The discipline of nuclear science in all its forms is a creative one which benefits from a wide range of perspectives and voices in taking on the challenges unique to the field. The Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering recognizes that the current makeup of the people in this field does not represent the United States population equitably. We are committed to increasing diversity in the field and in our own department by fostering a community that accepts and values meaningful contribution regardless of the source.
Equal opportunity is the beginning, not the end, of our responsibility. We have a great deal of work to do to inspire and encourage people from previously underrepresented groups to explore the engineering field in general and the nuclear engineering field in particular. Our outreach, recruiting, and educational activities are all oriented towards this goal.
A range of government agencies provide additional resources for students and/or employees who have concerns of sexual misconduct or other forms of gender discrimination. Among those agencies, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) provides informational materials on civil rights compliance and equal opportunity in programs receiving NASA grants and other federal financial assistance on the NASA Office for Diversity and Equal Opportunity website.
As part of the School of Engineering (SOE), we participate in several of the Office of Engineering Outreach Programs. SOE has developed and implemented a range of excellent outreach programs and services to provide access to the intellectual stimulation of our campus community to a younger audience. These programs work with middle and high school students, including those from underrepresented segments, to equip them to enter and succeed in postsecondary engineering education. Their programs include, Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES), Engineering Experience at MIT (E2), MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community (MOSTEC), the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Summer Institute, and the Saturday Engineering Enrichment and Discovery (SEED) Academy. There are a range of other K-12 STEM outreach programs across the school, including the Women’s Technology Program, the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Program and more.