The Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) values and is committed to an educational and research environment that is inclusive, diverse, and supportive. Since its inception in 2013, the organization has made strong efforts to ensure best practices in the recruitment and retention of diverse student, faculty, and staff populations in our research labs and in our educational offerings through the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) Program. We recognize this as a journey and not a destination. Therefore, we look to hear from and learn through the experiences, perspectives, and recommendations of the community. We are committed to MIT’s 2004 goal of doubling the percentage of underrepresented (URM) faculty and tripling the percentage of URM graduate students. Without a diverse community thriving and growing together, we cannot hope to achieve our goals of radically improving global health.
Moreover, the gravity and importance of the work we do to drive progress from the laboratory bench to the patient’s bedside is daily at the forefront of our minds, but our first concern is always the mental and physical health of our students, staff, and faculty. We do not desire scientific breakthrough at the expense of the well being of the valued members of our community or the patients we serve.
We invite the community to submit ideas and suggestions to help us realize these commitments. Among other continuing efforts we will:
- Establish an IMES Working Group on Diversity and Inclusion, composed of students, faculty, and staff, to recommend specific actions aimed at recruiting and retaining more diverse faculty, student, and staff populations. Our goal is for all our community members to thrive and be empowered in their careers.
- Continue to reinforce Faculty Search committee efforts to start actively recruiting for open faculty positions in a timely manner before they are posted. For example, continuing to support and build on the “Rising Stars in Biomedical” symposium, which brings outstanding female graduate students and postdocs to MIT.
- Organize regular lectures and discussions for the IMES/HST community on unconscious bias and inclusion.