Diversity

Postdoc Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Mission Statement

We seek to address all aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) for postdocs at MIT. By leveraging the existing globally diverse population of postdocs, we hope to create an even more inclusive, diverse, and collaborative environment for all at MIT, and to prepare postdocs to be leaders in DE&I efforts both here and at future workplaces. By maintaining this standing committee, we aim to enable its members to provide new opportunities for training, to assemble resources, and to advocate for awareness and institutional changes.

The committee is run primarily by the Human Affairs Co-chairs of the PDA, presently Tansu Daylan and Kyle Diederichsen, but many postdocs have contributed to getting the committee going! 

If you would like to be involved, join by signing up through this form. Keep an eye out for emails about meetings and other events! We will also announce all meetings in the weekly PDA newsletter. 

We will use this website to keep track of events and other resources that would be useful to postdocs related to DEI effort. There are numerous groups on campus that overlap and support related goals, but we hope to be a central resource for postdocs to help promote these sometimes separate areas. This website is still a work in progress, and we would love to hear your suggestions! 

Resources

MIT Offices and Groups

The Institute Community and Equity Office (ICEO) is the primary source for DE&I related efforts at MIT. 

http://diversity.mit.edu/ 

The ICEO also maintains an extensive list of offices, committees, people, and other resources related to their mission. 

http://diversity.mit.edu/about/diversity-officers-committees-and-offices

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Postdocs may wish to join Employee-Led Resource Groups through Human Resources. 

https://hr.mit.edu/diversity-inclusion/ergs

qtPhD’s is a postdoc – focused group supporting the LGBTQ+ community, as well as their allies.

https://qtphds.mit.edu 

Other Resources

There are many training courses available to postdocs through Human Resources as well:

https://hr.mit.edu/learn

qtPhD’s, the PDA, the Committee on Race and Diversity, and the School of Science Quality of Life Program have sponsored several Inclusive Classrooms workshops, keep an eye out for future times during IAP and during the year! Several resources compiled by the workshop creators, Darcy G. Gordon, Ph.D., and David S. Bergsman, Ph.D. are reproduced below. 

MIT’s own Professor Drennan has put together a guide to reducing stereotype threat in students and mentees:

http://drennan.mit.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Diversity_reading2015.pdf

Cornell University’s Center for Teaching Innovation has a nested set of resources on various aspects of inclusive teaching: 

https://teaching.cornell.edu/teaching-resources/building-inclusive-classrooms 

The Teaching Center at Washington University at St. Louis has a series of resources and references for setting ground rules, reducing stereotype threat, having difficult conversations, and more:

https://teachingcenter.wustl.edu/resources/inclusive-teaching-learning/strategies-for-inclusive-teaching/ 

The University of Pittsburgh has helpful guidelines for genderinclusive language:

http://www.gsws.pitt.edu/node/1432 

Life Sciences Education (LSE) has a wonderfully thorough guide to improving your inclusive teaching, linking to supporting educational research:

https://lse.ascb.org/evidence-based-teaching-guides/inclusive-teaching/ 

The folks over at Accessible Syllabus have created a wonderful set of guides with references to help ensure the accessibility of syllabi:

https://www.accessiblesyllabus.com 

The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning Network have a collection of articles, posters, and other media on the topic of inclusive teaching:

https://www.cirtl.net/resources/topics/60 

A guide to creating and setting ground rules is made available by Paul Gorski, see links on this page for other equity-based classroom ideas:

http://www.edchange.org/multicultural/activities/groundrules.html 

A graphic organizer summarizing Universal Design for Learning Guidelines are made available by CAST:

http://udlguidelines.cast.org 

The NIH has a trans-institutional network to “develop, implement, assess, and disseminate innovative and effective approaches to engaging, training, and mentoring students; enhancing faculty development; and strengthening institutional research training infrastructure to enhance the participation and persistence of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds in biomedical research careers.”

https://nrmnet.net/ 

An extensive list of postdoctoral funding schemes has been assembled on github:

https://asntech.github.io/postdoc-funding-schemes/