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The MIT Department of Biology promotes diversity and inclusion as one of our core values. We welcome and encourage talented individuals of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities, and individuals with disabilities, to participate in the Department’s teaching and research endeavors. One of our strengths is a diverse community of scientists, trainees, and staff who share a vision focused on education and discovery, who treat each other respectfully, and who value the contributions of each person.

Together, we work to understand the foundations of life, and to bring new knowledge to bear on some of the world’s most difficult and pressing problems related to human health, energy, food, and the environment. We advance our collective pursuit of intellectual, creative, and technical excellence by recruiting talented thinkers and doers from all backgrounds and experiences to contribute distinct perspectives and skills.

The Biology Department continually strives to increase the number of underrepresented minority faculty, students, and staff in our community, and to ensure that all feel welcome. In partnership with the university, we place high value on creating and maintaining a supportive environment for studying, working, and living that promotes physical and mental well-being and allows each individual to reach their full potential.

MIT places a high value on advancing a respectful and caring community that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion. Information about MIT programs and resources may be found by visiting the Institute Community & Equity Office’s website, subscribing to the Diversity Newsletter or exploring Diversity Initiatives on the MIT Graduate Admissions website.

To learn more about our own outreach initiatives, visit the Outreach section of the website.