We believe that engineering is a creative and collaborative endeavor in which solutions arise from a rich diversity of perspective, discussion, and inquiry.
The MIT School of Engineering is committed to increasing diversity by fostering a community of opportunity and by providing the intellectual stimulation of a diverse school and campus environment, both in the classroom and where we work and live. We have made steady progress in recruiting and retaining faculty, students, and staff that have been traditionally underrepresented in engineering. Yet there is still much to be done as we continue to build a diverse and inclusive community.
For engineering undergraduates, the percentage of US-citizen or permanent-resident students who identified at least in part with an underrepresented minority was 629 (28 percent of 2,257) in fall 2016. For graduate students, there were 220 (12 percent of 1,856) in the same period. There were 1,407 (43 percent of 3,263) graduate nonresident alien students. For engineering faculty, those who identified with an underrepresented minority grew from 5 percent in fall 2004 to 8 percent in fall 2016 and those who identified as international grew from 45 percent in fall 2004 to 51 percent in fall 2016. (Note: this includes those who were born outside the U.S.).
The Office of Engineering Outreach Programs has developed and implemented a range of outreach programs and services to provide access to the intellectual stimulation of our campus community to a younger audience. These programs work with middle and high school students, including those from underrepresented segments, to equip them to enter and succeed in postsecondary engineering education. Their programs include Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science, Engineering Experience at MIT, MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community, and the Saturday Engineering Enrichment and Discovery Academy. There are a range of other K–12 STEM outreach programs across the MIT School of Engineering, including the Women’s Technology Program the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Program.
A range of government agencies provide additional resources for students and/or employees who have concerns of sexual misconduct or other forms of gender discrimination. Among those agencies, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) provides informational materials on civil rights compliance and equal opportunity in programs receiving NASA grants and other federal financial assistance.
In an effort to help students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics gain greater awareness of their rights under civil rights laws such as Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, NASA has provided the following documents to better inform and assist students (as well as administrators and faculty), in understanding and executing their rights, roles, and responsibilities under the law:
- Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity in NASA Assisted Programs: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Related Laws
- Equal Opportunity in NASA Assisted Programs
- Title IX and STEM: Promising Practices
- Title IX and STEM: A Guide for Conducting Title IX Self-Evaluations
See MIT’s Institute Institute Community, Equity, and Diversity and Title IX websites for more resources and information on these topics.