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Alumni, Leaders Meet For New Task Force

By Stacey E. Blau
Editor In Chief

A series of events starting today and continuing through the weekend with alumni and some current students will represent the beginning stages of the work of the task forces on student life and learning.

The task forces, an initiative of Dean for Undergraduate Education Rosalind H. Williams, are charged with examining closely MIT's educational mission and evaluating its current educational processes.

The task force is still in its very early stages, Williams said. Considerations like space and staff have yet to be worked out, although a number of faculty and administrators have been chosen to be part of the task force. No students are currently members of the task force.

Williams said that she has consulted Undergraduate Association President Richard Y. Lee '97 and UA Vice President Dedric A. Carter '98 to get students on the task force.

"The pressure is on students to get the students" on the task force now, she said.

"The task force will not get off the ground until students" are on it, Williams said. "The task force is not complete until students are there."

Events geared toward leaders

The events this weekend, aimed at getting alumni and student leaders involved in the task forces, will begin tonight with a workshop for student leaders. The events will be take place from from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Tang Center.

There will be various workshops for club and class leaders, educational counselors, reunion gift committee members, and students, said Project Manager for the Alumni Association Theresa J. Lee.

On Saturday in 10-250, Williams will moderate a presentation entitled "The Learning Community: Integrating Student Life and Learning at MIT," with members of the task force comprising the panel for the discussion.

The events are geared toward student leaders, according to Williams. Eleven of the 18 or so students scheduled to attend are actually freshmen.

Anyone else interested in attending the events should e-mail Lee at tjoyce@mit.edu.