MIT DMSE Faculty Statement on Student Well-Being, Diversity, and Inclusion
The MIT DMSE Faculty care deeply about the mental and physical health of our students, and both the health of our students and the quality of their academic work are extremely important to us. We value diversity and inclusiveness in our students, faculty, and staff with regard to their backgrounds and opinions, and we remain committed to MIT’s goal of increasing the percentage of URM faculty and students expressed as a resolution of the MIT Faculty Meeting of 5/19/2004.
By ongoing review and improvement of our recruitment, hiring and retention practices and by promoting a supportive academic and social environment, the DMSE Faculty pledges to enhance diversity and inclusiveness within departmental faculty, students and staff. Our progress towards creating a diverse, caring community will be reviewed biennially by the DMSE Visiting Committee.
MIT and DMSE are committed to excellence in education and research. We recognize that excellence in science and engineering is a result of collaborative efforts and that a community with differing experiences, education, backgrounds, and interests has better collaborations.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment. The Institute does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other Institute administered programs and activities, but may favor US citizens or residents in admissions and financial aid.
The Vice President for Human Resources is designated as the Institute’s Equal Opportunity Officer. Inquiries concerning the Institute's policies, compliance with applicable laws, statutes, and regulations (such as Title VI and Section 504), and complaints may be directed to Lorraine Goffe-Rush, Vice President for Human Resources, Room E19-215, 617-253-6512. Such inquiries may also be directed to the Manager of Staff Diversity and Inclusion, Room E19-215, 617-452-4516. In addition, inquiries about Title IX (which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex) may be directed to the Institute's Title IX coordinator, Sarah Rankin, Room W31-223, 617-324-7526, titleIX@mit.edu. Inquiries about the laws and about compliance may also be directed to the Office for Civil Rights, US Department of Education.
As a recipient of research support from federal agencies, including NASA, MIT and DMSE follow federal guidelines and policies related to discrimination. NASA makes available resources for those who have been subject to discrimination.
- Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity in NASA Assisted Programs: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Related Laws. This brochure lays out NASA’s obligations under the civil rights laws pertaining to federally assisted programs and activities. It provides program beneficiaries with information on how to file a discrimination complaint with directly with NASA, should they wish to do so.
- The brochure also has a companion poster, Equal Opportunity in NASA Assisted Programs, which provides similar information.