Resource Spotlight: Work-Life Center


December 19, 2013

The challenges of raising and caring for a family while pursuing a graduate degree at MIT can be formidable and complex. Fortunately, the Work-Life Center is available to members the MIT community, offering an array of tools and solutions to insure the health and stability of students, faculty, and staff and their families.

Their services range from one-on-one consultation to address issues like work-life balance, childcare, parenting, stress, and more to administering on-campus childcare centers and the new backup childcare pilot program for students, which is co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education. The center houses a lending library of more than 1,000 books about a variety of work-life topics. They can also provide referrals to other support facilities both on and off campus.

“The Work-Life Center is an incredible resource for graduate students,” says CSAIL PhD candidate Marzyeh Ghassemi. “When I first came to MIT, I needed help finding childcare options. Before I arrived, I used the 24/7 Help Line to get a list of area options and, once at MIT, I was impressed by the amount of effort that they put into speaking with me directly and helping me understand those options.”

Visit the Work-Life Center’s website for a complete list of the services they offer, to schedule a consultation, and more. Members of the MIT community can also call 877-847-4523 or email mit@workplaceoptions.com 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to speak to a consultant able to answer a wide range of work-life questions.

“I think the hallmark of a great University is its ability to support students as they excel academically,” Ghassemi concludes, “and the Work-Life Center and the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education are huge supporters of that goal.”

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