The MIT Department of Chemistry is passionate about fostering a climate of diversity and inclusion among its faculty and students.  The Department is committed to promoting awareness of and generating enthusiasm about the field of chemistry, and encourages members of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and those with disabilities, to flourish at MIT.  Together with the Institute at large, the Chemistry Department has established a number of programs, groups, and initiatives in the hope that it will continue to broaden participation and expand its ever-growing population of diverse individuals.


Professor Jianshu Cao
t: 617-253-1563
e: jianshu@mit.edu


Academy of Courageous Minority Engineers (ACME)
The Academy of Courageous Minority Engineers is an accountability group for underrepresented and underserved graduate students across the institute. ACME’s mission is to promote Education, Empowerment, and Encouragement throughout the graduate population. This is a growing organization with a strong and active population. The group wishes to empower our members to achieve a work-life balance, which will result in successful matriculation through MIT and future endeavors outside of the Institute.  Finally, they wish to provide a place where all minority graduate students are encouraged to share goals and expectations, express ideas, concepts, and frustrations without rebuke, while fostering an atmosphere of accountability.

Black Graduate Student Association
The Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) seeks to promote the cohesiveness and success of African, African-American and Afro-Caribbean graduate students at MIT. The group host different types of events:  social events—e.g, community lunches, bowling outings, game nights, academic or career development events—e.g, lunch talks, career workshops.

The MIT Access Program is a two-day program to introduce talented undergraduate students to the opportunities for graduates of Ph.D. programs in chemistry, chemical engineering and materials science.

Intstitute Community & Equity Office
The Institute Community and Equity Office (ICEO) serves as a thought leader on the subjects of community, equity, inclusion, and diversity; a focal point for organizing MIT’s related activities and conversations; and a hands-on practitioner who disseminates best practices and inspires the awareness and enthusiasm to help them flourish.

Latino Cultural Center (LCC)
The LCC functions as the hub for Latino students and student organizations, as well as individual community members interested in learning more about Latino culture. The LCC is composed of two main parts: The business offices of the student organizations, and the lounge for academic and social activities. The purpose of the LCC is to provide a space for students to meet with study groups or to study individually, to socialize, and to hold cultural and social events.

LBGT @ MIT is committed to eliminating racism within the LBGT community at MIT and within the larger MIT community as a whole.  

MIT Summer Research Program 
The MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) seeks to promote the value of graduate education; to improve the research enterprise through increased diversity; and to prepare and recruit the best and brightest for graduate education at MIT. MSRP seeks to increase the number of underrepresented minorities and underserved (e.g. low socio-economic background, first generation) students in research. The program seeks to identify talented sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors who might benefit from spending a summer on MIT’s campus, conducting research under the guidance of MIT faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students.

MLK Visiting Professors and Scholars Program
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology established the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Professor Program to enhance and recognize the contributions of outstanding scholars. The program honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by increasing the presence of minority scholars at MIT.

National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers
The mission of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) is to build an eminent cadre of successful diverse global leaders in STEM and advance their professional endeavors by adding value to their academic, development, leadership, and philanthropic endeavors throughout the life-cycle of their careers.

Office of Graduate Education (OGE)
The Office of Graduate Education is an Institute-wide support and referral office for graduate students and graduate administrators. The OGE supports and serves individual graduate students, programs, and schools in order to make graduate education at MIT empowering, exciting, holistic, and transformative.

Office of Multicultural Programs (OMP)
The Office of Multicultural Programs seeks to foster an inclusive and affirming campus climate. They provide oversight for the Black Student Union and the Latin Cultural Center, and advise the approximately seventy culturally-focused student clubs and organization, while serving as a safe space for students to develop connections and broaden their scope.  OMP exists to help students be successful, while providing advocacy, support services, trainings, workshops, leadership development and culturally based programs. They provide students with opportunities to engage in meaningful dialogue and activities that will assist them in becoming change agents at MIT and beyond.

Women In Chemistry
Women in Chemistry (WIC) is a group of graduate students dedicated to making the Chemistry Graduate Program at MIT more fun and fulfilling for female graduate students and postdoctoral fellows by facilitating connections with the greater community, hosting social events, and creating a forum for discussion about gender issues in science. WIC achieves these goals by arranging industrial site visits, hosting speakers from academia and industry, holding monthly coffee breaks, hosting dinners with Alumni, and coordinating a mentoring program for incoming graduate students.

You Are Welcome Here
The “You are Welcome Here” campaign seeks to increase visibility, to identify multiple points of access to LBGT support services, and to create a more welcoming campus environment.