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:
Office of Minority Education (OME) (Undergraduate)
Office of Graduate Education: GradDiversity (Graduate)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Charles R. Drew Medical Society: affiliate of the National Medical Association representing African American physicians
Asian American & Pacific Islander
CitizenPath DACA: employment rights with DACA
Immigrant Rising: immigrant entrepreneurs
The Dream.US: resource library
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)
News and Resources
Latpro: job postings and recruitment events
Saludos: job postings and recruitment events
Aspira: advocacy and empowerment for Puerto Rican and Latino communities
Gay & Lesbian Medical Association: GLMA, health professionals advancing LGBT equality
American Indian College Fund: scholarship resources
Students of Color
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
Forte Foundation: non-profit consortium of leading companies and top business schools
Anita Borg Institute: women transform technology and transform the world