Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

1. The Office of Minority Education (OME)

  • Populations Served: Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Industry, and Alumni
  • Office Response: The Office of Minority Education is now working remotely like most MIT offices. Most of the OME programs, including the cohort programs like Laureates and Leaders, MAP/EMAP, The Standard, and Interphase EDGE are still offering programs and services remotely. The OME continues to meet with key advisory groups remotely, including the OME Student Advisory Council, OME Faculty Advisory Committee, and the Industrial Advisory Council. In addition, the OME’s academic services, like the Talented Scholars Resource Room and Seminar XL, are being offered virtually via Zoom video conferencing. All of these online services except for one (EMAP/Electronic-Mentor Advocate Partnership) were newly created or re-imagined for a virtual presence, including the programming for Campus Preview Weekend.

2. Disability and Access Services

  • Populations Served: Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Postdocs, Staff, and Faculty
  • Office Response: Disability and Access Services is offering remote meetings with students, faculty, and staff, rather than in-person consultations. They are reviewing the accessibility of remote learning tools and communicating findings.
  • Office Resources: Disability and Access Services added a webpage with content about how to make remote teaching and learning accessible. They are also finalizing a document with suggestions for students, primarily those with executive function challenges, on how to adjust to remote learning.

3. Accessibility and Usability

  • Populations Served: Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Postdocs, Staff, and Faculty
  • Office Response: Accessibility and Usability Services added resources on their webpage  to help ensure that students with disabilities can access course materials, and that they can fully participate in their virtual classes
  • Office Resources: Accessibility and Usability Services’s web page includes accessibility features in some of the recommended teaching tools offered through the Teach Remote website.

4. Institute Discrimination and Harassment Response Office (IDHR)

  • Populations Served: Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Postdocs, Staff, and Faculty
  • Office Response: IDHR (formerly known as the Title IX & Bias Response Office) has transitioned its services to remote access.  MIT community members can connect with IDHR via email (idhr@mit.edu) or fill out the online incident reporting form. The IDHR Office will respond to the inquiry to set up a phone or zoom call to discuss resources and reporting options.
  • Office Resources: The IDHR website has an option to file an incident report online anonymously or non-anonymously, which anyone in the MIT community can use if they’d like to let the IDHR Office know something has occurred or are looking for additional support, resources, and reporting options.

5. Ombuds Office

  • Populations Served: Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Postdocs, Staff, and Faculty
  • Office Response: The Ombuds Office continues to be a resource for all MIT community members to provide confidential consultation. During this especially difficult time, the MIT ombudspersons can help people work through difficult situations, bring clarity to policies and processes, and help identify resources. As a sounding board, we can help guide people through the many challenging situations that will certainly arise from this crisis.
 To schedule a meeting via phone or Zoom, please email Kalina Schloneger: kalina_s@mit.edu or call 617-253-5921
  • Office Resources: During these uncertain times everyone’s resilience is being tested in countless ways. From navigating the challenges of continuing to learn and work remotely with colleagues and peers under stress, to negotiating new ways of collaborating and communicating. Please remember the MIT Ombuds Office is available to offer support and assistance to the MIT community in navigating these challenges and exploring constructive options for success. We are available for phone or Zoom meetings, and can also facilitate online sessions and group discussions to help teams function and support good communication skills during this challenging period.  

6. Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life Office (ORSEL)

  • Populations Served: Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Postdocs, Staff, and Faculty
  • Office Response: With in-person events no longer possible, the Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life (ORSEL) has quickly moved their programming and counseling resources to remote formats. 
  • Office Resources: During this difficult time, as students, faculty, and staff find themselves suddenly displaced, unmoored, and afraid, ORSEL is available for anyone who needs support. Chaplains are available by phone, email, and remote video conferencing to listen, talk, and be present for you; and remote events are being held every week.

7. International Students Office

  • Populations Served: Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Visiting, Exchange, and Special Students
  • Office Response: The International Student Office (ISO) has been able to process immigration documents virtually through their database iMIT, and mail them domestically or internationally to the students. Instead of in-person advising appointments and employment presentations, the ISO has moved them online. This is one of ISO’s busiest seasons and their staff are working together to keep up with the demands. 

8. Office of Multicultural Programs (OMP)

  • Populations Served: Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students
  • The Office of Multicultural Programs (OMP) advises students, student organizations, and provides educational outreach, training opportunities, and celebratory moments for the MIT community around diversity and inclusion. In response to Covid-19, the OMP created a digital catalogue on their website.

9. SPXCE Intercultural Center (SPXCE)

  • Populations Served: Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students
  • Office Response: The Social Justice Programming & Cross Cultural Engagement Intercultural Center (SPXCE, pronounced "space") Intercultural Center has shifted to a multitude of virtual platforms in order to meet the needs of our students such as Zoom, Instagram, and Facebook. SPXCE staff are getting creative in how they are connecting with our students, creating spaces for community, and providing support, such as #Let’sShareSPXCE, virtual office hours, and movie nights. 

10. LBGTQ + Services

  • Populations Served: Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students
  • Lesbian/Bisexual/Gay/Trans/Queer Services (LBGTQ@MIT) aims to ensure a safe and supportive campus-wide community where students of diverse gender, romantic, and sexual identities are all welcomed as equals. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, they have created a digital content website to house their programs, links to support, games, and more. 

11. First Generation Program, Office of the First Year

  • Populations Served: Undergraduate Students
  • Office Response: The Office of the First Year is hosting weekly chats called "Community Connections” for first generation/low income (FGLI) undergraduate students. This is a space for students to connect with other members and create an environment of support. The Office of the First Year First Generation Program wants to remind folks that we are here for each other, no matter where we are in the world!
  • Office Resources: In addition to participating in weekly Zoom chats, students have created a Google Doc to facilitate check-ins. Students can write in how they're feeling as well as tips and tricks for staying productive. They've also created a comprehensive list of resources focused on Covid-19.

12. Institute Community and Equity Office (ICEO)

  • Populations Served: Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Postdocs, Staff, Faculty, Community Members, and Alumni
  • Office Response: The ICEO has shifted their storytelling series to a virtual platform and topics are related to coping with Covid-19. The virtual series is called Thursday Tea Time (T3). Originally, they had organized an in-person workshop on code switching and have since moved to a webinar format. To share information, resources, and other DEI initiatives, ICEO created a Slack workspace. They are revisiting their social media presence and looking to beef it up.
  • Office Resources: The ICEO has used Zoom for our virtual meetings and events. They created a Slack workspace to maintain a connection to the community.

13. Office of Graduate Education’s GradDiversity

  • Population Served: Graduate Students
  • Office Response: OGE GradDiversity is working to shift their community programming for current graduate students online. 
  • Office Resources: OGE GradDiversity has compiled resources to support the MIT community during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

14. Language Conversation Exchange

  • Population Served: MIT Community

  • Office Response: At the MIT Language Conversation Exchange, we connect people across the institute for conversation, cultural exchange, and friendship. We are committed to building an enthusiastic community of language learners and lovers at MIT. Through our website, slack space, and virtual coffee hours, you can find a conversation partner so you can practice a language you are learning or want to improve with a native speaker. Our virtual coffee hours (held on Zoom) are scheduled for every other Tuesday at 1 p.m. starting on April 28th. 

  • Office Resources: http://lce.mit.edu

    Slack: https://mit-lce-community.slack.com/

    Subscribe to our email list: https://lce.mit.edu/subscribe

    Contact us at lce@mit.edu

15. Spouses and Partners Connect at MIT Medical

  • Population Served: Significant others of students, staff, and postdocs who have relocated to the Boston area
  • Office Response: MIT’s Spouses and Partners Connect Office has moved some of their group meetings onto Zoom. For other groups, the members are connecting via social media (Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp). Our private consults and office hours are now held via phone, Skype, or Zoom. 

16. Women and Gender Studies

17. Office of the Vice Chancellor Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Professional Development Subcommittee

  • Population Served: Staff
  • Office Response: The Professional Development Subcommittee of the OVC Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has shifted from researching speakers for an event in June to planning virtual programming.