News 2018

11/2/18Giving early-career women in mechanical engineering the tools to succeed in academia
The Department of Mechanical Engineering hosts its first-ever Rising Stars in Mechanical Engineering Workshop.More
11/2/18To build new college, MIT seeks campus and alumni input
Opportunities and new challenges were at the forefront of discussions about the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing. More
Novelist Min Jin Lee makes the case for understanding through fiction
At MIT event, “Pachinko” author talks about literature as a way of understanding outsiders in modern culture.More

Letter from President Reif: Consoling each other and helping to heal the world
10/30/18The BSU at 50
The Black Students’ Union marks a half-century of making MIT more diverse. More
10/29/183Q: Alyce Johnson on upholding the rights of MIT’s transgender community
At MIT, “we are committed to looking after each other,” says interim Institute community and equity officer. More
10/23/18The BSU at 50
10/15/18Starting new conversations about identity abroad
New MISTI programs provide a platform for student dialogue on diversity in international travel, study, and work. More
10/10/18Keeping confidence
The Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) program helped Catalina Romero understand that she wasn’t alone on her MIT journe More
09/28/18Remarks from the installation ceremony for MIT Chaplain Kirstin Boswell-Ford
09/27/18Math Prize for Girls competition helps to close the gender gap in mathematics
MIT hosts the 10th annual contest encouraging STEM careers for female middle and high school students.
09/24/183Q: Reverend Kirstin Boswell-Ford on religion, ethics, and the role of the chaplain at MIT
Chaplains “are here to help guide the MIT community toward being more inclusive, more caring, more supportive, and more ethically minded,” Boswell-Ford says. More
09/17/183Q: Sheila Widnall on sexual harassment in STEM
National Academies report cites need for strong leadership and cultural change; will be focus of upcoming MIT panel discussion. More
09/12/18New perspectives at the bench
Three MIT postdocs earn competitive Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellowships that support diversity in the sciences. More
09/12/18Civil rights in a complex world
Professor Bruno Perreau examines the relationships between personal identity and public institutions. More
08/29/18MindHandHeart plus art at Paint Nite
Social event gives graduate students an opportunity to paint, unwind, and mingle.More
08/23/183 Questions: Sasha Costanza-Chock on new “#MoreThanCode” report
Study of 188 practitioners distills key recommendations about using technology to advance social justice and the public interest.More
08/14/18NASA student competitors honored for persistence
MIT student group welcomes an all-black, all-female team who had been targeted by racist and misogynistic members of an infamous online forum. More
08/03/18PKG Summer Series: Documenting, preserving, and sharing Boston’s LGBTQ history
Through the PKG Summer Series, students follow the trail of the first-ever Boston Pride parade and view archives of early LGBTQ activism in Boston. More
08/02/18Paying it forward: Fellowship boosts women in physics
Four students are first beneficiaries of grant program established by Assistant Professor Lindley Winslow with support from the Heising-Simons Foundation. More
07/19/18Rebecca Masterson appointed AeroAstro principal research scientist
Mechanical engineer and instrument scientist on NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission is the first female principal research scientist in the department's history More
07/18/18MIT Sloan Executive Education innovation@work Blog
The Ruderman Family Foundation and MIT present LEAD20@MIT—a digital advocacy and leadership program focused on disability inclusion More
07/06/18Institute Archives spotlights pioneering women at MIT
Initiative is building collections highlighting the contributions of female faculty. More
07/03/18Dynamic duo
Incoming first-year students Malik and Miles George double down on their dream of attending MIT. More
06/25/18Fighting implicit bias in STEM with increased cognitive control
In a visit with the Department of Biology, Lydia Villa-Komaroff PhD '75 explains how “thinking fast makes changing slow.” More
06/18/18Setting The Standard for excellence
A new program sponsored by the Office of Minority Education and supported by offices across campus is working to advance the success of men of color at MIT. More
06/12/18Scene at MIT: PhD baby and her amazing mama
A new daughter helped Alejandra Falla PhD ’18 gain perspective on life — and her tiny MIT regalia stole the show at Commencement. More
06/11/18MIT hosts University of Puerto Rico students after Hurricane Maria
MIT hosts University of Puerto Rico students after Hurricane MariaMore
06/05/18Letter from the ICEO Ed Bertschinger
This brief update summarizes the state of our change efforts along the three dimensions of Engagement, Assessment, and Accountability. It ends with thanks and a note about changes ahead. More
06/01/18MIT Pilots All-Gender Restrooms
Honoring the commitment to inclusiveness and equity for members of the campus community, this spring MIT launched a pilot project designating multi-stalled, all-gender restrooms in different areas of the campus. More
05/31/18GAIN program to connect community college students to career opportunities
Jaramillo lab launches a summer program to broaden the horizons of local students interested in materials science and engineering. More
05/30/18Featured video: Engineering joy
Graduating senior Izzy Lloyd tells us about her day — and the story of a rich, multifaceted career at MIT. More

Work of the future and the future of work for women in political science
Ford Professor Kathleen Thelen addresses challenges of the “gig economy” and gender equity issues in her field More
05/22/18The task of history
At community dialogue, MIT historians discuss the power of historical knowledge to make a better world. More
05/10/18Hacking for Inclusion? Q&A with Organizer Elaine Harrison
05/04/18Addressing bias, inequality, and accessibility in breastfeeding
Make the Breast Pump Not Suck hackathon at the Media Lab emphasizes social and political issues over engineering.More
05/03/18How business schools are teaching students about workplace harassment
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05/03/18Massachusetts legislature considering two campus sexual assault bills

Title IX Coordinator Rankin: MIT supports overall concept but wants some adjustments More
04/30/183 Questions: Melissa Nobles and Craig Steven Wilder on the MIT and Legacy of Slavery project
MIT Community Dialogue series is underway as multi-year research continues. More

Building AI systems that make fair decisions
Harini Suresh, a PhD student at MIT CSAIL, studies how to make machine learning algorithms more understandable and less biased. More
04/24/18Celebrating great mentorship for graduate students
MIT’s Committed to Caring Award selects third slate of dedicated professors. More
04/10/182018 Change Makers honored for their work to combat sexual misconduct
Violence Prevention and Response and Title IX and Bias Response Office celebrate individuals making a difference in the fight to end sexual harassment and assault.More

Rona Wang, Selam Gano win 2018 De Courtivron Writing Prizes
Prizes recognize student writing on topics related to immigrant, diaspora, bicultural, bilingual, and/or multi-racial experiences. More
04/04/18Bertschinger to leave post as Institute Community and Equity Officer
After five years in novel administrative role, MIT physicist will return to faculty responsibilities. More
04/03/18This is what a scientist looks like
Researchers celebrate women in environmental sciences and engineering at the MIT Museum’s Girls Day.More
04/02/18Innovation fosters inclusive teaching at MIT
Panelists at MacVicar Day symposium highlight wide-ranging approaches for including, engaging, and supporting all students. More
03/30/18KSA meeting puts “Spotlight” on region’s diversity issues
At annual event, Boston Globe’s Spotlight team discusses its latest investigation into racism in Boston. More

Using technology to combat bias in hiring
Stephanie Lampkin MBA ’13 says unconscious bias creates unfair hiring practices — and she developed an app for that. More
03/22/18Future engineers build confidence and community
Empowering young scientists and engineers is personal for Eboney Hearn ’01, executive director of the MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs. More

Alumnae unite at MIT Women's unConference

Gathering brings alumni to campus to celebrate women and create connections to further societal changes. More
03/16/18Lending mind, hand, and heart
Senior Isabella Pecorari is building supportive communities at MIT and beyond. More
03/08/18This RAK week, be kind to yourself
In the midst of a stressful semester, remember to take care of yourself — and reach out if you need help More
03/08/18Francisco Rodriguez-Guardado: One immigrant’s story
From Disney World to MIT More
03/08/18Office of Minority Education launches new program for men of color
The Standard provides cohorts with seminars, mentors, funding More
03/06/18Recipients of the 2018 MIT Excellence Awards and Collier Medal announced
03/01/18BSU kicks off 50th anniversary celebration
Panelists include Stephen Colbert show saxophonist, NASA mission manager, MIT and Wellesley professors More
03/01/18Letter regarding update on MIT's support of its DACA students
The following email was sent yesterday to the MIT community by Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart. More
02/23/18Event explores initial findings from “MIT and Slavery” class
Students bring the Institute into national conversation about universities and the institution of slavery in the United States. More

Exploring his depth of field
Photographer, poet, and PhD student in biological engineering Corban Swain pursues diverse interests with a keen eye. More
02/21/18MIT Black History Project launches new website
Digital archive features never-before-published image of MIT's first black woman student. More
MIT releases findings on relation to slavery, founder William Barton Rogers was a slaveholder
Students research connections between the Institute and slavery in new course More

3Q: T.L. Taylor on diversity in e-sports
MIT sociologist’s “AnyKey” initiative aims to level the playing field of online sports. More
02/15/18Institute centralizes bias reporting for students
Gender- and non-gender-based bias collated under Title IX and Bias Response officeMore
02/14/18Sealing the cracks in public education
MIT senior Yazmin Guzman wants to change the educational landscape to provide opportunities to all K-12 students. More
02/12/18MIT class reveals, explores Institute’s connections to slavery
Findings show founder William Barton Rogers possessed enslaved persons before coming to MIT; research, community dialogue to ensue. More
02/11/18Study finds gender and skin-type bias in commercial artificial-intelligence systems
Examination of facial-analysis software shows error rate of 0.8 percent for light-skinned men, 34.7 percent for dark-skinned women. More
02/09/18Cornel West advocates the “examined life” on campus
In MIT talk, prominent philosopher urges self-reflection to keep academic institutions vital and fair. More
02/09/18MLK luncheon: “What matters is what you’re doing”
Former NFL player Wade Davis gives keynote talk at annual event, reflects on his life as a gay black athlete. More

MIT, you’ve got commitment issues
It’s time to walk the talk More

SPXCE Intercultural Center hosts grand opening event
DuPont to serve as new home for LBGTQ@MIT, Office of More
02/08/18Harvard Divinity Professor encourages moral growth in MIT address
Prof. West: ‘the examined life is painful’ More
02/07/18Progress continues toward a more diverse, inclusive MIT
Many of the changes recommended by black students in 2015 have been implemented; departmental discussions are ongoing.More
1/29/18Graduate Student Council launches inclusion initiative

Student representatives called "conduits" are discussing best practices and planning ways to implement diversity and inclusion programs campus-wide. More

Contest seeks writing about bicultural experiences
The Isabelle de Courtivron Writing Prize is seeking student writing submissions about immigrant, diaspora, bicultural, bilingual, and/or mixed-race experiences. More
1/19/183Q: D. Fox Harrell on his video game for the #MeToo era
The computer scientist’s group has designed a game that gets players to reflect on sexual misconduct in the workplace. More
1/17/18Two from AeroAstro named to Aviation Week's “20 Twenties” for 2018
Grad students Alexa Aguilar and Arthur J. Brown receive honor that recognizes outstanding student academic performance, civic contributions, and research. More

MindHandHeart announces record number of Innovation Fund winners
From indoor lawns to meditative drawing classes, the selected projects aim to make MIT a more healthy and welcoming place More

News 2017


Tackling student food insecurity with SwipeShare
Partnership between the Division of Student Life, undergrads, and grad students that enables guest swipe donations draws 673 donated meals in its first week. More

Calculating the cost of tech-fueled discrimination
Math graduate student’s Data for Black Lives conference provides numbers behind the technologies that enable exclusion. More
12/7/17Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to speak at MIT’s 2018 Commencement
Executive, author, and feminist will address the Class of 2018 on June 8. More

Wellness Fair showcases healthy campus resources
More than 400 students participated in the event, which connected them to more than two dozen wellness-related campus organizations. More
Nov/Dec 2017

A Bit More About Paul and Priscilla Gray More
12/4/17MIT community gathers to honor Paul Gray
Memorial tribute celebrates former Institute president who cherished “This special place.” More

Letter regarding MIT's efforts in combating sexual harassment

AeroAstro announces graduate fellowships for women and other underrepresented students
With the goal of increasing diversity in the next generation of aerospace engineers, the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AeroAstro) has created a pool of graduate fellowships designated for women and other underrepresented students. The fellowships will be available starting with the 2017-2018 academic year. More

3Q: Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart on efforts to combat sexual assault
Barnhart reports on progress since pioneering student survey, urges all members of MIT community to be part of culture change to prevent sexual misconduct. More
11/15/17Using art to disrupt systems of oppression
Visiting Artist B. Stephen Carpenter II examines issues of access, privilege and the global water crisis. More

MindHandHeart study break
Sushi, gratitude cards, and a puppy visits are supported by a grant program that promotes wellness and community building More
11/13/17Visiting Professor Anita Hill leads conversations about Title IX
Attorney, author, and civil-rights advocate moderates The Gender/Race Imperative, a series of talks at MIT about equality in education. More
11/2/17MIT joins court brief in support of “Dreamers”
Legal filing is part of larger set of Institute actions to aid DACA students. More
11/1/17Connecting through conversation
Whether in Cambridge or Shanghai, MIT senior Joshua Charles Woodard seeks to learn from others’ perspectives and challenge his own. More
Mapping gender diversity at MIT
Data visualization map explores two decades of enrollment trends among female students at the Institute.More
10/17/17Ritu Raman named L’Oréal Women in Science Fellow
Postdoc in the Langer Lab is honored for her contributions to the advancement of STEM fields and for her support of women and girls in science.More
10/16/17Good Housekeeping honors rocket scientist Tiera Guinn '17
Design engineer and 2017 alumna working on the largest rocket ever created by NASA was named an "Awesome Woman of 2017." More
10/13/17Innovating for shared prosperity
MIT’s Inclusive Innovation Challenge awards over $1 million to organizations harnessing technology to create greater economic opportunity for workers. More
10/10/17School of Science welcomes new faculty members
This fall brings 14 new professors in the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics. More

Exploring the new world of online credentials
Summit showcases dramatic growth of online learning and explores synergy with residential education. More
10/3/17Q&A: Respecting employees with disabilities
For National Disability Employment Awareness Month, staff members Pauline Dowell and Nico Lang describe their experiences working at MIT. More
9/21/2017Laura Kiessling wins Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry
Professor of chemistry is the first woman to win the prestigious prize, awarded annually for creativity in organic chemistry or bioorganic and medicinal chemistry.More
9/18/2017Former MIT President Paul Gray dies at 85 after lifelong career of service and leadership at the Institute.
Guided by a passion for teaching, MIT’s 14th president helped steer the Institute through decades of social change.More
9/17/2017Empowering young entrepreneurs in West Africa
MBA student Meghan McCormick leads a venture that helps African youth develop small businesses.More
9/14/2017American Sign Language at MIT
A new club is spreading awareness of Deaf culture and American Sign Language.More
8/22/2017Expanding the pipeline to graduate school
Outside of the chemistry lab, PhD candidate Tsehai Grell works to make MIT more inclusive for grad students.More
8/18/2017Lindsey Backman awarded Gilliam Fellowship
Howard Hughes Medical Insitute fellows are chosen for their potential to be leaders in their scientific fields and for their commitment to diversity. More
8/15/2017Letter to the community regarding the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia
The following email was sent today to the MIT community by President L. Rafael Reif. More
8/11/2017MIT Hosts STEM Boot Camp for Veteran Students
Warrior-Scholar Project helps vets transition to college with intensive summer program. More
8/7/2017Investigating the dynamics of war and peace
Erik Sand brings a perspective shaped by eight years of service in the U.S. Navy to his doctoral studies. More
8/1/2017Division of Student Life introduces statement on diversity and inclusion
Statement is intended to inform and guide staff on issues related to diversity and inclusion. More
7/31/2017Closing the gender gap in mechanical engineering.
Women make up 49.5 percent of MIT’s undergraduates in mechanical engineering, due to department’s proactive approach, study finds. More
7/25/2017Department of Biology Welcomes Three New Faculty Members
Recent additions bring diverse expertise and cultural perspectives to research community. More
7/25/2017Defiance: Disobedience for the good of all
MIT Media Lab summer event explores responsible dissent, embodied in its new Disobedience Award.More
7/19/2017Spreading kindness far and wide
Rising senior Bettina Arkhurst, founder of Random Acts of Kindness Week, is making a better world here at MIT. More
7/17/20173Q: Update on MIT staff member facing deportation
MIT is working with attorneys on behalf of Francisco Rodriguez. More

Jessica Myers: Liberté, Egalité, Securité
A novel thesis in the form of a podcast gives voice to issues of security and identity in New York and Paris. More

Office of Multicultural Programs Awards 2016-2017
These awards celebrate students, faculty and staff who have used their platforms to make positive change in the realm of diversity and inclusion in the MIT community. The 2017 Multicultural Awards Banquet was hosted by The Office of Multicultural Programs, The Institute Community and Equity Office, The Office of Graduate Education and The Office of Minority Education. More
7/6/2017Lucas Mason-Brown named 2017 Echoing Green Fellow.

MIT graduate student in mathematics honored for using equations to boost racial equality. He and other MIT students founded More
7/5/2017Reverend Kirstin Boswell-Ford to be newest chaplain.

MIT will welcome the Reverend Kirstin Boswell-Ford this month as the new chaplain to the Institute and director of religious life. More
6/23/2017Dionetta Jones Crayton receives inclusive culture and equity award

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Director of the Office of Minority Education DiOnetta Jones Crayton has received a prestigious award from the Women in Engineering Pro-Active Network (WEPAN).  More
6/20/2017Dean for Undergraduate Education announces 2017 Infinite Mile Award recipients.

The Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education (DUE) honored exceptional staff for their contributions on behalf of students, DUE, and the Institute at its annual Infinite Mile Awards ceremony on June 12. More
6/20/2017Pew recognizes four MIT researchers for innovation in biomedical science.

Biophysicist Ibrahim Cissé and cell biologist Gene-Wei Li honored as Pew Scholars; postdocs Ana Fiszbein and María Inda are named Pew Latin American Fellows. More
Multicultural Programs, LBGT Services moving to new offices in W31

Programs supporting students will be closer to the center of campus. More
5/30/2017Danielle Olson: Building empathy through computer science and art

CSAIL PhD student creates immersive media to help users understand each other's backgrounds and feelings. More
5/30/2017Media Lab announces 2017 Director's Fellows

Media Lab announces 2017 Director's Fellows. Nine new Director's Fellows bring their diverse experiences to a global network empowered by technology created at the MIT Media Lab. More
5/16/2017Hacking discrimination
Student teams develop technology-based tools to address racism and bias.

The 11 pitches presented during the two-day hackathon covered a wide range of issues. Hackathon winners were selected in three categories – Innovation, Impact, and Storytelling – and the teams also received advice from local experts on their topics throughout the second day of hacking. More
4/10/2017Global Studies and Languages is pleased to announce the winners of the Isabelle de Courtivron Prize for 2017: Mira Partha and Sefa Adzo Yakpo.

Mira Partha, First-Place Prize for "Of Swarams and Arpeggios", a meditation where song serves as a metaphor for a hybrid cultural identity. Sefa Adzo Yakpo, Second-Place Prize for "If the Label Sticks", a poetic and engaging portrait of her life as “the child of two worlds but the adult of three.” More
3/31/2017With peer institutions, MIT files amicus brief against revised travel ban

Ensuring that students and scholars from around the globe can continue to enter the US is vital to universities’ missions, brief argues.. More
3/7/2017Featured video: Random acts of kindness

For RAK Week, community members dole out free hugs, snacks, and other kind acts. More
2/27/20173Q: Suzy Nelson on protections for transgender students at MIT

The Institute’s nondiscrimination policies will continue to offer vital protections for MIT’s transgender community, says the vice president and dean for student life. More
2/16/2017Discrimination affects us all.

Celebration of MLK features NASA mission manager Aprille Joy Ericsson ’86. More
2/15/2017MIT and 16 others file amicus brief concerning executive order restricting travel to US

Universities argue that the ability to welcome students and scholars from all countries is critical to their educational missions. More
2/10/20173 Questions: Emma Teng on “China Comes to Tech”

New exhibit delves into history of Chinese students at MIT. More
1/30/2017President L. Rafael Reif, Letters to the Community.

Update regarding Executive Order, thoughts on moving forward. More
1/17/2017Joy Buolamwini wins national contest for her work fighting bias in machine learning.

Media Lab graduate student selected from over 7,300 entrants, awarded $50,000 scholarship in contest inspired by the film "Hidden Figures."
12/20/2017Newest MindHandHeart Innovation Fund projects build community and resilience

Grants totaling $21,450 were awarded to seven proposals in MindHandHeart’s fourth funding cycle. More

News 2016

12/15/16Pick an issue and dive in!

Veterans of civil rights movement urge students to join ongoing battle against injustice. More
12/07/16Nuclear engineering student advocates for change on campus and Capitol Hill

Senior Rasheed Auguste is fueled by passions for science, policy, and creating a more inclusive MIT. More
12/03/16Letter to the community reaffirming MIT's support for students

In President Reif's message of November 9, he reminded us that, “Whatever may change in Washington ... it will not change the values and mission that unite us.” More
11/29/16MIT Reads hosts author Janet Mock

Shared reading sparks timely conversation about gender, race, and community. More
11/22/16“Uniting through Voice and Song” event celebrates values that connect the MIT community

On the evening of Nov. 17, MIT faculty, staff, and students came together to affirm — through words and music — the enduring values and purposes that unite the community. More
11/17/16Apollo code developer Margaret Hamilton receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

Former School of Engineering and Lincoln Laboratory computing pioneer among 21 recipients of the nation’s highest civilian honor. More
11/16/16Scene at MIT: Election reflection

On the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 9, Lobby 7 became a place for the MIT community to quietly gather and reflect on the 2016 U.S. presidential election results. More
11/10/2016Letter to the MIT community regarding the new administration in Washington

This email was sent yesterday to the MIT community by President L. Rafael Reif.More
11/10/16My Sister's Keeper builds community for black women students at MIT

New organization aims to increase connections, mentoring, and success.

11/04/16MIT Football tackles diversity and inclusion conversations

Players’ protest begins wave of discussion.

10/11/16Celebrating pioneering women in STEM at the MIT Libraries

For Ada Lovelace Day, a look at 10 women in STEM history from MIT’s rare books collection.

9/14/2016Media Lab conference addresses gender bias, diversity, and inclusion in STEM

Megan Smith ’86, SM ’88 and other thought leaders offer advice to students on how women in STEM fields can develop skills for navigating life and work.
8/19/2016Libraries launch Institute-wide reading program

For the 2016-17 academic year, MIT Reads will explore the theme of diversity and inclusion.
8/01/2016$1 million gift to support diversity in STEM education

Gift from Hopper-Dean Foundation will enhance computer science and engineering programs for high school and middle school students.
7/22/2016Eboney Hearn '01 named director of MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs

Chemical engineering alumna with deep knowledge of the Institute will lead hallmark diversity program.
7/14/2016At open forum, MIT community discusses recent U.S. tragedies
More than 600 attend event emphasizing commitment to “stand together against injustice, intolerance, and hatred.” More
6/15/2016Why do women leave engineering?

Study: Group dynamics of teamwork and internships deter many women in the profession.
6/13/2016Letter from MIT President Rafael Reif regarding vigil for Orlando shooting victims
The shocking contrast reminds us to treasure the openness we strive for in our own community and to cherish every individual, as we reject the impulse to answer hate with hate. More
5/4/2016JJ Jackson joins MIT as diversity and inclusion officer

New position created to implement ideas from campus community in concert with Academic Council. More
5/3/2016All-MIT Diversity Forum highlights progress, challenges for campus community

Conference underscores collaboration by students, administration. More

4/13/2016MIT Libraries supports the rights and safety of LGBTQ individuals

We encourage community members to read MIT Libraries’ Statement, as well the MIT History Faculty Statement on Student Well-Being, Diversity, and Inclusion. We have much to celebrate in the power of inclusion at MIT, and many opportunities to advance a culture of caring and respect that empowers everyone.

3/24/2016Two sophomores champion MIT’s first Random Acts of Kindness Week

Free hugs, hot chocolate, compliments, bubbles — anyone walking across campus the first day back from spring break may encounter a small barrage of surprises during the inaugural Random Acts of Kindness Week (RAK) at MIT. More
3/4/2016Despite high achievements, undergraduate women at MIT are more likely to feel inferior, study finds

It’s hard to imagine the 8 percent of applicants who receive acceptance letters to MIT feeling inferior, but it’s a sentiment more common than one might think—especially among female students. More
2/25/2016Advocating for diversity: A Q&A with MBA student Ellen Rice Staten

The co-president of the MIT Black Graduate Student Association is on a mission to create healthier and more collaborative educational and working environments for MIT. More
02/25/2016Report on the Status of Undergraduate Women at MIT

Undergraduate students Caroline Chin and Kamilla Tekiela release a Report on the Status of Undergraduate Women at MIT. This multi-year effort assesses differences in academics, leadership, campus environment, and confidence. More
02/10/2016President Reif says that in driving social change, “students have become our teachers”

Reviving a tradition that was dormant for more than two decades, this year’s 42nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at MIT began with a silent march by several dozen students, faculty, staff, and administrators solemnly making their way from Lobby 7 to the annual luncheon at Walker Memorial Hall.

There, MIT President L. Rafael Reif began his introduction of the speakers by reminding the assembled crowd that here on campus, “this has been quite a year – an extraordinary year. On topics from race, inclusion and social justice, to climate change, this year our students have, in many ways, become our teachers.” More

News 2013-2015

12/9/2015Black student leaders present recommendations for a more inclusive MIT

Members of MIT’s Black Students’ Union (BSU) and the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) believe that at a moment of great national pain around the question of how black and other minority students experience life at universities, MIT has an opportunity and an obligation to take a firm stand in favor of inclusion. Toward that end, they are working together with MIT’s senior administration to find ways to make MIT more welcoming and inclusive for all. More
12/1/2015Senior Alyssa Napier dedicates herself to improving MIT

Napier, a senior chemistry major and linguistics minor with a powerful sense of social justice, has thrown herself into numerous organizations and committees dedicated to improving life at MIT. Her passion for activism has inspired her to try new approaches to familiar problems, such as organizing a dialogue between local police and the students of Black Lives Matter, and initiating conversations about what MIT culture means to students, faculty, and staff. More
10/29/2015MIT receives national recognition from the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

The Institute tops a cadre of 105 schools for “extraordinary efforts” in advancing the association’s mission. More
10/10/2015At work, it's what people CAN do that matters.

The Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace.
9/2/15The MindHandHeart Initiative is tapping into our passionate community spirit and innovative problem-solving skills to enhance mental health and well-being at MIT.

Students, faculty, staff, and mental health and wellness experts are working together to launch promising new efforts and coordinate existing support services. More
6/5/15Abigail Francis poses social justice questions in TheTech: INTUITIVELY OBVIOUS: The time is right: social justice at MIT

What would it take to have our staff and faculty match the diversity of our undergraduate student body? More
5/21/15Melissa Nobles named dean of SHASS. Political scientist and department head to lead School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

MIT President L. Rafael Reif says. “Professor Nobles offers us a vision of the humanities, arts, and social sciences as the human stage on which our scientific and technical solutions have purpose and meaning."
5/5/15Tell me about your day, MIT. White "TMAYD" wristbands are being distributed by a first-year student who wants to warm up campus interactions.

How do you launch a cultural shift at an institution? If you’re first-year MIT student Isabel "Izzy" Lloyd, you start with wristbands. Lloyd recently launched Tell Me About Your Day (TMAYD), a new wristband campaign and acronym that she hopes the MIT community will fully adopt.

“People at MIT are so focused on their work and bettering themselves that we often don’t take the time to show that we care about other people,” says Lloyd, whose white TMAYD wristbands are a hard-to-miss symbol of community and caring. By wearing the wristbands, students and faculty alike show that they are available to talk or offer support. More
4/10/15The Center for Bilingual/Bicultural Studies is pleased to announce the winners of the Isabelle de Courtivron Prize for 2015.

Both of this year’s winners take emotional journeys through space and time.

Vivian Tran was awarded first prize for “In the Ticks and Talks,” a powerful memoir about the changing relationship between a Chinese grandmother and her Chinese-American granddaughter. Judges were impressed by Tran’s ability to weave together different stories into a “memorable autobiographical narrative that is eloquent about culture."

Caleb Lin was awarded second prize for his poem "From Beijing to Beijing.” Called "vibrant, intriguing and evocative” by one judge, the poem uses vivid language and pop culture references to transport the reader from the outer rings of Beijing to Tiananmen Square.
2/19/15Solving diversity’s branding problem

Diversity has a branding problem. MIT Sloan assistant professor of marketing Renée Richardson Gosline challenges future leaders to change the stigma around diversity and contribute to a climate of inclusion.

“A lot of times when you mention diversity, you get a couple of reactions. Either the glazed over look or people are paying close attention," she said. "When you get the glazed over look, you’re not reaching your potential audience.” More
2/17/2015Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship Launched by SHASS

MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) has welcomed three outstanding PhD students from other universities to campus this year through the SHASS Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship. Candidates receive stipends and are paired with faculty advisors to help them complete their dissertations.

The three students chosen for this inaugural fellowship year are: Shermaine Jones, from the University of Virginia; Rosa Martinez, from the University of California at Berkeley; and Theresa Rojas, from Ohio State University. More
2/27/2015Diversity challenging not just tech companies but universities too (Ethan Zuckerman and Chelsea Barabas,

Last week, MIT released a report that closely examines the state of diversity within the university... Releasing the report was a brave move for the university. It provides a frank and realistic evaluation of where MIT stands in the heated debate concerning diversity and inclusion in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. More
2/13/2015Our judgments are shaped by biases: Keynote speaker Renée Richardson Gosline shares insights on preconceptions at Institute Diversity Summit. (MIT News Office)

“Our judgments are shaped by biases,” Gosline said — and those preconceptions can be remarkably persistent even when they are clearly and demonstrably false. The persistence of these biases makes it difficult to achieve a more fair and inclusive workplace and society, she said, even for well-meaning people who are sincerely trying to do so. More

2/12/2015 Report outlines path to greater campus inclusiveness: Institute Community and Equity Officer releases report aimed at fostering culture of respect and caring. (MIT News Office)

Today — after interviewing hundreds of faculty, staff, students, postdocs, and alumni, as well as conducting extensive research on practices both at MIT and at its peer institutions — Bertschinger has released a 132-page report that includes a wide array of recommendations for ways to increase the sense of collegiality and inclusion among the roughly 26,000 active members of the Institute community. More

2/12/2015 Letter from Provost Martin A. Schmidt

The report offers an encouraging view of many aspects of our life as community, while also detailing areas for further attention. A number of the ideas in the report would involve the whole community and require serious commitments of time and resources; as we consider the full suite of recommendations, we are eager for your insights and reactions. More

2/05/2015 MLK Luncheon speakers call for more action (MIT News Office)

Annual gathering reflects frustration over racial profiling, calls for more involvement by MIT community. More

12/11/2014 MIT community engages in dialogue on race (MIT News Office)

Members of the MIT community stood outside in a silent protest as a cold drizzle fell, many of them clad in black T-shirts displaying the words “#Black Lives Matter.” A few hours later, some 400 members of the MIT community — including about 100 who overflowed Wong Auditorium — participated in a dialogue on race at MIT that featured a panel discussion, as well as smaller group sessions. More

8/29/2014Transformative conversations (MIT News Office)

ICEO community gathering responds to Ferguson. Disruption. Love. Taking responsibility for our society. More
4/30/2014Women's and Gender Studies "Women-in-STEM Edit-a-thon" honors former MIT President Charles Vest (MIT News Office)

The contributions of women to the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields gained some additional visibility on Wikipedia this spring. More
1/28/2014Good ideas come from anyone, anywhere (MIT News Office)

MIT Diversity Summit celebrates inclusion and meritocracy.More
1/15/2014MIT to hold 2014 Institute Diversity Summit (MIT News Office)

Three-day summit to feature keynote from motivational speaker, diversity workshops, and a documentary on a civil rights activist. More
6/20/2013Edmund Bertschinger appointed as Institute Community and Equity Officer (MIT News Office)

Edmund Bertschinger, a physicist who has led both his department and the Institute to foster a culture of inclusion, will become MIT’s Institute Community and Equity Officer (ICEO). The new position will focus on matters of community, equity, inclusion and diversity on campus. More

1/31/2013Addressing the complexities of meritocracy (MIT News Office)

Goals of equality and inclusion are not enough, research shows, as MIT’s annual Diversity Summit seeks ways to further improve a merit-based environment. More
11/18/2013Finding ‘rising stars’ in EECS (MIT News Office)

MIT-hosted conference encourages the top women studying electrical engineering and computer science nationwide to become professors. More
4/11/2013MIT faculty reflect on accomplishments, challenges in area of faculty equity (MIT News Office)

Professors Wesley L. Harris, Barbara Liskov assess the state of faculty-diversity efforts at the Institute. More
4/11/2013President Reif writes to MIT community regarding new Institute Community and Equity Officer (MIT News Office)

One of my goals as president is to cultivate a caring community focused on MIT’s shared values of excellence, meritocracy, openness, integrity and mutual respect. I also want to help the entire MIT community to draw strength and energy from our extraordinary diversity of experiences and backgrounds. To advance that vision, I am creating a new position, to be filled by a member of the faculty — the Institute Community and Equity Officer, or ICEO. More