To promote multidisciplinary research collaborations, the institute hosts monthly research group meetings organized around diversity and equity in the context of:
At these meetings, Five College faculty from a variety of disciplines, departments, and colleges, present their research, seek feedback, and look for new collaborators. More than 100 faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students currently participate in one or more of the institute's research groups.
This stimulating exchange of ideas launched several new collaborations over the course of 2017–18. Some of these new teams were awarded seed grants from the Institute of Diversity Sciences to pursue pilot projects that can be leveraged in the future to seek larger external research grants on diversity.