Inclusion & Harassment Prevention Resources

MIT Inclusion & Harassment Prevention Resources
Data Insights Academic Year 2020-21


This web page includes a list (below) and printable PDF (on the right) of inclusion and harassment prevention resources, created as part of the Preventing Sexual Harassment Training Initiative. 

If you cannot find support resources that meet your needs in this list, find more on IDHR's Supportive Measures page.


MIT Sexual Misconduct Resources

Institute Discrimination and Harassment Response Office (IDHR)

A resource for the MIT community for concerns related to discrimination and discriminatory harassment, including sexual misconduct.

MIT Police

A resource for MIT community members who would like to report a crime or pursue a criminal investigation. They have anonymous reporting available for sexual misconduct and can connect to other local police departments.

  • 617-253-1212

Violence Prevention & Response (VPR)

MIT’s primary on-campus resource for students who have experienced interpersonal violence, including sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. (Confidential resource)

MIT Health

Serves the healthcare needs of the MIT community. (Confidential resource)

Student Mental Health & Counseling

Mental health and counseling services for students, including support for trauma & gender-based violence. (Confidential resource)

  • Urgent Mental Health Concerns, 24-hour line: 617-253-2916

MyLife Services

Provides MIT faculty, staff, postdocs – and their household members – 24/7 access to a network of experts who are available to help with life concerns. (Confidential resource)

Ombuds Office

The MIT Ombuds Office helps people express concerns, resolve disputes, manage conflicts, and learn more productive ways of communicating. (Confidential resource)

  • 617-253-5921

MIT Office of Religious, Ethical, and Spiritual Life (ORSEL)

ORSEL affiliates represent many of the world's religions and serve both their own religious communities as well as the MIT community at large. Affiliates are available for counseling, private talks, and consultation. (Confidential resource)

Confidential Resource Providers for Sexual Misconduct

For employee complainants and respondents: Complainants (people reporting experiencing harm) and respondents (people accused of causing harm) can contact Lianne Shields, Director of Employee and Labor Relations, HR:

For students respondents: The confidential resource for a student who is accused of sexual misconduct is Jennifer Lawrence, Assistant Dean, CARE Team:

Guaranteed Transitional Support (for Doctoral Students)

Doctoral students in unhealthy research situations can freely switch research supervisors without worry of financial burden or fear of retaliation. Students can meet with their Transition Support Coordinator to discuss options.


MIT LBGTQ+ Resources

"You are Welcome Here" Trainings

“You are Welcome Here” workshops are custom-tailored. LBGTQ+ Services provides this training for student groups and HR provides them for employees.

Gender Neutral Pronouns: A Quick History & Best Practices Video

This video was created by LBGTQ+ Services as a 101 education for pronoun history, best practices, and how to use gender-neutral pronouns.

LBGTQ Employee Resource Group (ERG)

Open to all MIT faculty and staff, the LBGTQ ERG works to recruit and retain LBGTQ-identified employees. They provide LBGTQ-focused networking, educational, and social opportunities.

Gender Identity Initiative

Aims to identify and implement changes to MIT systems that will improve the inclusive representation of gender identities. This includes legal sex, gender identity, name, and pronouns.

MIT Health (LBGTQ+ specific)

Provides culturally competent transgender health services, transition care, mental health and counseling services, and LBGTQ+ support groups.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) office in HR

Advances staff diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and assists with reaching the goals of affirmative action by providing resources, raising awareness, piloting DEI tools, and more. Contact Gabriel Campos, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in HR:


External Resources

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC)

BARCC provides free, confidential support and services to survivors of sexual violence ages 12 and up and their families and friends.

  • 24/7 Hotline: 1-800-841-8371

Casa Myrna

Boston’s largest provider of domestic violence shelter and support services to survivors.

  • Massachusetts 24/7 toll-free domestic violence hotline: 877-785-2020 (Safelink)

Transition House

Transition House offers a wide range of housing resources, support services, and prevention tools around domestic violence. It also provides emergency, transitional, and support housing.

  • Phone: 617-661-7203

The Network/La Red

The Network/La Red is a survivor-led, social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, SM, polyamorous, and queer communities.

  • 4/7 Hotline: 800-832-1901 (toll-free)

The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)

The nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization.

  • 24-hour hotline: 800-656-HOPE (4673)
  • 24/7 online chat:

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Provides essential tools and support to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live their lives free of abuse.

  • Call the hotline at 1-800-799-7233
  • Or text START to 88788