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This plan defines three priorities: Belonging, Achievement, and Composition. Each speaks to how MIT defines a healthy, thriving community.

The release of this plan is only the first step. Recognizing both the need for shared progress and the reality of the Institute’s decentralized structure and culture, further progress depends on creating localized programs for action in each academic, research, and administrative unit. 

Belonging

MIT will cultivate a community in which people feel connected to each other, share a sense of purpose, and support each individual’s freedom to be themselves and respectfully express their views. By encouraging empathy, civil discourse, inclusion, and engagement, we will build on our historic strengths as a problem-solving institution and contribute to society's collective well-being. 

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Achievement

MIT will make equity central to how opportunities are presented and assessments are conducted for all members of the community while ensuring the highest standards of excellence. We will minimize barriers to achievement and chart equitable pathways to success for everyone. 

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Composition

MIT can only fulfill its mission by serving as a magnet for a wide range of talented people. The composition of our community, and of our leadership, should reflect a commitment to diversity. Establishing objectives, defining steps for achieving them, and improving processes for collecting more detailed identity data will empower us to see ourselves more clearly and make progress.

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Leadership Reflections

L. Rafael Reif, MIT President, on the Strategic Action Plan for Belonging, Achievement, and Composition.

“There is essential work still ahead to make sure that everyone who earns a place here feels welcome. The plan we share today draws on best practices from the past but in a way that is far more coordinated, while allowing opportunities for new thinking.”

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Cynthia Barnhart, MIT Provost

Cynthia Barnhart, MIT Provost, talks about the connection between diversity and excellence.

John Dozier, MIT’s Institute community and equity officer

John Dozier, MIT’s Institute Community and Equity Officer, on building consensus and bringing the MIT community together.

Maria Zuber, Vice President for Research at MIT

Maria Zuber, Vice President for Research at MIT, on feeling safe to take risks in the research community.