Heidy M. González
Department: Women's and Gender Studies
Heidy M. González received her B.A. in Spanish & Education from Mount Holyoke College and M.A. in Spanish and Portuguese from Emory University. As the Program Manager for the MIT Program in Women's and Gender Studies (WGS), Heidy is responsible for a combination of program finances, event planning and promotion, project management, communications, fund raising, student life and advising, curricular scheduling, editing/publishing, human resources and general administration.
In this position, Heidy works to increase the number of students enrolled in WGS courses as well the number of students pursuing WGS concentrations, minors, and majors. She is focused on creating and maintaining collaborative efforts within and outside of the MIT population that will increase the visibility of WGS on the MIT campus, in the neighboring Boston area, and in the national women's studies community. She is passionate about feminist community building and is committed to bringing attention to the voices of underrepresented populations. She is also co-founder of "Women Take the Reel," an annual film festival that celebrates women's contributions to the film industry.
Heidy received a 2009 Division of Student Life Infinite Mile Team Award for her work on the Sexual Assault Awareness Week Planning Committee. In 2010 she received a SHASS Infinite Mile Award for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion. In 2012 she became a recipient of the MIT Excellence Award for Fostering Diversity and Inclusion. In 2013 she was recognized by the Latino Cultural Center for her contributions to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for Latino students at MIT.
In her prior position, Heidy served as Program Coordinator and Assistant Dean of Students for the Exploration School Senior Program.