Well-Being, Diversity and Inclusion

At MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering we are dedicated to creating an inclusive and diverse community. We appreciate and welcome a community that comes from various backgrounds and holds diverse opinions. Please see below for a statement from our faculty members on well-being, diversity and inclusion.

MIT CEE Faculty Statement on Well-Being, Diversity and Inclusion

  • CEE is a community of people united in our pursuit of intellectual, creative, and technical excellence, to make a better world. We care about the mental and physical health of our students, faculty and staff of any age and background as a human priority before the nature or progress of their work
  • We value diversity in and inclusion of our students, post-docs, faculty and staff and appreciate their backgrounds and opinions. We believe that diversity in its many dimensions is critical for our Department to achieve its mission in education, research, and to best serve the nation and the world
  • We pledge to better approach the goals stated in MIT’s 2004 pledge to increase diversity, as well as the recommendations of the 2010 report on Faculty and Diversity
  • We remain committed to MIT’s goals of increasing the percentage of faculty, postdocs and students from under-represented groups, and seek to accomplish progress in diversification of our Department and the Civil and Environmental Engineering field more broadly

For more on well-being, diversity, and inclusion at MIT see the Institute Community and Equity Office (ICEO).

CEE Diversity, Equity and Inclusions Research Talk and Lunch Series

CEE introduces monthly seminar series to foster diversity, equity and inclusion. Speakers from diverse backgrounds who are highly successful in their careers will share their journey to achieve success and their research. The goal of this initiative is to start a dialogue around the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion, address the relative lack of representation of certain groups and present examples of those who were able to overcome unique challenges. Speakers will present a two-part seminar: one part of the seminar will be an overview of their research and the other will focus on how they navigated through various challenges associated with diversity, equity and inclusion in their careers.

The next CEE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion seminar is scheduled for September 24, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm via Zoom. The zoom meeting ID is 916-8702-0691 and the Password is 357144.

Speaker information:
Dr. Darcy G. Gordon is an Instructor of Blended & Online Learning Initiatives in the Department of Biology, and former postdoctoral associate here at MIT. Previously, she completed her Ph.D. at Boston University studying the behavioral ecology and neurobiology of social insects, and developed curricula for science outreach programs. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she completed her B.A. at Colgate University in Biology and M.S. at Illinois State University in Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics. As a core member of the MITx Biology course development team, Dr. Gordon collaborates with faculty to enhance on-campus instruction through technology and build Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for worldwide use. In this role she blends her pedagogical and scientific expertise to foster authentic learning experiences online, including the creation of visual resources and assessments. As part of her work, she looks to research from the learning sciences to improve in-person, hybrid, and online learning experiences. Promoting accessible and inclusive teaching is both a personal and professional passion for Dr. Gordon. As a postdoctoral associate she co-developed an inclusive teaching workshop that reached a couple hundred MIT community members within one year. Working with the MITx Biology team, she is currently in the process of expanding the reach of this project by adapting this material into an online module.

Seminar content information:
Dr. Darcy G. Gordon will discuss how her lived experiences at the intersections of privilege and marginalization, specifically gender, race, and disability, have influenced her navigation of higher education and current work in digital learning. She will explore the ways her experiences in academia have shaped her as a scientist-educator and have led to the alignment of her efforts in digital education and inclusive teaching at MIT.