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MIT has offered generations of people the opportunity to change the trajectory of their lives, develop their full potential, and have an impact on the world. Yet the Institute is part of a society in which opportunities are not evenly distributed. To live up to its mission and to increase its own impact, MIT has an obligation to continue removing barriers to equity and opportunity, increasing the diversity of its community, and shaping an environment in which people of all backgrounds can do their best work and thrive. By establishing concrete objectives for improvement, MIT can play a leading role in meaningful change.


At MIT, we value creativity, hard work, transparency, and accountability. The DEI@MIT site, and our timeline in particular, are helping us put these values into practice. As we are in the early, data collection stage of developing the Action Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the timeline serves as a strategic roadmap and helps us track our progress.

Collaborate With our Community

An extension of the Institute’s DEI strategic action plan, this site provides a dynamic platform for sharing progress, increasing transparency, and generating ideas to make a better MIT. Drawing on the wisdom of our entire community, the DEI@MIT plan will enable us to do what no report could do on its own.

Use this site to learn more about DEI efforts at MIT and help us build a better MIT. Share your thoughts on each of our strategic prioritie​s, or on our Question of the Week, by logging in with your Touchstone or Infinite Connection ID and using the feedback boxes below. We'll release updates and notify our contributors via email as we review submissions.

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Defining Our Framework

Words can mean very different things to different people, and how we define them can be powerful and instructive. As we move forward in advancing the Strategic Action Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, we want to ensure that we are working with shared, collaboratively formed definitions of our strategic priorities: composition, belonging, and achievement. Once defined, these priorities will guide future data collection, programs, initiatives, and measurable goals.

Use the boxes below to learn more about how you can contribute to the development of our strategic priorities for diversity, equity, and inclusion at MIT.


Composition is a measurement of the identity characteristics of individuals in our community, including gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, veteran status, and disability(ies).

More about Composition →

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Belonging is the sensibility among the members of a community that they are connected to each other, can do their best work, and have a sense of shared purpose and agency.

More about Belonging →

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Achievement is a measurement of success within any domain, including graduation rates, time to degree, career placement, promotion and tenure, and merit-based compensation adjustments.

More about Achievement →