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Executive Summary

MIT’s Strategic Action Plan for Belonging, Achievement, and Composition is a framework to support local and Institute-wide efforts to advance practices, systems, and behaviors that promote equity, value differences, and establish conditions so that all members of our community can thrive. The plan aims to coordinate, assess, and elevate new and existing activities around three strategic priorities: belonging, achievement, and composition. It specifies Institute commitments related to each priority:

  • Critically engage with and empower the MIT community on the value of inclusion and belonging as drivers of Institute effectiveness.
  • Reinforce positive interactions among members of the MIT community to foster and promote an enduring sense of belonging.
  • Support academic research, scholarship, and administrative collaborations regarding diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and related topics at MIT.
  • Advance excellence in all forms of success among underrepresented undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, staff, and faculty.
  • Improve the representation of underrepresented graduate students, postdocs, staff, and faculty.
  • Assess and strengthen recruitment of underrepresented undergraduate students

Each commitment is accompanied by a series of proposed actions, more than 50 in total. Each proposed action is either owned or co-owned by a member of MIT’s senior leadership team, based on whom the action is designed to serve (students, staff, postdocs, or faculty).  

The first year of this plan’s implementation—the Foundation Year—will focus on enabling and coordinating the development of local plans that align with the Institute-wide plan, creating common infrastructure that can be leveraged across the Institute, developing reporting and assessment tools, and cultivating the skills and capacity necessary for making change.

We use the terms belonging, achievement, and composition in this plan because they better reflect how MIT defines community, its focus, and its values than the more commonly used inclusion, equity, and diversity.