MIT Multicultural and Diversity Related Resources
Adaptive Technology Information Center
ATIC provides information technology resources and services specifically designed to address the needs of MIT community members and visitors with disabilities.
Black Student Union 50-105
The Black Students’ Lounge is located on the first floor of MIT Walker Memorial room 105. This lounge is where almost all of our BSU events are held. Throughout the school year, we also share the space with several other MIT organizations such as BGSA, BTG, NSBE, OME, MIT Program in Women’s Studies, and BAMIT for example. If you are interested in using the lounge for an event or meeting please contact us.
The MIT Board of Chaplains, representing many of the world’s religions, serves their own religious communities, as well as the MIT community at large. Chaplains are available for counseling, private talks, and program development.
Committee on Campus Race and Diversity
The CCRR is charged with fostering better relations among the races, ethnicities and cultures of people at MIT, and with helping the community realize the benefits of its cultural and racial diversity.
We encourage members of the MIT community and their families to take advantage of the many free or low-cost programs, classes, and workshops offered by Community Wellness.
Conflict management is a completely voluntary and confidential process that helps two or more people in conflict clarify their issues and goals, communicate about the situation, and try to reach a constructive resolution.
Council on Staff Diversity and Inclusion
The Council on Staff Diversity and Inclusion is an advisory body charged with encouraging and informing efforts to utilize the diversity of MIT’s staff to advance the work of departments, laboratories, and centers. The diversity of staff includes racial, cultural, demographic, cognitive, and technical characteristics.
The objective of the DSO is to ensure that MIT community members receive equal access to all Institute programs and services.
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)
ERGs are employee-led groups formed around common interests, issues and/or a common bond or background. All of MIT’s ERGs are open to any employee. The ERGs are: African, Black, American, Caribbean @MIT ERG; Asian Pacific American ERG; Latino ERG, Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender (LBGT) ERG; and Millennials ERG.
English as a Second Language Resources
The MIT Global Education and Career Development Center provides this comprehensive list of internal and external resources for increasing language proficiency.
Faculty Work/Life Website
Like life in general, academic life has different phases, from choosing to accept a faculty appointment through deciding to retire. Each phase presents its own challenges in integrating work and home life. MIT has resources that may help. This site was created by the MIT Center for Work, Family & Personal Life to make it easier for faculty and those who assist them to find this information when needed.
Institute Community and Equity Officer (ICEO)
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.
International Students Office
Provides services to meet the special needs of MIT international students, and support programs, which help them to fulfill their personal and academic goals. The Office provides individual advising and group seminars on immigration regulations, and also provides services to students and their dependents by assisting them when they need forms to travel outside the US or need personal counseling/advising in emergencies or unexpected immigration problems.
Language Conversation Exchange
These informal partnerships can help new members of our community get acquainted with the MIT community, while their English-speaking conversation partners improve their proficiency in another language. Members find the informal nature and flexibility of the LCE an enjoyable way to share their culture and learn more about someone else’s.
Latino Cultural Center
The LCC functions as the hub for Latino students, student organizations, and community members interested in learning more about Latino culture. It provides space for students to meet, socialize, and hold cultural & social events. The LCC holds regular office hours, discussions, study breaks, and dinners throughout the year. It’s also the location for student group meetings: APR, Casino Rueda, LUChA, Mujeres Latinas, SHPE, MAES, & Teatro Latino.
With a primary focus on students, our mission is to ensure a safe and supportive campus-wide community where lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, questioning individuals, and their allies are all welcomed as equals. We offer a variety of training, support, and programs to achieve this mission. Room 50-005, 253-5440
Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Professors Program
MIT established the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Visting Professor Program to enhance and recognize the contributions of outstanding scholars. The Visiting Professors and Scholars enrich the intellectual life of MIT with their participation in MIT research and academic programs.
The MedLinks program is comprised of students who serve as liaisons between undergraduate students and MIT Medical. We support the health and well-being of MIT students—both in their living groups and within the wider MIT community—one-on-one and through larger campus events.
MIT Medical Mental Health Services
Counseling, evaluation, treatment, crisis intervention, and referral.
MIT Work-Life Center
The MIT Work-Life Center fosters a welcoming and supportive environment that enhances the lives of the diverse mix of people and families who live, work, and study at MIT.
Multicultural Conference (MC^2) – February 2016
Brings students together across race, ethnicity, gender, religion, nationality, socioeconomic status, ability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of cultural identity. This overnight conference offers two provocative day of workshops, speakers, community building, action, and reflection centered on issues of culture, identity, and social justice at MIT and beyond.
Office of Minority Education (OME)
Provides effective academic enrichment programs to enhance matriculation, promote higher retention and greater excellence in underrepresented minority (African American, Mexican American, Native American and Puerto Rican/Hispanic) students’ academic and general educational achievements, and encourages their pursuits of graduate degrees and professional careers. The OME’s mission embraces a strategy to address academic and graduation gaps between underrepresented minority and non-minority students on MIT campus. Room 4-113, phone 253-5010
Office of Multicultural Programs (OMP)
The Office of Multicultural Programs advises student organizations on details of event planning, team management, and retreats. OMP supervises the Graduate Assistants for the LCC and BSU, while also serving as the advisor for the LCC ,BSU and all culturally focused student organizations. It also provides educational outreach, training opportunities, and celebratory moments for the MIT community around diversity and inclusion.
The MIT Ombuds Office serves as a neutral, confidential, independent, and informal resource to the diverse MIT community. The office helps in resolving and managing conflict and encourages productive ways of communicating. The office advocates for a fair and effective conflict management system and recommends and supports systemic changes to achieve this goal.
Houses a lending library of LBGT-themed literature and films and serves as a cozy room for reading, meeting other people, and hanging out. The Lounge is also home to MIT’s LBGT student groups.
The Chaplain to the Institute and the Board of Chaplains at MIT all provide spiritual and personal support to students, faculty, staff and the MIT community.
Student Support Services (S^3)
Works to promote the academic success and holistic experience of students, reinforces the core values of MIT by providing support in an accessible and respectful environment, and provide advice and advocacy for students and act as a hub of resources, referrals, and information across the MIT community. S^3 is a service offered through the Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP) office.
Public Service Center
Whether you are a student looking for a volunteer placement, a faculty member inquiring about service learning, or a nonprofit agency representative seeking ways in which the MIT community may be able to assist your organization, we are here to help! As a resource for both the MIT and local communities, the PSC provides programming, guidance, information and support to all those who are committed to, interested in, or just curious about public service.
Women at MIT
Women at MIT is a network of staff and students that provide support and resources. Coordinated by the Assistant Director of Student Activities (who serves as a referral source), Women at MIT offers a range of workshops, discussions, events, and groups around the specific interests and needs of MIT’s women students. The Assistant Director also oversees the Margaret Cheney Room, a women student lounge found in 3-310.
Women’s and Gender Studies
Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary undergraduate Program, providing an academic framework and broad-based community for scholarly inquiry focusing on women, gender and sexuality. Exploring gender with the tools of different, and often multiple, disciplines, Women’s Studies subjects strive to help MIT students better understand how knowledge and value take different forms depending on a variety of social variables. In the course of their inquiry, students not only learn how to use gender as a category of analysis, but also reflect on the manifestation of gender in their own lives, leading to a range of personal and intellectual discoveries. Although gender is a central component of every subject, the study of gender requires attention to connections between gender, sexuality, race, class, religion, nationality, and other social categories; different subjects shed light on different aspects of such connections.
The MIT Women’s League is a vibrant social and service-based organization founded in 1913 to foster connections among the women at MIT. All women who are a part of the MIT community — students, staff, faculty, or their spouses — are welcome to partake in a multitude of annual activities, interest groups, or volunteer offerings that serve to benefit both the membership as well as the greater campus community.