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MIT General Diversity Information:

Current MIT URM Statistics

The MIT Office of Minority Education - The mission of the OME is to recognize and propagate academic excellence among students of underrepresented minority groups, with the ultimate goal of developing leaders in the academy, industry, and society.


Campus Committee on Race Relations - The Committee on Campus Race Relations' job is to make sure communication happens, demonstrating MIT's high-level recognition that numerical diversity is necessary, but not sufficient, for a vital campus.

Department of Architecture - Commitment and "The Black Architect's Journey" Conference at MIT. African American Architecture Alumni.

School of Architecture and Planning - Diversity Contact Information.

Broad Institute
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The Diversity Initiative in Scientific Research was launched in 2003 with a grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute that provides financial sponsorship for underrepresented minority scientists to participate in research programs at the pre-baccalaureate, undergraduate, postdoctoral, and professoriate levels.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) MIT Chapter - Student run local chapter.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) MIT Chapter - Student run local chapter.

MIT Black Students Union (BSU) : The purpose of this organization is to provide support for black students and to promote social interactions between students, faculty, and alumni. The organization shall also aid in efforts to improve the welfare of the Black community as a whole and provide a quality community space that serves the entire black community at MIT.

MIT Black Graduate Student Association : The goals of the Black Graduate Student Association at MIT are: To promote the cohesiveness and academic success of African, African American and Afro Caribbean graduate students at MIT. Encourage community involvement and service. Stimulate and encourage political and economic self determination among the membership.

Black Alumni/ae of MIT : BAMIT is a membership driven organization of MIT alumni/ae of African descent that collaborates with other organizations to achieve the following goals: 1) support the professional and personal development of Black MIT alumni/ae; 2) support MIT, with a special focus on the recruitment, development and successful degree completion of black students, and 3) strengthen Black communities to which alumni/ae are committed, particularly insofar as science, technology and education can contribute to the development of these communities.

Latino Alumni/ae of MIT : Latino/a Alumni of MIT (LAMIT) is part of MIT's alumni network and is run entirely by volunteers. We organize events, do community service, and support current and prospective MIT students.

The Latino Cultural Center : The Latino Cultural Center (LCC) functions as the hub for many of the Latino student organizations, as well as individual community members interested in learning more about Latino culture. The Center holds regular office hours, discussions, study breaks, small performances, and dinners throughout the year. It is also the location for many student group meetings. The students of the LCC are actively involved in planning Mes Latino, a celebration of Latin culture during the month of March. The LCC is composed of two main parts, the business offices of the student organizations, and the adjacent lounge for social activities. The lounge is also available for quiet study and socializing during the day.

MIT Diversity News and Documents

09/07 Liskov, Harris to share new leadership position for faculty equity - Barbara Liskov, Ford Professor of Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Wesley Harris, Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and currently head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, have been selected to share the office of Associate Provost for Faculty Equity, Provost L. Rafael Reif announced on Sept. 7.

04/07 MIT Diversity Initiative - A core team of faculty representing all five of MIT's schools has been appointed to develop the Institute's new initiative on faculty race issues. Preliminary Report.

03-04/07 MIT Faculty Newsletter - Vol. XIX No. 5, March/April 2007. Focus on Diversity.

03/07 James Sherley Information
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Letters Regarding Associate Professor of Biological Engineering James L. Sherley.

12/06 Panel reports to Provost on MLK Program - MIT News, December 6, 2006.

2006 : The Graduate Student Council in the fall of 2005 created a Task Force on Diversity which has conducted an overview of the past GSC and Institute-wide initiatives that have focused on increasing diversity at MIT. One of the goals of the Task Force is to explore the potential barriers that exist in diversity initiatives at MIT and in graduate school more broadly. The Final Report of the Task Force on Diversity (pdf) is available online along with webpage summary.

02/25/04 : Diversity is critical issue before Institute - MIT News article

09/04 School of Engineering Newsletter - Vol. 1, No. 5, September 2004. "Diversity: Critical to Our Educational Mission" by Dean Thomas L. Magnanti.

10/04 Former MIT grad student chosen as graduate dean- Chris Jones.

02/17/03 Fact Sheet Amici curiae brief filed by MIT, et al. Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger

02/03 MIT to file brief in Supreme Court on U. Michigan affirmative action case - Using MIT's 29th annual breakfast honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a forum, MIT President Charles M. Vest announced today that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will file with the U.S. Supreme Court an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in support of the University of Michigan's freedom to include race among factors for admissions.

2003 Technology and the Dream: Reflections on the Black Experience at MIT, 1941-1999 (Paperback) by Clarence G. Williams.

01/02 MIT Faculty Search Committee Handbook - This handbook is intended to aid in diversifying the applicant pool when conducting searches.

2000 : The Tech Online : Volume 120 , Issue 1 : Tuesday, February 1, 2000 Jackson Shares Vision of Diversity, Leadership, MIT Graduate and RPI President to Speak at MLK Breakfast By Aaron D. Mihalik and Katharyn Jeffreys

1999 - A Study of the Status of Women Faculty in Science at MIT- How a Committee on Women Faculty came to be established by the Dean of the School of Science,
what the Committee and the Dean learned and accomplished, and recommendations for the future

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