BAMIT Community Advancement Program and Fund (BCAP)
What is BCAP?
Every day, we see the need for innovative solutions to complex problems in our communities, especially in communities of color. We need the power of community.
The BAMIT Community Advancement Program and Fund (BCAP) was created in conjunction with BAMIT’s 2018 Capstone Weekend in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the MIT Black Student Union (BSU). Recognized with a 2019 Great Dome Award by the MIT Alumni Association, the Capstone was the largest gathering of Black alumni in MIT’s history, demonstrating to one and all the event theme: The Power of Community.
The BCAP supports student proposals for public-service projects that:
- recognize the needs of our underserved communities of color
- leverage the creative talents and innovative ideas of MIT students, and
- marry these needs and ideas with the wealth of knowledge and experience that alumni have to share.
This unique model creates opportunities for students and alumni to use their various and vast talents to make a difference in communities of color, locally and globally. The program and MIT fund are administered by the Ofﬁce of Minority Education (OME).
Our goal is to create a space where MIT students and alumni can address the challenges faced by underserved communities of color in the US and around the globe.
The MIT BCAP fund is endowed, initially by Capstone proceeds, and now by generous contributions from your efforts and those of so many others. Your gift will benefit students for years to come and will allow us to fund an ever increasing amount of students. We could not do what we do without your dedicated support. MIT is a 501(c)(3) institution, and your gift to the MIT BCAP fund is tax-deductible within the limitations of U.S. federal income tax laws. In addition, alumni receive MIT Giving credit.
Thank you for your continued support!
Be the change you wish to see!
BCAP Summer 2022 Featured Project!
Carlos Mercado-Lara Summer 2022 BCAP project was to reinforce the selected teaching curriculums for 10th and 11th grade teachers in Honduras: Physics; Biology; Anatomy and Chemistry. Carlos's plan was incorporating a mix of low-cost reusable materials as well as scientific equipment to revitalize the curricula with hands-on experiments that can be done in a group setting of maximum four students per group.
Carlos was able to further measure the impact through student and teacher surveys, interviews, and general observations that were made during the class session. Below are the general findings:
- 100% of students found the procedures clear to understand.
- 100% of teachers found the procedures clear to execute.
- 88% of students prefer the activities in group settings.
- 100% of teachers stated that they intend to use these curriculums and derive more lesson plans from them.
- 90% of the groups were able to successfully finish the activities in the time given in class.
- More than 90% of students reported in their written survey that they enjoyed the activity and were excited to have hands-on activity in their class.
Carlos states, "I would like to give special thanks to the OME office and the BCAP fellowship for allowing one of my goals to become realized and I hope my project can inspire underclassmen and alumni to pursue social impact projects."
BCAP Summer 2022 Fellow: Carlos Mercado-Lara
BCAP Program Administrator
DiOnetta Jones Crayton, OME Associate Dean and Director
Gregory Jain, OME Assistant Dean
The BCAP Project Team
Al Tervalon '65, BCAP Project Team Chair
Marie Harton '10, BCAP Fundraising Chair
Cordelia Price '78, SM '82, BCAP Operations Chair
Elaine Harris '78; Michelle Harton SM '83, BCAP Marketing Co-Chairs;
Walt Gibbons '73 & SM '75; Jeffrey T. Anderson '91; Lawrence Bass '75, SM '78; Darryl Fraser '80; Eric McKissack '75; Olumuyiwa Oni '04; Nelly Rosario '94; Emerson Yearwood '80