Organized within the Technology and Policy Program, this initiative aims to to build a community of researchers and practitioners committed to bridging knowledge to action on societal challenges

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Lessons from the ESI Rapid Response Group

John Fernandez (MIT)

Speaker: John Fernandez, MIT The Research to Policy Engagement Initiative builds and connects a community of researchers who can learn, apply, and contribute to developing best practices in bridging knowledge to action on societal challenges. Zoom information will be emailed to registrants. Register here.

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Broadband Access and Communities of Color: Using Policy, Research, and Advocacy to Close the Racial Digital Divide


The COVID-19 pandemic alongside the continued fight for racial and economic justice shines a light on a crisis that continues to impact the most marginalized communities across the United States – access to affordable, reliable broadband. This moment presents a unique opportunity to advocate for and implement inclusive policies that will close the digital divide in communities of color and low-income communities throughout the nation. During this event, Dr. Alisa Valentin (Special Advisor, Office of FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks) will discuss the…

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Equity and Inclusion in Public Policy

Nika Elugardo (MA State Representative)

Our final session this semester will focus on ways in which research can inform issues of equity and inclusion in public policy. Join us for a conversation with Representative Nika Elugardo (Massachusetts) on decolonizing public housing and confronting structural racism in constitutional jurisprudence.

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What Happens Next: Hacking the Hackathon for Long-Term Impact


Speakers: Nina Peluso (MIT PolHack 2020, chair), Freddy Nguyen (MIT COVID-19 Hackathon, MIT Hacking Racism, organizer), Ragini Sreenath (MIT PolHack 2020, MIT EnergyHack, organizer) Whether related to the environment, Internet + cybersecurity, health, future of education + work, housing + planning, or another area, hackathons have become a popular way to engage with students, researchers, and practitioners alike on complex issues. Usually a weekend event, they involve taking real-life data and/or situations and brainstorming solutions. But how impactful (and in…

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Discussion Panel: The Process of Engagement at COP-26


Much has been said about the outcomes of COP-26, the UN's latest Conference of the Parties on climate change. But what can we learn from the COP's process of engagement, especially for the many MIT researchers involved in cross-boundary collaborations? In this moderated panel, several COP attendees will describe their activities and offer lessons learned for future efforts. Speakers: Bethany Patten, Sloan Sustainability Initiative (TBC) Deepa Rao, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) Greg Sixt, Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS) Luis Gilberto Murillo-Urrutia,…

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Algorithmic Hiring and Discrimination

Dr. Manish Raghavan (MIT)

Abstract: Algorithms are increasingly used to assist in hiring decisions. In this talk, we will explore the relationship between these new algorithmic tools and policy. In particular, we will examine how discrimination law applies to algorithms, and in turn, how algorithms are influencing the design and implementation of new regulation.

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TPP Research to Policy Engagement Session with Dr. Lily Pollans

In her research, Dr. Lily Baum Pollans argues that, through municipal waste management, cities have potent agency to alter the structures that permit endless consumption, ultimately slowing, and maybe even reversing, the unsustainable one-way flow of materials through the economy. Waste policy-making and waste research can be messy and demanding. But the climate emergency and the many related ecological and social crises caused by our globally extractive and exploitative economic system demand this kind of complicated, and sometimes actually dirty,…

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