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

Our strategic vision emphasizes the excellence of people, groups of people, and broad intellectual communities at MIT and beyond. The objective of faculty hiring is to attract individuals of the highest caliber, who are dedicated to educating our students such that they are best-equipped as professionals, scholars and academic leaders, and entrepreneurs, and for whom powerful intellectual networks exist or are expanded to promote their success.  In addition to excellence as the priority for hiring, our search process focuses on promoting diversity and flexibility. We search for potential candidates as broadly as possible and aggressively seek out potential women and underrepresented minority candidates to develop a strong and diverse pool. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and are not discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. MIT’s full policy on Nondiscrimination can be found here. Examples of URM sourcing include but are not limited to publishing the CEE faculty ad in venues such as Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineer National Society for Black Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native American, American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) to name a few.

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

Future Leaders in CEE: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Research Talk and Lunch Series

CEE holds a regular seminar series to foster diversity, equity and inclusion. Speakers from diverse backgrounds who are considered future leaders in STEM and the domain of civil and environmental engineering will share their journey to achieve success in STEM 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 have navigated through various challenges associated with diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM.

The next Future Leaders in CEE  seminar is scheduled for May 25, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT via Zoom. Please email Stephanie at smartino@mit.edu if you would like to attend.

Seminar topic:
Self-Healing Materials: Toward Smart and Adaptive Materials for the Environment

Speaker information:
Dr. Bezawit Getachew is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Engineering at Rice University. She completed her Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University, where she developed the first autonomously self-healing water filtration membranes. She also holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering (ABET) from Yale. Prior to joining Rice University, Dr. Getachew spent two years as a Postdoctoral Associate at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her current research focuses on understanding the performance of “smart materials” in the context of water treatment technologies and resilient water infrastructure.