We are committed to a diverse community that celebrates every individual around the globe. We believe this makes us a better place for innovation, science, and the arts to find success.
MIT seeks to promote a workplace of inclusion that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds, different viewpoints, experience, talents, and ideas.
We encourage a respectful and caring community that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion, and empowers everyone to do their best at MIT.
The MIT Institute Community and Equity Office’s mission to advance knowledge and educate students extends to preparing all of us to empower people of every race, gender, and other social identity.
We recognize our special responsibility to serve as a catalyst for change. The organizations and people within iHQ, strive to:
- create an environment where members of traditionally marginalized communities at all levels thrive and where the effects of gender, racial, and other disparities simply can’t exist
- play a vital role in shaping the skills, capabilities, and expectations of our community in the innovation economy
- lead the way for other universities in breaking some of the barriers students face in becoming fully engaged as productive inventors
- open the door to a network of like-minded partners here on campus, in corporations, in entrepreneurship, and in government
We acknowledge Indigenous Peoples as the traditional stewards of the land, and the enduring relationship that exists between them and their traditional territories. The land on which we sit is the traditional unceded territory of the Wampanoag Nation. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced occupation of their territory, and we honor and respect the many diverse indigenous people connected to this land on which we gather from time immemorial.
The Benefits of Diversity in Innovation
Fiona Murray, Co-Director MIT Office of InnovationHQ, Associate Dean for Innovation and Inclusion, discusses how drawing in different stakeholders provides different points of view and experiences that help enable innovation. Learn more in her course, Accelerating Corporate Innovation: The Competitive Advantage of Ecosystem Engagement
Diversity, Equity, and inclusion resources
The Institute Community and Equity Officer (ICEO) serves as a thought leader on the subjects of community, equity, inclusion, and diversity; a focal point for organizing MIT’s related activities and conversations; and a hands-on practitioner who disseminates best practices and inspires the awareness and enthusiasm to help them flourish.
The Institute Discrimination and Harassment Response Office (IDHR) serves community members who have experienced harm and provides access to supportive measures, resources on or off-campus, and resolution pathways including the informal/alternative dispute resolution process or the formal complaint process.
The Social Justice Programming & Cross-Cultural Engagement Intercultural Center (SPXCE, pronounced “space”) is a collaborative initiative between the Office of Multicultural Programs, Women and Gender Services and LBGTQ+ Services, working to foster a more inclusive, equitable, and affirming MIT campus climate.
The Office of Graduate Education (OGE)’s GradDiversity seeks to support the success of underrepresented and under-served graduate students at MIT through a series of programs designed to strengthen recruitment, enhance community, and ignite development in academic, leadership, and professional skills.
The Office of Minority Education works closely with students who are underrepresented — including African American, Native American, and Latino students — to ensure their academic success while building an essential community among undergraduates, faculty, and staff.
The Ombuds Office is a confidential and independent resource for all members of the MIT community to constructively manage concerns and conflicts related to your experience at MIT. We help you to analyze concerns, clarify policies and procedures, and identify options to constructively manage conflicts. We also provide systemic feedback to strengthen MIT and promote a fair and respectful culture.
Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) is a rigorous six-week residential academic enrichment program for rising high school seniors – many of whom come from underrepresented or underserved communities – who have a strong academic record and are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering.
Hosted by MIT Sloan School of Management, The Inclusive Innovation Economy series focuses on accelerating inclusion in the innovation economy. Dive deep into different ways of thinking about innovation and inclusion, and discover steps you can use to make a difference within your own communities.
Interactive resource reference
View/download this visual interactive reference of the resources available to all MIT community members.