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.

Community Value Statements

Policies & Resources


Find links for resources for support, education, and action. This includes community support groups, a list of opportunities for all levels of STEM education and for those who want to volunteer or those who want to participate.

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. 




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.  See the table below for a list of current representatives serving in these roles.

Representatives by Unit

The Leadership page lists the leadership for the following committees: Diversity Council, Gender Equity Committee, Faculty Search Oversight Committee.


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.

You can also submit anonymous concerns through the Institute Discrimination and Harassment Response office (IDHR) which is available to students, staff and faculty, or MIT’s Ethics Point system.

Additional options for addressing harassment or violations of MIT policy

MIT’s Institute Community and Equity Office and Institute Discrimination and Harassment Response office (IDHR) provide 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.