Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
You belong here. You make a better world.
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.
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Community Value Statements
- Brain and Cognitive Sciences
- Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
- Picower Institute for Learning and Memory
School/Institute Community Relations
The Community Conduct outlines School and MIT guidelines for personal conduct and responsibilities, policies on harassment, and guidelines and resources for addressing issues and raising complaints.
Policies and Resources
- School of Science and MIT guidelines for community relations
- MIT Institute Community & Equity Office
- LGBTQ+ Inclusion
- Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA)
- Latino Cultural Center (LCC)
- LGBTQ @ MIT
- Multicultural organizations
- MIT Center for Worklife and Well-being
- MIT Office of Minority Education
- Childcare and Lactation Rooms and Parental Leave and Family Support for Faculty, Postdocs, Grad Students, and Staff
- Institute Harassment and Discrimination Office
- Dispute resolution and community standards
- Reporting harassment and discrimination
- MindHandHeart book of expectations for all undergraduate and graduate students
- MIT’s policies and procedures
Affinity Groups in Science
- Biology Diversity Community
- Women in Chemistry
- Chemistry Alliance for Diversity and Inclusion (CADI)
- (WiXII) Women in Course 12 (EAPS)
- EAPS Diversity Advocates
- EAPS Diversity Council
- Women in Math
- African American Mathematicians
- Women in Physics (Undergraduate and Graduate)
Reports on Diversity and Inclusion at MIT
- Report of the Institute Community and Equity Officer (ICEO), 2015
- Institute Diversity Summit, 2012
- Report on the Initiative for Faculty Race and Diversity, 2010
- Faculty Policy Committee Statement on Representation of Minorities on the Faculty and in the Graduate Student Body, 2004
- Report on the Status of Women in the Schools of Science and Engineering, 2011
- MIT Report on the Status of Women Faculty in Science Leads to New Initiatives to Increase Faculty Diversity
- The Status of Women Faculty at MIT, 2002
- A Study on the Status of Women Faculty in Science at MIT, 1999
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.
The School leads and participates in several internal and external opportunities 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.
The School’s Council on Diversity and Gender Equity with representatives from each of the academic units, serves, in concert with members of Science Council, are responsible for broad oversight of diversity efforts, including the creation of programs, monitoring progress, and suggesting new initiatives to the Dean and their colleagues within the School. In addition, Council on Diversity and Gender Equity representatives serve as a resource to their colleagues throughout the School who would like to learn more about current diversity activities. The Council on Diversity and Gender Equity members meet annually with the Science Council to discuss current activities, challenges, and review proposed changes and initiatives.
In addition to the Council on Diversity and Gender Equity members and Science Council, each academic department has at least two Faculty Search Oversight Committee (FSOO) 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.
Representatives by Unit
The Leadership page lists the leadership for the following committees: Diversity Council, Gender Equity Committee, Faculty Search Oversight Committee.