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.

Policies and Resources

All of MIT’s institute-wide policies and procedures are clearly detailed on the policy website. Students, both undergraduate and graduate, can also confer the MindHandHeart handbook of expectations. All members of the School of Science are expected to uphold these standards in addition to the guidelines for community conduct and responsibilities for MIT and the School of Science.

You can read the community value statements for each of the Science departments, labs, centers, and institutes, including the departments of Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Chemistry, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory.

The Community Conduct also outlines policies on harassment, and includes guidelines and resources for addressing issues and for raising complaints. For disputes within the school, we employ a few forms of conflict resolution and management. If you need to report harassment or discrimination, contacts and resources are available within the School and the Institute.

Support is available via affinity groups across the Institute, including multicultural groups, LGBTQ@MIT, the Office of Minority Education, and the Center for Worklife and Wellbeing.

There are also affinity groups within the School, such as Biology Diversity Community, Biology Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee, Women in Chemistry, Chemistry Alliance for Diversity and Inclusion (CADI), (WiXII) Women in Course 12 (EAPS), EAPS TDIE (Towards Inclusion and Diversity in EAPS), EAPS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, Women in Math, African American Mathematicians, Undergraduate Womxn in Physics and Graduate Women in Physics, and Physics Community Values Committee.

Leadership

In order to oversee School of Science policies, leadership is organized into the following committees: Diversity Council, Gender Equity Committee, Faculty Search Oversight Committee who work to uphold the above policies.

The School’s Diversity Council and Gender Equity Committee are responsible for broad oversight of diversity efforts and serving as a resource to their colleagues throughout the School. They meet annually with the Science Council to discuss current activities, challenges, and review proposed changes and initiatives.

Each academic department also has at least two Faculty Search Oversight Committee representatives who are responsible for providing advice, guidance, and oversight of the faculty search process. 

Similarly, a member of each academic department, typically, a faculty member, is responsible for playing a similar role in the graduate admissions process by serving on the Graduate Admissions Committee.

Initiatives and Reports

The School and the units within are all actively engaged in working to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion. This includes active efforts for recruitment and retention, support, and education. Search our School of Science Resources for all hiring, orientation, and benefits, and additional information on support for the students, staff, and faculty in the Science community.

To build community within the school, promote inclusiveness for students, staff, and faculty of diverse identities, backgrounds, and abilities, and support the physical, emotional, and intellectual well-being of our community members, funding exists through the Quality of Life Grant program for internal programming. Members of the Science community are invited to submit proposals for events or programs that support the program’s mission.

The School leads and supports several external outreach programs 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. Members of the Science community are invited to participate in these programs.