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Diversity

Visit MIT's diversity and inclusion website "Inventing Our Future" for current initiatives and first hand experiences at MIT.

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.

Events

For a full list of diversity events please visit the ICEO Events Page

Some upcoming events in Fall 2017 include:

  • Data For Equity: The Power of Data to Promote Justice
    September 26 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • An Evening with Shirley Ann Jackson
    September 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • The Gender/Race Imperative
    October 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Identities
    October 5 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
  • Migration Stories: The US Visa Lottery and Global Citizenship
    October 25 @ 5:30 pm
  • Women of Color Feminisms in Authoritarian Times
    November 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Seminars

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.

Diversity Conferences

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.