High school student visitors on Killian Court, 1972

High school student visitors on Killian Court
Courtesy MIT Museum

Black Students' Union members began helping recruit black students in 1968. Curtis Reeves '73 (in white tie, center), a junior in economics at MIT from Atlanta, GA, serving as tour guide for part of a group of 40 East Coast high-school students, 10-11 February 1972. The group was bussed from the New York City-Newark-Westchester County area to MIT for a firsthand look at the Institute.

The Institute's first major effort to recruit black students was spearheaded by John A. Mims, MIT's first black associate director of undergraduate admissions (1969-75). During their 2-day stay, visiting high-school students attended classes, toured the campus, talked informally with faculty members, and discussed admissions and financial aid. Each visiting high-school student had an MIT student host.

Timeline: 1970s
Department: Administration
Life: Black Students' Union (BSU)
Career: Education
Object: Image
Collection: Administrators, Faculty, Integration and Differentiation 1969-1994, Recruitment, Students