Increasing the diversity and inclusiveness of the MIT community is essential to our mission. There can be no barrier to talent at MIT: Solving the world’s most intractable problems will require a rich variety of perspectives and abilities. We welcome and encourage talented individuals of all racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, and abilities to join us in our pursuit of a better world.

The school leads and participates in several initiatives and programs around the Institute to increase the diversity at MIT and in the STEM pipeline, ensure that MIT community members work and learn in a safe and respectful environment, and provide the practical support our faculty, students, and staff need to carry out the Institute’s mission.

Making a better world in a better MIT environment

We believe that making a better MIT for every member of the community—students, staff, and faculty—is a prerequisite to making a better world. Success in our endeavors requires a safe and supportive environment that helps us face difficulties with persistence and resilience. We are committed to providing resources for the physical, emotional, and intellectual well-being of our community members, and believe that we have a shared responsibility to treat one another with respect and integrity.

Preventing and addressing harassment and gender-based discrimination

Harassment of any kind is not acceptable behavior at MIT; it is not consistent with the commitment to excellence that characterizes MIT’s activities. MIT is committed to creating an environment in which every individual can work, study, and live without being harassed. Harassment may therefore lead to sanctions up to and including termination of employment or student status. Read MIT’s policy on harassment.

MIT is furthermore committed to providing a learning, living, and working environment free from gender-based discrimination. Gender-based discrimination, including sexual misconduct (a term used to describe a range of behaviors including sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual contact/sexual assault, non-consensual sexual penetration/rape, and sexual exploitation), intimate partner violence, and stalking committed by MIT students, staff, or faculty will not be tolerated. This applies to academic, educational, athletic, residential, and other Institute-operated programs.

MIT complies with applicable state and federal statutes, including Title IX of the federal Higher Education Amendment of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity receiving federal financial aid. Sexual assault and sexual harassment are forms of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Read MIT’s full non-discrimination policy.

Reporting harassment or discrimination

If you have a problem, big or small, relating to diversity, inclusion, or well being in the School of Science community, please contact Assistant Dean Heather Williams at 617-253-8904. The school also has designated contacts in each department; they are also available for assistance with issues relating to MIT policy and procedures, harassment and abuse, diversity and inclusion, and mental and physical well-being in the School of Science community. If you are unsure of whom to contact or are uncomfortable with talking to someone in your department, please contact Heather.

Additional options for addressing harassment or violations of MIT policy

MIT’s Institute Community and Equity Office provides additional resources, recognizing that all people who witness or experience a hate crime or have a harassment complaint – including students, staff, faculty, and post docs – are entitled to fair grievance procedures.