My Sister's Keeper builds community for black women at MIT.
"We wanted something unique," says Helen Elaine Lee, director of the MIT Program in Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) and founder of the initiative. "We hope to provide emotional and psychological support, foster kinship and community, strengthen academic performance, and cultivate engagement in social, political, and cultural matters beyond the classroom."
"My Sister’s Keeper seeks to support Black women students, with social, professional, and mentoring relationships. To meet this goal, the organization has created “sister circles,” small groups of five or six students, staff, and faculty united by common interests. The circles are encouraged to meet regularly and share experiences together."