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MIT's Strategic Action Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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 opportunity is not evenly distributed and in which not all people feel equally valued. To more fully live up to its mission and increase its own impact, MIT will continue removing barriers to equity, opportunity, and belonging, increasing the diversity of its community, and shaping an environment in which all people can do their best work and thrive. By establishing and pursuing concrete objectives for improvement, MIT can play an important role in meaningful societal change.

Collaborating as a Community

In July 2020, President Reif announced MIT's effort to develop and implement a comprehensive, Institute-wide action plan for diversity, equity and inclusion. Institute Community and Equity Officer John Dozier, Associate Provost Tim Jamison, and Deputy Institute Community and Equity Officer Maryanne Kirkbride worked with the Strategic Action Plan Steering Team and MIT's senior leaders to draft an initial version of the plan that was released in spring 2021.

Following the initial release, the planning team organized more than three dozen community engagement sessions and have given many presentations of the plan to campus and community groups, collecting feedback in each setting. They have also received hundreds of emails from the MIT community offering suggestions and feedback. 

A new draft of the plan is currently in review with MIT’s senior leaders and the Steering Team. On completion of this review and some additional internal vetting with the community, the final version of the plan will be released. 

To learn more about the planning process, see Q&As from ICEO John DozierProvost Martin Schmidt, and Vice President for Research Maria Zuber on MIT News. 


Defining Our Framework

As we move forward in advancing the Strategic Action Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, we will organize our inquiry and action plans around three strategic priorities:strategic priorities: composition, belonging, and achievement. 

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

MIT can only fulfill its mission by serving as a magnet for the widest range of talented people. The composition of our community of students, staff, postdocs, faculty, and of our leadership should reflect a commitment to diversity. Establishing Institute-wide objectives, defining practical steps for achieving them, expanding formal mechanisms to collect identity data beyond race, ethnicity, and gender, and setting clear criteria for success will empower us to see ourselves more clearly and make real progress.

More about Composition →

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Belonging

MIT can best achieve its goals by creating a community in which all people feel they are connected to each other, can do their best work, and can thrive as members of a community with a sense of shared purpose and agency. By cultivating empathy, civil discourse, inclusion, and engagement, we can amplify our historic strengths as a problem-solving institution and turn them towards society's collective well-being.

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Students belonging

Achievement

MIT will ensure equity is central to its assessments of all students, staff, postdocs, and faculty. For all members of our community, we will chart equitable pathways to success and minimize barriers to achievement.

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