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



CONVERGE | Office of the Dean for Graduate Education

The CONVERGE mission is to increase the presence of underrepresented and underserved students in MIT’s graduate programs. To achieve this goal, CONVERGE hosts a four-day graduate school preview weekend on the MIT campus during the fall for select participants who will be strong applicants to MIT graduate programs.


DOW-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.

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.


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

Institute Community and Equity Office

The Institute Community and Equity Officer (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. 

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.

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.

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.