In 1973 I took a job at MIT,working for the then new President and Chancellor. I was charged, among other things, with learning how the workplace could improve with respect to people who were underrepresented at MIT-as examples, men and women of color and white women, and people with disabilities. MAJOR ISSUES Asan economist I had expected to learn about big issuesstanding in the way of progress for "non traditional" people. Working together with others, I did find some. For example we looked at the pension plan, a plan that paid benefits unequally for men and women with the same record of service. (Senior officers at MIT changed the plan in a way that ben efited both women and men). I helped a working group to design Serious Search recruitment proce dures, procedures that turned out to help people of color-and, of course, also Caucasians. We looked at supports for dependent care that were needed by women-which of course illuminated the fact that men also needed support for dependent care.We helped with campus maps, and ramps, and lifts for those who needed them, and learned of course that they helped everyone. I learned what everyone now knows-that equitable work structures usually help everyone. LITTLE ISSUES In addition I noticed the importance of "little issues:'Little acts of disrespect, and failures in perfor mance feedback, seemed to corrode some profes sional relationships like bits of sand and ice."Little issues"included names mistakenly left off a list, people who were not introduced at meetings, (or mistakenly introduced as someone else of the same race). I learned of inequitable job assignments, failures to provide schedules or food or space that were needed by a particular group, invitations that were uncomfort able for gays,or women, or non-Christians ("Please feel free to bring your wife;""There will be a belly dancer at the party;""Please join us to celebrate Christmas").There were ugly cartoons that attacked certain groups, and jokes that made fun of different cultures or of disabilities. Sometimes I would hear a presumption that someone of a certain gender or race or religion could do some task better-which then often led to selective perceptions favoring an already favored group.