Engineering is a creative and collaborative endeavor in which the most elegant solutions are those that arise from a rich diversity of perspective, discussion, and inquiry. To ensure our future success in achieving our mission as the world's leader in engineering research and education, 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 of faculty, staff, and students.
For School of Engineering undergraduates, the percentage of US-citizen or permanent-resident students who identified at least in part with an under-represented minority grew from 25 in 2002 to 28 in 2013. For graduate students, the percentage grew from 7 in to 11 in the same period, and the percentage of nonresident alien students grew from 37 to 41. For engineering faculty, the percentage of who identified with an underrepresented minority grew from 5 in 2005 to 7 in 2013, and the percentage who are international grew from 45 in 2005 to 49 in 2013. (Note: this includes those who were born outside the US).
The School of Engineering has also 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.
- Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES)
- Saturday Engineering Enrichment and Discovery (SEED) Academy
- The Women's Technology Program
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
MIT's Diversity & Inclusion website is another valuable resource that includes more information on this topic.