MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Action Plan

The Sustainability Initiative stands with the leadership of MIT and the comprehensive actions the Institute is taking on diversity, equity, and racial justice. Our team is committed to continuing to learn, sharing our progress, increasing transparency, and generating ideas to build a better MIT. We see our contributions to these efforts in phases. 

Phase 0: Over the past few months, we have been looking inward, thinking deeply, and engaging in conversation about diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ). Drawing on the insights and experience of our diverse community, we’re committing our time and resources to embed this into the fabric of our mission. 

Phase 1 (In progress): As a team, we have committed to some initial actions we can take or amplify in the short term. In the coming months, we will share our progress and long-term goals so we can be held accountable. We invite you to be in dialogue with us, challenge us, and hope you will join us. 

  • Provide the Best Education 

    • Seek targeted feedback from alumni and students on our programs and progress (Launch process with 2020 Annual Report).

    • Ensure diverse representation and topics in our co-curricular programming (Fall 2020, hosted two DEIJ specific "Sustainability Lunch Series" out of four total events)

    • Include DEIJ topics in MIT Sloan Executive Education courses 

    • Further integrate DEIJ topics in our S-Lab and Capstone courses (In process)

  • Apply Academic Rigor to Real-World Problems 
    • Expand our climate models and research to include environmental justice implications of climate change and policies to address it

      • (Fall 2020, research is being conducted on deep energy retrofits in multi-family housing)

      • (12/03/2020, launched new "air pollution" graph included in En-ROADS simulator)

    • Integrate existing and new research on multi-solving into the way we present and use En-ROADS and our other climate models 

    • Identify research opportunities in Aggregate Confusion project around measurement challenges (In process)

  • Empower Leaders Everywhere to Take Action 
    • Expand access to and diversity of roundtable and networking events, such as the Renewable Energy Finance Roundtable (REF)

    • Apply a DEIJ lens to S-Lab host recruitment and projects (As of spring semester, identified 3 projects)

    • Apply a DEIJ lens to all Initiative marketing and communications, including public speaking engagements (In process) 

  • General and Administrative 

    • Begin an "Opportunities for Growth" tracker to log and take action on missed opportunities and mistakes (Brainstorming)

    • Continually update internal DEIJ progress and metrics tracker to ensure accountability (In process)

    • Participate and join MIT/MIT Sloan working groups to further advocate and push for DEIJ at MIT (As of 11/17/2020, two team members have joined MIT Sloan working groups).

Phase 2: We will set concrete goals that align to the Institute-level goals for Composition, Inclusion, Engagement, and Achievement. We will plan 2021-22 DEIJ activities that align to those objectives.

Phase 3: We will continue to hold ourselves accountable via our Advisory Board and student/alumni engagement, for progress on our strategy and goals beyond the 2021-22 academic year.

More information and updates to come | Last Updated, 2/17/2020 

Sustainability Initiative | June 3, 2020

Black Lives Matter | Statement from the Sustainability Initiative

The Sustainability Initiative stands with Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color in demanding an end to racist structures and systems, and targeted violence against Black Americans.

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