What is WiXII?

Women in Course XII is an organization dedicated to fostering a welcoming, supportive community for everyone in EAPS.  Take a look at our Events page to get an idea of what we do and see if there are any events coming up!  We warmly invite all of you to join us.

A discussion group at WiXII’s Active Bystander Training event, led by the talented Speak About It team (2016).

In the meantime, see below for our posts about articles, campus-wide events, or other items of interest. You can also consult our Resources page for a list of helpful organizations on campus. If you have comments or suggestions for WiXII, or if you are interested in joining the board, please don’t hesitate to contact us or give us anonymous feedback here!


Point Foundation Scholarship for LGBTQ Students

Website: link
Deadline: Jan 29, 2018
Point Foundation (Point) empowers the next generation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) leaders to reach their full leadership and academic potential. Point provides its scholars with the financial ability to attend the higher education institution of their choice. In addition, Point provides mentorship, leadership development, and community service training.

Applicants are evaluated on academic accomplishment, financial need, leadership within school and community, and goals for the future. Point Scholars agree to maintain a high level of academic performance and complete an annual community service project. Interested students can start an application here!

Volunteer for Girls Day @ the MIT Museum

When: November 4, 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Where: MIT Museum, 265 Mass Ave
Contact: novotney@mit.edu
Website: Link
Are you a physicist who is excited about inspiring a new generation of scientists? Do you want to share your work with the community? Join us for Girls Day: Physics Matters on Saturday, November 4th!

We are looking for volunteers to run hands on activities for shifts from 11:30 am – 4:30 pm. Girls’ Day is not only for girls, but our goal is to celebrate women scientists, and show (and inspire) diversity in the sciences.

GLBTQ Support Group

When: Mondays, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Where: Mental Health and Counseling Conference Room, 3rd floor, MIT Medical

This group is a safe space for students who want to come together to talk about their identities, the intersections of such identities on campus and in the world, and being themselves. It’s an opportunity to share things that they are comfortable with and gain support. Prior to joining the group, we encourage students to meet with one of the co-leaders first so they can ask any questions they might have.

The group is open so students might come once or as often as they want

MEET: Mondays (first meeting, Monday, October 23, 2017)
Snacks will be served!

International Symposium on Education and Gender Equality

When: October 20-21, 2017
Where: Wellesley College, Boston
Website: Link

Free and open to all

A wide range of intellectuals, scholars, artists, activists, and others from business and government, coming from the United States, France, India, Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal, Congo, Haiti… will share their experiences regarding the challenge of gender equality in their respective fields of work and service. Our aim in bringing together this diverse, international group is to offer an opportunity for collective thought in order to offer solutions and allow for the sharing of good practices across disciplines and contexts. The symposium has built in many opportunities for the audience to mingle and interact with speakers and with one another.

Among them: the famous writer and civil rights activist Angela Davis, the great Indian-American Filmmaker and Film Producer Mira Nair, the former French Ministers Christiane Taubira and Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the former Prime Minister of Senegal Aminata Touré… and many others!

Register at the website link provided above!

Event: Coeducation at MIT in the 1950s–60s with an Epilog on the enduring bottleneck of women engineering faculty

Opening: led by Anita Hill and Robert F. Gray

In the 1950s women made up 1 to 3% of the MIT student body, less than half that of 1897. A faculty committee produced a majority report that recommended that MIT cease admitting women, but President Killian and Provost Stratton instead accepted a minority report with the opposite recommendation: that MIT accept more women and improve their quality of life. This talk tells the story of three major players in this sea change: Dottie Bowe and Professors Kenneth Wadleigh and Emily Wick. A half century later, nearly half of the students were women. The talk will conclude with a less optimistic appraisal of the stagnant number of women faculty in electrical engineering and computer science in the US.

Date: October 25
Time: 4-6pm
Place: 10-250