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WPI's Values Statement

We are a community that stands for civility and respect. We stand for acceptance of others and champion those who may need compassion and understanding. We are an inclusive community that respects peaceful discord and upholds a fundamental belief that all members of our community deserve to feel safe. Our collective mix of thoughts and experiences enrich those fundamental values that have long guided our university. As we navigate through times of change, know that our values remain. 

We believe that a community-wide focus on sustainable inclusive excellence is not only imperative to fostering an inclusive learning and work environment, but also elevating the impact a culture of belonging can have on the greater STEM community. Listed below are our institutional definitions of diversity, equity, and inclusion that serve as one of the many foundations to this important work.

  • Diversity

    Individual differences (e.g., personality, learning styles, life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, physical or cognitive abilities, as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations) that can be engaged in the service of learning.

  • Equity

    Creating opportunities for equal access and success for historically underrepresented populations, such as racial and ethnic minority and low-income students, in three main areas:

    Representational Equity

     The proportional participation at all levels of an institution.

    Resource Equity

     The distribution of educational resources in order to close equity gaps.


     The demonstration of an awareness of and willingness to address equity issues among institutional leaders and staff.

  • Inclusion

    The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical). This engagement with diversity has the potential to increase one’s awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions.

Naudin Oswell, WPI's first black graduate, Class of 1930

The Odyssey of Naudin Oswell

Rame Hanna, director of Diversity & Inclusive Excellence at WPI, offers thoughts about Naudin Oswell ’30, WPI’s first black graduate. Oswell overcame racial discrimination to become a pioneering figure in public housing and in the investment banking community. “His legacy is one of trailblazing perseverance through racial segregation and relentless systemic and structural oppression,” says Hanna. Read more in this remarkable story.

A Seat at the Lab Bench

A Seat at the Table

Remember the first time you “saw yourself” in something? Whether it was in a piece of media, a career path, or even something as simple as a Wikipedia article, there’s a certain high that comes from representation and knowing you’re not alone in your identity or emotions—that someone gets it, gets you.

STEM Faculty Launch

STEM Faculty Launch Workshop

Finding a tenure-track position in a STEM field is tough, but if you’re not prepared, it’s even harder. And you still have to excel when you land your dream job. WPI runs an annual STEM Faculty Launch workshop for graduate students and postdoctoral students (women and underrepresented people of color are encouraged to apply) across the country who are seeking those roles. Our faculty expertise and nuts-and-bolts career advice for future academics helps brings diversity to academia.

Gilman Scholar Badge

WPI Recognized as Top Producing Institution of Gilman Scholars

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship supports undergraduate U.S. citizens of limited financial means to study abroad. WPI was named a Top Producing Institution for the 2016-17 academic year, earning additional recognition as a top producer of STEM students and scholarship winners. Meet the three scholarship winners.

Pronouns and Gender Inclusive Restrooms

For most individuals, the pronouns that others use when referring to them are not something they have to ever worry about or consider. As such, a dialogue around gender pronouns may not seem as imperative. However, talking about pronouns is a small way to normalize mindfulness of our assumptions and promote gender inclusion.

We have listed some suggested practices that we hope will help promote gender pronoun visibility and greater efforts towards creating a more inclusive and affirming WPI community. We have a Suggested Pronouns Pronouns Resource page with additional information and suggested practices to more mindfully practice inclusion. In addition, we have a Gender-Inclusive Bathrooms article and guide where you can learn more about gender-inclusive restrooms at WPI .


June 03, 2021
Diversity & Inclusion
April 07, 2021
Diversity & Inclusion, George C. Gordon Library, Sustainability
January 25, 2021
Office of the President
October 27, 2020
Diversity & Inclusion
September 29, 2020
Diversity & Inclusion
September 24, 2020
Community, Diversity & Inclusion, School of Arts & Sciences, Division of Talent & Inclusion