni — $30, Faculty/Staff — $25, Guests — $35