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MIT9 Diversity Information

The following information is an excerpt taken from : News from the Office of
Faculty Development & Diversity, Harvard University, May 2007 Volume 1, Issue 4

About the MIT9: In January 2001, presidents, chancellors, provosts, and several leading scholars from nine top research universities met at MIT and participated in an unprecedented dialogue on equitable treatment of women faculty in science and engineering. Following that meeting, the group, now known as the “MIT9,” released a statement, agreeing to analyze the salaries and university resources provided to women faculty, work toward a faculty that reflects the diversity of the student body, and reconvene to share strategies. The group meets annually, and has since broadended its focus to include both women faculty and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.

On April 22, 2007 the MIT9 held its annual meeting, which this year focused on challenges to and strategies for increasing the racial/ethnic diversity of every school’s science and engineering faculties. Institution leaders, deans, and senior faculty participated in a day-long series of presentations and discussions, including a panel session with university leaders. The panel included:

Jean-Lou Chameau, President, California Institute of Technology
Steven Hyman, Provost, Harvard University
Susan Hockfield, President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Shirley Tilghman, President, Princeton University
Patricia Jones, Dr. Nancy Chang Professor of Biological
Sciences; Vice Provost for Faculty Development, Stanford University
Robert Birgeneau, Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley
Mary Sue Coleman, President, University of Michigan
Amy Gutmann, President, University of Pennsylvania
Richard Levin, President, Yale University

Guest Presenters:
Jeremy Berg, Director, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH Report of the NIGMS Minority Opportunities in Research Working Group Minority Recruitment & Retention Strategies

Shirley Malcolm, Head of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Donna Nelson, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Oklahoma, presented a comprehensive analysis of tenured and tenure-track faculty in the “top 50” departments of science and engineering disciplines, showing that females and minorities are significantly underrepresented.

Daryl Smith, a professor of education and psychology at Claremont Graduate University, spoke on ways to diversify the next generation of university faculty and reported on the effectiveness of recruiting efforts.

Peer Institution Links :

California Institute of Technology : Diversity in the Classroom

Harvard University : Office of Faculty Development and Diversity; Vice Provost Faculty Development and Diversity

Princeton University: Diversity working group.

Stanford University : Diversity and Access Office, Stanford University offers its Guide to Recruiting and Retaining an Excellent and Diverse Faculty at Stanford through Provost John Etchemendy's Office.

University of California, Berkeley : Office for Faculty Equity, Vice Chancellor for Equity Improvement

University of Michigan : NSF-Advance; Committee on Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence (STRIDE) . See Faculty Recruitment Handbook. This Handbook describes best practices, from initiation through evaluation, for a complete faculty search.

University of Pennsylvania : Biomedical Graduate Studies Program (Best Practice)

Yale University : Deputy Provost for Faculty Development and Science, Appointed 08/31/07

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