Identity and Cultural Competency

Engage in dialogues across campus with groups and offices in order to further develop individual identities and values, broaden perspectives, and connect with those from different communities.

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Here is a sample list with links to MIT offices that facilitate these meaningful dialogues:

Black Students’ Union – The BSU functions as a hub for the black student community. This lounge serves as a place to hang out, rest in between classes, eat lunch, study, relax with friends, and host events. Multiple student organizations use the space in addition to the BSU; these include NSBE, BWA, the Caribbean Club, Chocolate City, and the BGSA. If you are interested in learning more about the space or being involved in the community, email bsu-exec@mit.edu or blacks-leadership@mit.edu.

Committee on Campus Race and Diversity – The CCRR is charged with fostering better relations among the races, ethnicities and cultures of people at MIT, and with helping the community realize the benefits of its cultural and racial diversity.

Community Wellness at MIT Medical – Community Wellness at MIT Medical works with the entire MIT community provide the resources and programs that can help you make healthy choices.

Conflict Management@MIT – Champions of positive, creative, and effective personal interaction

Institute Community and Equity Officer (ICEO) – 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. The acronym ICEO can refer to either the Office or the Officer, Ed Bertschinger.

International Students Office – Provides services to meet the special needs of MIT international students, and support programs, which help them to fulfill their personal and academic goals. The Office provides individual advising and group seminars on immigration regulations, and also provides services to students and their dependents by assisting them when they need forms to travel outside the US or need personal counseling/advising in emergencies or unexpected immigration problems.

Language Conversation Exchange – These informal partnerships can help new members of our community get acquainted with the MIT community, while their English-speaking conversation partners improve their proficiency in another language. Members find the informal nature and flexibility of the LCE an enjoyable way to share their culture and learn more about someone else’s.

Latino Cultural Center – The Latino Cultural Center (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 officers 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 – With a primary focus on students, our mission is to ensure a safe and supportive campus-wide community where lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, questioning individuals, and their allies are all welcomed as equals.

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.

MedLinks – The MedLinks program is comprised of students like you. We serve as liaisons between undergraduate students and MIT Medical. We support the health and well-being of MIT students – both in their living groups and within the wider MIT community – one-on-one and through larger campus events.

Office of Minority Education – Our mission is to promote academic excellence, build strong communities, and develop professional mindsets among students of underrepresented minority groups, with the ultimate goal of developing leaders in the academy, industry, and society.

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

Ombuds Office – The MIT Ombuds Office helps people express concerns, resolve disputes, manage conflicts, and learn more productive ways of communicating. The Ombuds Office serves as an independent, confidential, neutral and informal resource to the diverse MIT community – it is a resource for faculty, staff, students and post-docs. It provides a place for every voice at MIT to be heard and to receive impartial attention without fear of loss of privacy. The Ombuds Office seeks to promote a fair conflict management system and supports systemic changes to achieve this goal.

Religious Life – The Chaplain to the Institute and the Board of Chaplains at MIT all provide spiritual and personal support to students, faculty, staff and the MIT community. Whether exploring spiritual questions, experiencing a challenging personal time or wanting to engage in conversations about politics, ethics, or service, the Chaplains are available to help. All students are welcome to participate in activities, discussion and community events. The chapel is open for meditations as well as for religious services.

Student Disabilities Services – MIT is committed to the principle of equal opportunity for students with disabilities. Our objective is to ensure that qualified students with disabilities receive equal access to all of the Institute’s programs, activities, and services.

MIT Women’s League – The MIT Women’s League is a social and service organization founded in 1913 to foster connections among women at the Institute. The more than 1,400 women currently identified as members represent a broad range of ages, cultures, talents, and roles in the MIT community. Their diversity enriches their experiences and strengthens the League.