Get Involved / Upcoming Events
Throughout the year, we will host opportunities to connect with members of the community through social and networking events, in addition to various lectures, seminars, symposia, and workshops on a range of DEIJ issues. We welcome you to explore the range of programs and events listed below.
If you are looking for volunteering opportunities, please click here.
Diverse Student Networks
MIT recognizes over 500 student groups, which includes 68 ethnic and cultural associations. MIT clubs are officially organized through, and recognized by, the Association of Student Activities (ASA), a student-run joint committee of both the Undergraduate Association (UA) and the Graduate Student Council (GSC).
To learn more about these organizations, you can visit Engage@MIT and filter by your unique interests.
MIT also offers specialized resources to support a more inclusive learning environment:
Disability and Access Services
Graduate Admissions Diversity Initiatives
Office of Graduate Education
Office of Minority Education (for undergraduates)
Postdoc Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
Council on Staff Diversity and Inclusion, managed by MIT HR
Employee Resource Groups, employee-led groups formed around common interests, common bonds, or similar backgrounds. Current groups include:
- African, Black, American, Caribbean (ABAC)
- Asian Pacific American (APA)
- Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Queer (LBGTQ)
- Women in Technology (WIT)
Community of Practice
The Spring 2023 Community of Practice meeting schedule is as follows:
Friday, February 10th from 12:30-1:30 PM
Friday April 14th from 12:30-1:30 PM
Tuesday February 14th from 4-5 PM
Tuesday April 11th from 4-5 PM
To participate, please contact DEIJ Officer Farrah Belizaire: Farrahab@mit.edu.
More abut the Community of Practice:
Our Community of Practice is a group of Building 46 affiliates (graduate students, postdocs, faculty & staff) who meet twice a semester to share best practices, learn from each other, build peer-to-peer accountability, problem solve, innovate, test out ideas and strategies, and identify consistent DEIJ themes across the building.
In addition to the bi-semester meeting schedule, the group also convenes for informal networking lunches throughout the semester as well as three working groups fcoused on the following strategic aims:
Community-building initiatives (Nancy Kanwisher and Elise Malvicini)
K-12 outreach (Ted Gibson and Ed Boyden)
Postdoc to faculty pipeline (Ila Fiete and Steve Flavell)
DEIJ Working Groups
Led by Nancy Kanwisher & Elise Malvicini
The purpose of this working group is to promote and encourage opportunities to foster a more inclusive building culture by supporting initiatives which bring together members of the Building 46 community in meaningful ways, honoring our diverse identities, subdisciplines and departmental roles (faculty, staff, students, postdocs). A key initiative of this group includes a series of "Community Coffee Hours" where labs could sign up to promote intergroup dialogue through afternoon coffee chats.
Led by Ted Gibson & Ed Boyden
In addition to institutional outreach programs sponsored by departments across Building 46, this group will focus on creating and/or promoting more sustainable, long-term relationships with outreach organizations both within and outside of the MIT community. The goal is to broaden our impact on early STEM education and community engagement, and to also hope to make these opportunities as accessible as possible for interested members of the community.
For a list of individual outreach projects conducted by members of the Building 46 community, please click here.
Postdoc to Faculty Pipeline
Led by Ila Fiete & Steve Flavell
This working group is focused on identifying opportunities to provide early exposure and mentorship to postdoctoral researchers from groups historically underrepresented in the brain and cognitive sciences, and to support the transition to a career in academia. A key initiative of this committee has been the establishment of a "Rising Stars Seminar" which began in the Fall of 2021. Each semester, the Rising Stars Award will recognize postdoctoral candidates of exceptional scientific merit and highlights the importance of diversity and broad representation in the brain and cognitive sciences.
From L-R: Faculty member Steve Flavell, Rising Star Recipient Biafra Ahananou, Faculty member Ila Fiete