Diversity, Inclusion & Access at AMS


Fostering respect, welcoming diversity and supporting inclusion is a principal focus of the AMS department. We believe that cultivating creativity for scientific advancement and future success relies on educational and contemporary visions involving a diverse and inclusive community.



Involvement is when change happens. Multiple opportunities exist to become informed and improve diversity, inclusion and access in the AMS department. Please join!


October 25th from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM in CH143

DI&A Ambassador Office Hours

Join DI&A student representatives during scheduled office hours.

Fall 2023 Office Hours:



We want our stakeholders, students, alumni, and peers to see us as leaders in DI&A.  To do so, we will:

  • Have a fair and equitable allocation of service and resources.
  • Ensure we have organized open forms for discussions that address issues in DI&A such as book clubs and/or movie clubs.
  • Promote training surrounding DI&A issues.
  • Ensure our instructors are implementing inclusive classroom best practices.
  • Ensure we are consistently evaluating our progress and setting new goals.
  • Ensure we are promoting a shared responsibility among our department members.

AMS diverse community

The AMS community is a diverse community with students and faculty from 18 different countries on 5 different continents.


AMS Book Club for Fall 2023:



The Alignment Problem: Machine Learning and Human Values” (2020). Brian Christian

The problem of aligning artificial intelligence to human values grows increasingly important as AI systems become both more prevalent and more powerful. Even today, there are significant concerns about the racial, gender, and other biases of existing systems being used for surveillance, prison sentencing, healthcare decisions, and more. Furthermore, there are serious concerns about the possible catastrophic consequences of more powerful systems. Our reading group of “The Alignment Problem” by Brian Christian hopes to bring this problem to the attention of more researchers, and provide a background on the history of the field. Although experience in mathematics, machine learning, neuroscience, psychology, or social sciences is helpful, this book is highly accessible to any interested reader. For more information about this group, or if you have an interest in joining a research group on the more technical aspects of the problem, please contact mivanits@mines.edu.

“We need to help students and parents cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens this community–and this nation.”
          –Cesar Chavez