Common Threads: The Evolving Student Experience at MIT presents an exciting overview of MIT’s changing public face and the growing diversity of its student body. Drawing upon interviews with MIT presidents, professors, alumni and students, this documentary presents an historical look at the complex factors that have significantly reshaped MIT’s student body—including both the expansion of MIT’s educational mission and changes in the broader culture of the United States and the world. Yet even as the student body has diversified, Common Threads shows that MIT remains a magnet for students who define themselves through a shared pursuit of academic excellence, intellectual rigor, and a profound desire to make a difference in the world—a collective self-image that hasn’t changed.

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