The MIT Mathematics Department places great value on the diversity of its faculty and students and is continually working to increase the number of women and under-represented minorities (URM) in our community. To meet this challenge we are developing programs, increasing awareness and providing additional academic support to encourage more participation from under-represented groups. By paying attention to all levels of the academic ladder we hope to encourage a broader group of students to continue study in Mathematics.
Visit MIT's diversity and inclusion website "Inventing Our Future" for current initiatives and first hand experiences at MIT.
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.
Special Lecture, Spring 2010
"The Mathematical Enterprise: A Minority Perspective"
In Spring of 2010, William Yslas Vélez, former President of the Society for Advancing Chicanos, Hispanics and Native Americans in Science and Distinguished Professor from University of Arizona, spoke at MIT about the challenges of increasing diversity of the mathematics field. Read More
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. Committee members are Professor Ruben Rosales (chair), Assistant Professor Mark Behrens, CLE Moore Instructor Stephen Kleene, Professor David Vogan, and Shirley Entzminger.
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 Ruben Rosales.
AISES is geared to increasing the representation of American Indian and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science and other related technology disciplines. The 2012 AISES National Conference was held in November.
The AACU recently held the "Modeling Equity, Engaging Difference: New Frameworks for Diversity and Learning" conference.
CAARMS 18 was held over the summer at Princeton University.
The National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences recently held the fifth annual "Mathematical Field of Dreams" conference at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. The conference brought together faculty in the mathematical sciences and students who are from backgrounds which are underrepresented in those fields.
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.
Dennis Porche, from MIT's Department of Mathematics, attended the 2012 SACNAS National Conference.
MAES aims to increase the number of Mexican Americans and other Hispanics in the technical and scientific fields.