Diversity Resources

Advancing Access and Opportunity

We seek to advance access and opportunity for students of all backgrounds. To strengthen our mission in providing holistic career services, we have provided a list of resources that acknowledge identities and experiences that are underrepresented, marginalized, and/or intersectional.

The resources on this page should be used as a reference for additional career support for students among various identities and experiences including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability, immigration status, nationality, and socioeconomic status.

MIT On-Campus Resources such as some of the offices below are intended to be a starting point to members of the community from diverse backgrounds to access resources:

Institute Community and Equity Office

Multicultural Programs at MIT

Office of Minority Education (OME) (Undergraduate)

Office of Graduate Education: GradDiversity (Graduate)

SPXCE Social Justice Programming and Cross-Cultural Engagement

 

Build Connections During and After MIT

Your MIT network is powerful. We strive to help students create connections and attain a sense of belonging while at the Institute.  If you haven’t already, consider joining identity-based student organizations, professional associations, or social groups – they can help build connections amongst students, staff and faculty. Outside of the professionally oriented identity based groups on campus, students from underrepresented identities can participate in the social, political, or volunteer-based identity groups at MIT or in the greater Boston area.

At the bottom of this page you will find a list of resources that acknowledge identities and experiences of groups that are underrepresented, marginalized, and/or intersectional.  A comprehensive list of all groups on campus can be found on the Association of Student Activities website. These groups provide a space for individuals of similar backgrounds to be in the majority in a world where they are usually the minority. The groups provide an opportunity to develop friendships, learn about resources, and gain advice on navigating life at MIT and in the greater Boston area. 

 

Mentorship

Another way to garner support while at MIT is through building a relationship with a mentor.   Mentors can help guide, listen, advocate, coach and provide resources to you.  Use MIT’s Mentorship Program Directory identify programs that foster mentoring relationships.

The Undergraduate Association provides funding for groups of undergraduate students to take professors to dinner or coffee each semester, so this is a great way to connect with professors and peers.  Other programs include the Office of Minority Education’s (OME) MAP   E-MAP program and LGBTQ@MIT’s Rainbow Compass Mentoring Program.

 

Alumni Connections

As an MIT alum, you can connect with identity based Alumni Affinity Groups which are organized through MIT’s Alumni Association.  These affinity groups can be a resource to continue building connections and growing your professional network. 

Students and alumni can also connect using MIT’s Alumni  Advisors Hub, a platform that enables MIT’s alumni to share professional  career advice  with undergraduates, graduate students, and each other. Students can have virtual conversations on a variety of topics and search a database for  of Advisor s profiles using specific filters  in the groups sections that relate most to MIT shared experiences and activities, such as course, location, alumni affinity groups, and diversity and inclusion in the workplace, as well as geographic location, industry and employer. . Scheduling and chat all happen via the online platform. 
 
Review CAPD’s Career Development Handbook (pages 12-14) for general networking advice and a list of sample questions you can ask during your conversations with alumni. Topics can range from their career path, work environment, industry, organization, as well as tips for preparing for a career in their field. 
 
You can also discuss how their organization or industry strives to create an inclusive and equitable environment. Here are some questions to ask to evaluate the commitment to inclusiveness and equity:
Does your organization have Employee Resource Groups (ERG). If so, are these groups well supported by your organization?
Have you participated in ERG’s? If so, what has your experience been?
How does the organization support you in achieving your professional goals?
Are there people from diverse backgrounds represented in various leadership roles across your organization?
Are there identity based professional associations in your industry? If so, does your organization support you in attending these events or conferences?

 

Identity Based Professional Conferences

During and after MIT, consider attending identity based networking events or conferences. These conferences or events provide an opportunity to share ideas with other professionals who have similar experiences, and connected with companies making concerted efforts to recruit for those of a particular identity.  Examples of such conference include: NSBE, SHPE, Grace Hopper, SWE.

 

Tips for successfully navigating conferences

Prior to the conference:

  • Prepare and update your resume and LinkedIn profile
  • Reflect on how you would like to market your skills, interests and accomplishments. Practice talking about your key accomplishments by developing 30, 60 and 90 second introductions.
  • Plan which sessions you would like to attend, develop a target list of companies and attendees you would like to speak with.
  • E-mail or send a LinkedIn message to key contacts attending the conference to schedule times to get lunch or coffee.  
  • If the conference has a career fair component, research companies in advance to determine who you would like to connect with during the conference. Some conferences offer early access to their fair so be sure to check out the conference career fair website for companies and registration.   

During the conference

  • Take advantage of opportunities to meet others with similar interests and backgrounds
  • Share your ideas and ideas about the field or industry
  • Be confident in your skills and ability and embrace the experience

If interviewing, be sure to present your skills, abilities, and interest in the job.  At some conferences, employers will offer on the spot job offers.  Be mentally ready if an offer is extended or not by knowing your interests and values.  Review page 61 of the Career Development Handbook for helpful exercises to evaluate whether an opportunity is right for you

After the conference

  • Foster relationships with those you had meaningful connections with at the conference.
  • Add contacts on LinkedIn or send them a follow up email highlighting why you would like to stay in touch
  • Schedule follow up phone calls or stay connected by sharin articles or relevant information to topics that you both expressed interest in.

Identity Based Resources

African American/Black

Asian American & Pacific Islander

DACA/Undocumented 

Campus Resources

MIT files DACA Amicus Brief

Information/Advocacy Organizations

CitizenPath DACA: employment rights with DACA

Department of Homeland Security- DACA

Immigrant Rising: immigrant entrepreneurs

Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) LSAT Fee Waiver

Life After College: A Guide for Undocumented Students

MALDEF: Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund - Immigrants’ Rights Under a Trump Presidency  

The Dream.US: resource library

UndocuGrads National Network

Massachusetts Immigration & Refugee Advocacy (MIRA)

My Undocumented Life: Up-To-Date Information and Resources for Undocumented Immigrants

National Immigration Law Center

Pre-Health Dreamers

Undocumented Students Career Guide

United We Dream

Advocacy Groups

USCIS- Response to Jan. 18 Injunction

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - Guidance for Employers (some information out of date but still used for reference)

 

First Generation

Campus Resources

First Generation Program (FGP)

Professional Associations/Organizations

FirstGen Fellows: Non-profits

Young Invincibles (YI) Scholars

Latino/a/x

LGBTQ

Multiracial/Multiethnic

Career Resources

Mavin Foundation: advocacy and awareness

Mixed Heritage Center

Native American

Students of Color

INROADS: INROADS has helped businesses gain greater access to diverse talent through continuous leadership development of outstanding ethnically diverse students and placement of those students in internships at many of North America’s top corporations, firms and organizations.

 

The Lagrant Foundation: The LAGRANT Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations by providing scholarships, career & professional development workshops, mentors and internships to African American/Black, Alaska Native/Native American, Asian American/ Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino undergraduate and graduate students.

 

Multicultural Undergraduate Internships: Students: The Foundation's Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program has provided substantive, full-time work opportunities to thousands of undergraduates, exposing them to potential careers in the arts.

 

T. Howard Foundation: The T. Howard Foundation is much more than an internship program for minority students interested in the multimedia and entertainment industry. In addition to a full-time paid summer internship our comprehensive approach to diversity also provides our talented interns with networking opportunities, professional development training, scholarships, mentors and much more.

 

Students with Disabilities

Veterans

Women