Carnegie Mellon University

Diversity and Inclusion

We believe a diverse campus community is essential to enriching intellectual exchanges and enhancing cultural understanding. Likewise, it is important that the diversity of our community reflects our regional, national, and global constituencies. We are committed to creating an environment where all faculty and staff feel welcome, supported, and appreciated for their individuality.

Here are a few examples of diversity and inclusion programs and resources we offer at Carnegie Mellon.

We rely on our Statement of Assurance and our Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA Policy to inform our commitment to maintaining and supporting a diverse campus community. Each year, the university develops an affirmative action plan detailing our goals and progress to date. University leaders share the responsibility for implementation, and we continuously monitor our progress to ensure that the university's non-discriminatory policy is followed.

Learn more about Diversity & Inclusion at Carnegie Mellon.

Equal Opportunity Services at Carnegie Mellon University has a continued mission to provide physical and programmatic campus access to all events and information within the Carnegie Mellon community.  We can assist employees seeking university accommodations for disabilities. EOS will also answer your questions regarding reasonable accommodations that may be provided in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act.

Learn more about our Disability Resources for Faculty and Staff.


SafeZone is a network of allies (faculty, staff and students) committed to providing a safe and affirming environment for all at Carnegie Mellon, including those in the LGBTQ+ community.

The goals of the program are to:

  • identify members of the Carnegie Mellon community who have pledged to provide a safe and supportive contact for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) students, faculty and staff
  • provide educational opportunities that prepare students, faculty and staff to serve as resources for the campus community
  • provide a visual statement of support and safety for the LGBTQ+ community

All members of the campus community—students, faculty, and staff of all gender and sexual identities—are invited to join the network. By displaying a SafeZone sign in their work or living space, members of the SafeZone network actively show their support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people.

Learn more about LGBTQ+ Resources.

Domestic Partner Benefits

Carnegie Mellon extends benefits to same- and opposite-sex partners of employees who meet certain eligibility criteria.

Learn more about our domestic partner benefits.

Carnegie Mellon recognizes and celebrates the diversity within our campus community. Faculty and Staff have the opportunity to partner with the many student organizations that promote multicultural awareness and understanding.

Dialogue and Discussion

Dialogue and discussion concerning issues of multiculturalism and diversity are essential components to developing a global and critical conscience. We offer a number of opportunities for Carnegie Mellon community members to discuss issues of diversity in a safe and comfortable setting. Some of these opportunities include Speak Your Mind: Diversity Discussion and Dinner, the Multicultural Book Club, and a Multicultural Resource Lending Library. It is only through conversation that we can become fluent in diversity and engage effectively in the global community.

Learn more about opportunities to engage in Dialogue and Discussion.

Diversity Training and Resources

Carnegie Mellon faculty and staff members are encouraged to take advantage of the many awareness and training resources available to the CMU community.

Explore Diversity Training and Resources.

Military veterans are vital members of the Carnegie Mellon community. We offer a number of benefits to active-duty and veteran employees, including:

  • Military Leave
  • Military Family Leave
  • Support for Disabled Veterans
  • Resources for Active-Duty and Veterans through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Carnegie Mellon has also been recognized as a Military Friendly® Top Ten School.

Learn more about our Veterans & Military Community.

Barbara Smith Women's Mentoring Program

The Barbara Smith Women's Mentoring Program seeks to channel our diverse resources to promote the professional and personal goals of Carnegie Mellon women. Mentor relationships center on professional interests and aspirations, including career advancement, educational opportunities and job related issues. The program is named in honor of Barbara B. Smith, Chief Human Resources Officer at Carnegie Mellon for 22 years before retiring in 2011.

Learn more about the Barbara Smith Women's Mentoring Program.

Carnegie Mellon Women's Association

Founded in 1921, the Carnegie Mellon Women's Association seeks to give women of the Carnegie Mellon community the opportunity to meet and interact with other women across the campus. Membership is open to all women faculty and staff, spouses/partners of faculty and staff, and friends.

Learn more about the Carnegie Mellon Women's Association.