MIT Technology and Policy Program

TPP and Student Diversity

A diverse student body is and has long been critical to the educational mission of MIT.  TPP is committed to providing our students “with an education that combines rigorous academic study and the excitement of discovery with the support and intellectual stimulation of a diverse campus community.”

Our students’ success depends on their exposure to many viewpoints and their ability to trust peers to provide both support and criticism.  Moreover, the experience of working with a diverse set of peers at MIT prepares our students to work effectively in the world outside MIT: it opens their minds and attunes them both to the variety of strengths and the variety of concerns of others.

The existence of such diversity of viewpoints depends upon representation within our student body of backgrounds and experiences that vary along many dimensions, among which are gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, disability, religion, age, veteran status, and socio-economic background.  No student should feel isolated, and all students should come into contact with members of other groups and experience them as colleagues with valuable ideas and insights.

It is through this experience of the richness and diversity of interests, strengths, viewpoints and concerns of their fellow students that our students become open-minded intellectuals and innovators, primed to pursue the MIT mission of the betterment of humankind.

(Derived from the CUAFA Statement on the Role of Diversity in MIT’s Educational Mission)

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