Programs within EECS
MIT EECS created the Rising Stars in EECS workshop series to encourage top early-career women in electrical engineering and computer science to explore life in academia.
6.811 and the AT Hackaton teach students about human disabilities, assistive technology, accessibility, humanistic co-design, rapid prototyping, and project management.
MIT EECS is a member of the FLIP alliance, which seeks to address the broadening participation challenge of increasing the diversity of the future leadership in the professoriate in computing at research universities as a way to achieve diversity across the field (contact Eric Grimson, Armando Solar-Lezama and Frédo Durand.)
The department has run optional in-person training programs for faculty, undergraduate and graduate students based on interactive theater with Theater Delta.
Student associations and programs within EECS
THRIVE (Tools for Honing Resilience and Inspiring Voices of Empowerment): Empowering, supporting, and representing the diverse MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science graduate student community. Strengthening ties amongst students, providing peer-to-peer support, and driving sustainable cultural change.
Women in EECS: a community for women in EECS that supports, encourages and empowers them to succeed.
GW6 (Graduate Women in Course 6): provides EECS graduate women with an environment in which to develop mentorships and friendships and to gain support and encouragement in completing their degree.
MIT EECS REFS Informal Conflict Management by EECS graduate students trained as peer mediators.
MIT is a member of Access Computing, where High school, college, and graduate students with disabilities can connect with mentors and professionals to learn about internships and other opportunities in computing fields (contact Rob Miller and Kyle Keane.)
LGBTQ@MIT LBGTQ+ Services supports numerous student, employee, and alumni groups; departments; and initiatives on campus aiming to foster equity, intersectionality, and the continuum of social justice.
MindHandHeart coalition of students, faculty, and staff working collaboratively to strengthen the fabric of our MIT community.
MIT Peer Ears: a residence-based mental health support network.
The First Generation Program (FGP) is committed to building a sense of community among first generation MIT students, faculty, alumni, and staff, while raising awareness of their unique experiences.
Interphase EDGE: A two-year scholar enrichment program which includes a seven-week summer session as well as programming during the academic year to help ease the transition to MIT and to build community among new students.
MIT RISE award (Recognizing Individuals Supporting Equity)
MIT is a member of the GEM consortium, a network of leading corporations, government laboratories, top universities, and top research institutions that enables qualified students from underrepresented communities to pursue graduate education in applied science and engineering (contact Scott Tirrell.)
The University Center for Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM) focuses on the recruitment, retention, and academic success of underrepresented minority doctoral students. UCEM involves (1) collaborative UCEM faculty initiatives, (2) recruitment activities, (3) research support and mentoring, (4) professional and personal development, and (5) community building. To participate in UCEM, departments nominate incoming first-year students (up to six awards per department), and provide 100% financial support with $8,000 of supplemental funding for five years ($40,000 total). The MIT UCEM consists of six cohorts of students with 13 UCEM Alumni. Through departmental, institutional, and program support, we find that our UCEM graduates complete their graduate degrees in 5.1 years, compared to 6.5 years for all URM students and 6 years for all students at MIT (contact Leslie A. Kolodziejski.)
Religious, Spiritual & Ethical Life (ORSEL)
The Office of Multicultural Programs (OMP) provides support and advocacy, and celebrates our diverse undergraduate and graduate student populations by providing myriad educational and social opportunities.
Institute Community & Equity Office (ICEO) and their list of resources
Summary of resources for students
All new, incoming graduate students are required to take a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Online Module and all faculty, employees and students are required to take an online course on sexual misconduct.
Institute Discrimination and Harassment Response Office
Violence Prevention and Response
The CARE Team supports all students through challenges they may experience during their time at MIT.