The CPGSC has a vision for what the ideal CSAIL community should be:
A community of researchers, students, and staff that, regardless of their seniority, gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation, feel empowered and motivated to perform cutting-edge research in computing and AI, while cultivating interpersonal skills (confidence, empathy, communication) and fostering each other’s personal, academic, professional development and overall human experience.
The CPGSC aims to enact the vision of the ideal CSAIL community by prioritizing, implementing initiatives and engaging with other CSAIL associated MIT departmental initiatives in order to:
- Foster community and promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for underrepresented groups
- Define a Code of Conduct for CSAIL members focusing on issues including (but not limited to) harassment, intimidation, invalidation, rejection and victimization
- Promote Mental Health and Soft Skills development for the improvement of the academic andworkplace experience and in-lab relationships
- Support students and postdocs with issues related to Supervisor/Faculty Relations
- Advocate Social Integration between groups/labs and foster Community Relations
CPGSC members currently include the CSAIL Student Council President and Treasurer (graduate students), as well as postdocs and graduate students who serve as representatives for each CSAIL Community of Research or at-large.
Meeting monthly with CSAIL Director Daniela Rus, the CPGSC discusses the issues of greatest concern to the CSAIL graduate student and postdoc community, and plans and implements initiatives to effectively address those concerns.
The CPGSC has been successful in leading and supporting key initiatives in CSAIL and in partnership with other MIT organizations including the Picture a Scientist viewing event and panel discussion, The Great Hack viewing event, supporting MIT student teachers who delivered an introductory computer science course to incarcerated women through the Brave Behind Bars initiative, and launching the CSAIL Office Hours Initiative.
All CSAIL postdocs and graduate students are encouraged to contact us at any time to learn more about our work and share your ideas and concerns to help make CSAIL the best it can be for all of us.