Baker Foundation

To perpetuate the memory of Dean Everett Moore Baker

"... our colleges have placed too much emphasis on the imparting and gaining of knowledge and too little on developing opportunities for the acquisition of wisdom and understanding."


About Dean Baker

The late Dean Baker was known throughout the country as an outstanding educator, administrator and theologian. He had attained wide recognition in recent years as a speaker at student conferences and institutes. In August he had flown to Bombay, India, to address the annual conference of the International Student Service of which he was chairman. This organization with the cooperation of the American World Student Service Fund was instrumental in bringing foreign students to the United States for study in American institutions of higher learning.

Dr. Baker had always maintained a keen interest in the activities of young people. His own interest in outdoor activities and sports led to his association with boys' camps early in his career, a field in which he remained active until his death.

A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, and Dartmouth College, class of 1924, Dean Baker undertook graduate work at the Harvard Divinity School, completing his studies there in 1929. In 1937, he was elected Vice President of the American Unitarian Association, following a period of active church work throughout New England. In addition to general administrative work, he directed the publishing business of the Unitarian denomination and its fund raising campaign.

Before coming to the Institute in 1947, Dean Baker served as minister of the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland, Ohio. In Cleveland he acted as Chairman of the Unitarian War Service Council under whose auspices he edited and published a book of readings for men and women in the service entitled "Think on These Things." Over three million copies of the book were distributed to men and women in the armed forces. Dr. Baker was president of the Unitarian Ministerial Union from 1944 to 1949, and had been a member of the board of directors of the American Unitarian Association for several years. In 1948 he was elected to a one-year term as president of the Dartmouth Alumni Association.

Under Dean Baker's guidance the Office of the Dean of Students expanded its authority and responsibility in all aspects of student welfare. Both the athletic program and the system of student government received special attention and attained their proper place in the undergraduate program.


Long Term Initiatives

The Baker Foundation takes part in multi-year projects to improve particular aspects of the MIT community.

Baker Fellowships

Baker Fellows are MIT students who choose to work on sustainable community service projects that build capacity for underserved communities locally, nationally, or internationally.


The Foundation elicits student initiatives that enhance the undergraduate experience.

Teaching Award

The Everett Moore Baker Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching is presented to faculty members, in recognition of exceptional interest and ability in the instruction of undergraduates. This is the only teaching award in which the nomination and selection of the recipients is done entirely by the students. The award is given in memory of Everett Moore Baker, Dean of Students from 1947-1950.

Past Winners
  • 2014: Professor William A. Tisdale
  • 2013: Professor Allan Adams, Department of Physics
  • 2012: Professor Edward M. Greitzer, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
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Who We Are

Alden James (Co-Chair)

Hometown: Dallas, TX
Year: 2020
Major: Mechanical Engineering with CS (2A-6), Ancient and Medieval Studies (AMS)
Living Group: Chi Phi
Fun fact: I was born in New York City.
Whats important to me about the Baker Foundation: The Baker Foundation is so important for me because it represents both MIT's dedication to student life and student passion for helping improve the lives of others.

Jordan Wick (Co-Chair/Webmaster)

Hometown: Kuna, ID
Year: 2019
Major: Computer Science (6-3)
Living Group: Zeta Psi
Fun fact: Getting mistaken for Ed Sheeran has become a regular occurrence for me.
What's important to me about the Baker Foundation: I love seeing all the awesome things that MIT students are up to, and find it super rewarding to be able to help them improve student life here.

Madiha Shafquat (Historian/CAC Advisory Board Liaison)

Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan
Year: 2019
Major: Biological Engineering (20)
Living Group: Off Campus
Fun fact: I'm minoring in literature!
What's important to me about the Baker Foundation: It’s so rewarding to be exposed to some of the fantastic ideas that MIT students have, and to be able to give them the tools to carry those ideas out.

Emily Liu (Secretary)

Hometown: Holmdel, NJ
Year: 2021
Major: Computer Science and Mathematics (6-3/18)
Living Group: East Campus
Fun fact:I'm left-handed using a fork and right-handed using a knife
What's important to me about the Baker Foundation:It's awesome to see what MIT students are passionate about and to help students improve student life on campus.

Adam Katz (Treasurer/PKG liaison)

Hometown: Mt. Kisco, NY
Year: 2021
Major: Business Analytics (15-2)
Living Group: Chi Phi
Fun fact: I'm a left-handed pitcher on MIT's baseball team
What's important to me about the Baker Foundation: The Baker Foundation is important to me because it offers students the opportunity to turn their visions to improve MIT student life and community to a reality. I love to help them in their process.

Arturo Chavez

Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Year: 2018
Major: Computer Science and Economics
Living Group: Baker House and Theta Chi Fraternity
Fun fact: I am Arturo Chavez the 5th. During the holiday season, its very confusing between my father, grandfather, and me. Nobody knows who is talking to who!
What's important to me about the Baker Foundation: It is awesome that we get to allocate resources to students with creative ideas to make MIT an even better place! With a good idea and reasonable plan, student groups can focus their energy on helping students instead of fundraising.


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