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Mathematics Department Statements on Diversity and Inclusion
We are committed to fostering a community of learning that is welcoming, inclusive, engaging, and aimed at the highest academic accomplishments. To this end, we affirm that the mental and physical well-being of our community, especially of our students, is of utmost importance.
Mathematical potential is independent of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, political views and socio-economic background. Mathematical thinking benefits everyone. Our faculty is thus committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity among our students, postdocs, instructors, faculty and staff members.
Specifically, we are committed to increasing the percentage of underrepresented minorities (URMs) among our faculty and students, and to promoting diversity at every level of mathematical development. We have thus taken action on various fronts, including the creation and support of several programs, from middle school onwards, designed to increase the number of URM students in mathematically-based fields. Progress made towards achieving our goals is reviewed biennially by the Mathematics Department Visiting Committee.
For a full list of diversity events please visit the ICEO Events Page
Some upcoming events in Spring 2018 include:
- 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Luncheon
February 8 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Jennifer Finney Boylan: She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders
February 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
- MIT Women's unConference
March 9 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
- Leading for Change Higher Education Diversity Consortium Spring Summit
March 29 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
To encourage more URM speakers in Mathematics seminars, the Department will fund the travel expenses for URM speakers who are brought to campus by any math seminar series organizer or math student association.
Diversity Advisory Committee
The Department has established a new faculty committee that will plan, execute, and review the effectiveness of new diversity initiatives. The Diversity Advisory Committee consults with faculty, instructors, students and staff to pinpoint opportunities for expanding diversity.
The Department supports participation in the following conferences. Members of the Department who would like to attend one of these conferences should speak with Diversity Committee Chair Gigliola Staffilani.
AISES is geared to increasing the representation of American Indian and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science and other related technology disciplines. The 2018 AISES National Conference will be held October 4-6, in Oklahoma City, OK.
The Association of American Colleges and Universities is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career.
The AAC&U will hold the 2018 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Democracy Conference from March 22-24 in San Diego, CA.
The Math Alliance states its goal: to ensure "that every underrepresented or underserved American student with the talent and the ambition has the opportunity to earn a doctoral degree in a mathematical science."
You can find upcoming events on their website:
NAM promotes excellence in the mathematical sciences and the mathematical development of underrepresented American minorities.
SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists from college students to professionals in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership. The 2018 conference will be held from October 11-13 in San Antonio, Texas.
MAES aims to increase the number of Mexican Americans and other Hispanics in the technical and scientific fields.