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
  • 2017: Professor Tracy Slatyer, Department of Physics
  • 2016: Prof. Srinivas Devadas, EECS
  • 2015: Professor Tonio Buonassisi, Mechanical Engineering
  • 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

Katelyn Sweeney (Chair)

Hometown: Natick, MA
Year: 2018
Major: Mechanical Engineering (2)
Living Group: Not Simmons! (Off Campus)
Fun fact: I met Bill Nye the Science Guy and Obama on the same day.
What's important to me about the Baker Foundation: I’m really excited to be a part of improving student life on campus through student-driven initiatives!

Cody Jacobucci

Hometown: Woodstown,NJ
Year: 2017
Major: Mechanical Engineering (2)
Living Group: Phi Sigma Kappa
Fun fact: There are literally more cows than people from my hometown- probably because it is home of the oldest rodeo on the East Coast! Come visit the Cowtown Rodeo!
Whats important to me about the Baker Foundation: MIT is full of amazing people that lead ridiculously busy lives, but through the Baker Foundation I have had the opportunity to meet amazing people that lead ridiculously busy lives and STILL find time to make a difference in the community at MIT and across the world. I love hearing what everyone is doing and having the privilege to help them meet the needs of their organization or movement along the way!

Kenny Friedman

Hometown: Manlius, NY
Year: 2017
Major: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (6)
Living Group: Zeta Psi
Fun fact: I made an iPhone app called "Is It Tuesday". It's self explanatory.
What's important to me about the Baker Foundation:I love organizations that enable other people to do great things. The Baker Foundation is an excellent example of that sort of organization.

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.

Alden James

Hometown: Dallas, TX
Year: 2020
Major: 2 and AMS
Living Group: Chi Phi
Fun fact: I have my own photography website!
What's important to me about the Baker Foundation: The Baker Foundation represents such great opportunity for MIT students to truly pursue their dreams and to help improve communities near and far! I am honored to help foster the care and love that makes MIT the place it is.

Jordan Wick

Hometown: Dallas, TX
Year: 2020
Major: EECS (6-2)
Living Group: C3 / Zeta Psi
Fun fact:
What's important to me about the Baker Foundation:


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