Alumna Anita Killian establishes a fund for a new EAPS advocacy group.
Women in EAPS now have their own advocacy group called Women in XII (a.k.a. “WiXII”). And, thanks to a generous gift from Anita Killian ‘85 (VIII), SM ‘87 (XII, XII M), they are off to a flying start.
WiXII was sparked by a discussion between women on the EAPS Visiting Committee, female students, and faculty about work experiences, difficulties faced by women in EAPS and academia, and the kind of environment necessary for the success of women and all other members of the community. After sharing stories and concerns about common problems, a group of graduate students and staff decided to form Women in XII to educate, inspire, and advocate for equal treatment of both women and minorities in EAPS, and create a more inclusive, equitable, and respectful culture within EAPS and the broader academic community.
Anita Killian, currently V.P. and Global Industry Analyst at Wellington Management LLC, learned about WiXII over dinner in Singapore with her long-time friend, EAPS Professor Paola Rizzoli (herself a staunch advocate for women in science at MIT since the late 1990s). Anita jumped in with a generous gift to launch the Women in XII endowment fund to help fund the group’s educational activities.
“I seriously want them to focus on great things,” says Killian. “The sure way to deal with sexism is to kill it with excellence…it is about women in EAPS doing amazing things and supporting each other, not tearing one another down, making everyone proud of their accomplishments.”
WIXII board members, led by co-chairs Kelsey Moore, graduate student, and staff member Annora Borden, are delighted to have this early show of support from an EAPS alumna, and plan to invite Anita to speak at an event later this year.
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