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MIT Forum for Equity: Research on Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

  • Jay London
  • Slice of MIT

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In support of the MIT community’s efforts to address systemic racism and become more equitable and inclusive, the MIT Alumni Association recently presented an MIT Forum for Equity webcast that spotlights the work of Neil Ruiz PhD ’14, associate director for global migration and demography research at Pew Research Center.

During the forum, which was recorded in October 2020, Ruiz discussed the major demographic and immigration trends ongoing in the United States, Pew Research Center’s latest surveys and demographic research, and took questions from participants. The webcast was moderated by Professor of Urban Studies and Planning Phillip Clay PhD ’75.

“There are over 45 million immigrants in the US, more than any other country,” Ruiz says. “And we are at the highest point in our history of the country’s population that is foreign-born or an immigrant, about 14 percent.”

The MIT Forums for Equity aim to engage alumni/ae through thoughtful online conversations that help educate, inform, and examine issues of social justice and help to catalyze change in our communities and in the world. More conversations are scheduled for throughout the 2020–21 academic year.

View past MIT Forums for Equity on the Alumni Association’s YouTube channel.

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