Forty years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it seems that the word ["diversity"] is an easy-to-say, often misunderstood, bland example of bizspeak that belies the complexity and heterogeneity of the problems, issues, and solutions that it is meant to connote...MIT is grappling with the d word in all of its many dimensions...
About the Author
Linda Carolyn Sharpe '69 earned a Bachelors in Political Science from MIT in 1969. From 1970 to 1975, she remained at MIT, completing PhD coursework and exams in the field with a focus on policy studies, operations research, and systems engineering with a focus on quantitative methods applied to domestic and international urban economic development.
She is currently a Transportation Program Analyst at DIGITALiBiz, Inc.
A co-founder of the MIT Black Students' Union and the first African American woman to serve as president of the MIT Alumni/ae Association, Sharpe continues to serve the MIT community in a variety of capacities:
- Member, Educational Council (June 1992 - June 2019)
- Vice-President, Class of 1969 (July 2014 - June 2019)
- Member, Board Governance ad hoc Committee (July 2018 - June 2019)
- Reunion Ambassador, Class Reunion Committee (July 2018 - June 2019)
- Committee Member, BAMIT Capstone Event Committee (2018)
- Member, MIT Corporation (2000-10)
- President, MIT Alumni Association (2004-05)
- Black Alumni of MIT Life Member (1999)
- Bronze Beaver Award (1999)
- Harold E. Lobdell ’17 Distinguished Service Award (1996)
Sharpe, Linda C. "The Diversity of Diversity: It’s More than Race." Technology Review, 1 March 2005.