At a place like Caltech, where so much of our collective identity revolves around the research we complete, it's easy to forget: Our individuality makes this place special.
Your culture, gender, race, religion, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation are all among the factors that make you, you—and us, us. When we bring those perspectives and experiences together, Caltech becomes stronger. And so do you, as a person, a colleague, and a soon-to-be professional.
Where we're at
We're proud of our efforts to build an inclusive, representative community. The numbers above are a snapshot we've made of our progress transforming the face of Caltech. You can see other statistics here.
The lesson is clear: For there to be real change, the Institute as a whole must move forward with intention, and create a future that builds on the solid foundation of our collective efforts.
Freshman Summer Research Institute: Caltech challenges every student. It can be an even steeper hill to climb for students from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds who may be the first in their families to attend college. This five-week program provides a no-stress introduction to Caltech and helps students understand the resources available to them.
Diversity Outreach Fund: The path to STEM—let alone Caltech—begins way before the college hunt. Through this effort, we're working to increase awareness and understanding of science and engineering at area pre-K, elementary, middle and high schools.
Every Techer shares a love of STEM. But it takes more than that to feel like campus is also home. These resources provide guidance and support, as well as the simple comfort of meeting somebody like you.
The Caltech Y: For more than a century, this student-led service organization has encouraged the social, ethical, and cultural growth of our student community.
Caltech Accessibility Services for Students: Students with disabilities shouldn't be students at a disadvantage. This office makes every reasonable effort to provide academic adjustments and accommodations to students with known disabilities.
Religious Life: On-campus groups and several nearby houses of worship can support your spiritual growth.
Women Mentoring Women: Provide support for Caltech undergraduate, graduate, and postdoc women as they negotiate their academic, professional, and personal development.
I research Black expressive cultures in the U.S. and elsewhere in the Black diaspora. I am thrilled to teach students who care so deeply about social justice, diversity, and inclusion.
Assistant Professor of English and Black Studies
Caltech students aren't waiting for change to happen. They're making it themselves. Student groups play a vital role in building a more inclusive community on campus. Organizations such as Black Scientists & Engineers of Caltech (BSEC), Indigenous People in STEM, and the Caltech Latino Association of Students in Engineering and Sciences (CLASES) are among dozens of campus diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives.