Vice President for Equity and Inclusion

A national search for MIT’s first vice president for equity and inclusion

In August of 2023, President Kornbluth wrote to the Institute community about a new, national search to replace MIT’s Institute Community and Equity Officer. “Because the health of our community depends on our ability to come together to face challenges around inclusion, belonging, and free expression,” the president wrote, she and the Provost, Cindy Barnhart, “have concluded that the person who leads us in this important work will need to be part of the senior team.”

The search for a vice president for equity and inclusion will be overseen by a search committee, with leadership from Institute Professor Paula Hammond ’84, PhD ’93, who was recently named to a new role as vice provost for faculty.

The committee welcomes input on the skills and qualities the role requires, as well as the names of potential candidates. Confidential emails to the committee can be sent to

Members of the search committee:

  • Ayo Arowosola, PhD ’21, Postdoctoral Associate, Materials Research Lab
  • Shannon Cardillo, Senior Administrative Assistant, Music and Theater Arts
  • Enoch Ellis ’26, Undergraduate Student, Chemical Engineering
  • Malick Ghachem, Professor and Section Head, History
  • Paula Hammond ’84, PhD ’93 (co-chair), Institute Professor and Department Head, Chemical Engineering
  • Catherine Kim, Assistant Dean for Human Resources and Administration, School of Engineering
  • Sara Kim, Technical Associate II, Biology
  • Kayla Storme, Graduate Student, Chemistry
  • Aaron Weinberger (co-chair), Chief of Staff, Office of the President