Category Archives: Student life

April 6, 2017

Grad Student Appreciation Week, Apr. 10-14

Why do we love our grad students?  No only are they some of the most talented and accomplished people we know, but they contribute to our community in so many ways, from student government to cultural organizations and as service volunteers. What’s not to love? To honor our amazing grad students, MIT is very pleased to celebrate Graduate and Professional Students Appreciation Week during April 10 – 14, 2017.

January 18, 2017

Tuesdays in the Chapel: Spring 2017

Every Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:50 a.m., the Chaplains at MIT invite all members of the MIT community into the Chapel for an interdenominational gathering to reflect, pray and meditate. The service, known as Tuesdays in the Chapel, features musical selections and guest speakers of all faiths. Each gathering is followed by coffee, donuts and conversation next door in W11. The theme for Spring 2017 is “How do I find balance and joy in the midst of change?” The spring schedule starts on February 14.

Spiritual but not religiously oriented, the gatherings feature different perspectives from the community and center around a broad theme. “Tuesdays in the Chapel offers people the opportunity — at the beginning of the day, early in the week — to reflect and pause,” says Robert Randolph, former Chaplain to the Institute, who has founded the weekly gathering in September 2009. “One of the things I’m aware of, having been here for a long time, is that MIT people do not pause very often, so this is an institutionalized way to do that.” Read more

January 9, 2017

Joint GSC-PDA Social, Jan. 11

Kick-off IAP with a joint social for grad students and post-docs! The event will be held on Wednesday, January 11 from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm at Twenty Chimneys (student center, 3rd floor). Come  Mingle with friends or meet new people! Free food, coffee, and tea will be provided. Invite your classmates, labmates, and officemates! The event is open to all MIT grad students and post-docs. Come anytime during the event period! For more information, contact gsc-coffeehour@mit.edu.

 

January 5, 2017

Hack your potential: using a growth mindset to succeed at MIT and beyond, Jan 10 -20

Many students arrive at MIT riding on years of academic success and praise from teachers, parents, and colleagues. But what happens when you encounter uncertainty and failure? Have you been in a challenging class where you worry about how others will perceive you if don’t sound “smart” enough? When you fail to achieve a specific goal, how do you manage and overcome discouragement and self-doubt? In this course, we will examine how our own notions of potential and ability can have a fundamental impact on how we approach our work, how much we learn, and how successful we can be in achieving our goals. The course will focus on recent, evidence-based insights regarding human performance, neuroplastictiy, motivation and on how deliberately cultivating a “growth-mindset” can improve our willingness and ability to face challenges and to innovate, despite the risk of failure. This course is limited to 20 students. Please send a brief description of who you are and why you would like to take this course to Lourdes Alemán at laleman@mit.edu. You will be notified via e-mail to confirm registration. Registration is open until 1/8. For more information click here.

January 4, 2017

ASL class for graduate students, Jan. 9 – Feb. 1

The ASL and Deaf Culture @ MIT is proud to announce that we will be offering a beginner’s ASL class during IAP. A series of 8 classes will be held on-campus (location TBD) on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, starting January 9, 2017. The list of dates are: Jan. 9, Jan. 11, Jan. 16, Jan. 18, Jan. 23, Jan. 25, Jan. 30, Feb. 1.

Enrollment is limited and we are requiring that ASL students pay $20 (once) to participate in the course. If this cost prevents you from being able to join the class, please get in touch with goretkin@mit.edu. This ASL class will be taught by a Deaf instructor who has taught ASL at MIT several times in the last few years. Please sign up here. This class is sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education.

December 29, 2016

GSC’s De-stress your Dissertation! January 9-13, 2017

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) and MIT Libraries have again collaborated to provide a quiet writing space to graduate students working on their dissertations. To help you de-stress the process, we’ve reserved space in Barker Library, and will provide breakfast, lunch, and coffee to students who register! The space will be available from 9:30-5:30, Monday January 9th through Friday January 13th. Sign up here and indicate some (or all) of the days you plan to attend. Another week-long session will be held in April before the next thesis deadline.There will be a quiet space for writing, with large shared tables to spread out, an area to relax and lounge, and an area where the food will be located. There will also be resources available, including help from the writing center and tips on dealing with anxiety and stress. Please contact gsc-arc@mit.edu with any questions!

December 28, 2016

Language Conversation Exchange IAP events

Meet a Native Speaker Lunch Series
When: Wednesdays (1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1)
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Location: 14N-417
Come to this weekly lunch to meet other language enthusiasts, students taking learning languages, and native speakers of languages you’d like to practice. All MIT community members welcome! Multicultural foods will be served at each lunch. This is a great way to find a language partner!

IAP “Intro To” Language Series
Dates: Mondays/Tuesdays (to be confirmed), 3-4pm
Location: MIT One Community Room 8-219
Learn about the intracacies of a new language during these sessions! Language presentations may include Italian, Hebrew, Russian, and French. Take a break from work, enjoy some snacks, and learn about a new language!

Starr Forum International Film Series
Dates: Friday Jan 13, Jan 20, Jan 27
When: 12:00pm – 2:30pm
Where: E15, 070 Bartos Theater
Showing of foreign films, sponsored by the Center for International Students and MIT Center for International Studies. The LCE is co-sponsoring these events. Films include: Amour (French), Caché (French), and White Ribbon (German)

December 27, 2016

Changes are coming to Hayden Library

This IAP, the Libraries will be making improvements to user spaces and ease of access to materials in Hayden Library. What’s changing? The Libraries will consolidate previously fragmented collections with the goal of providing better access and navigation. What’s not changing? No collections will be removed from Hayden; Course Reserves, the Information Desk, 24/7 Study Spaces, equipment and computing We will have regular updates on our progress on our website, as well as plenty of signage to ensure users can still get to all the materials they need. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns about these changes, please contact space-lib@mit.edu.

December 22, 2016

MIT Reads: Hidden figures

In February, MIT libraries is partnering with the Black Women’s Alliance to read Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly.

“Imagine the first scientists and engineers trying to send rockets—and eventually people—into space. With no electronic computers, they relied on an elite group of mathematicians capable of doing the most challenging calculations by hand, calculations that would launch men into space and forever expand our knowledge of the universe. Among these “human computers” were the black women whose genius for numbers made space exploration and travel possible. They’re finally introduced to America in Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. It’s no surprise that this story was adapted for film even before the book was finished. It’s the inspiring yet largely unknown true story of the African-American female mathematicians at NASA whose work that helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Ironically, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden were responsible for some of NASA’s greatest successes at a time when Jim Crow laws ensured NASA remained segregated.”

Community discussions will be held from February 2017 – details to follow. For more information on how to get the book, visit the MIT libraries website.

December 6, 2016

Come to Winterfest 2016 on Dec. 6

Rafael and Chris Reif invite members of the MIT community to Winterfest 2016. As the holiday season begins and fall classes near their end, please come celebrate Winterfest with cocoa, cider, and seasonal sweets on Tuesday, December 6 from noon to 1:30 pm at Morss Hall, Walker Memorial, Building 50.

December 5, 2016

ISO Holiday Open House Dec. 5 – 22

You are invited to join the ISO in E18-219 for the first three weeks in December for hot cider and treats! We hope you will find the ISO office a welcoming and relaxing space; come hang out for as long as you would like, as often as you wish! The open house will be at 10 am to 3 pm from Monday, December 5 to Thursday, December 22.

November 21, 2016

Open Forum on the Future of Libraries Preliminary Report, Nov. 22

Last month the Ad Hoc Task Force on the Future of Libraries released its preliminary report, which includes a set of 10 recommendations that outline a comprehensive vision for the Libraries in the coming decades. Just as collecting broad input from the MIT faculty, staff, and students was a key part of our initial process, we encourage feedback from the entire community on the vision laid out in the preliminary report. You are invited to attend an upcoming forum with members of the Task Force so you can share your thoughts. The forum will be on Tuesday, November 22, from 1 pm to 2:30 pm at 4-163. Register here (while registration is encouraged to ensure adequate room size, walk-in participation will be welcomed depending on space constraints.) If you are not able to attend, we still encourage you to share your feedback on the preliminary report by emailing the Task Force at future-lib@mit.edu or by joining the discussion on PubPub, a new publishing platform from the MIT Media Lab. Thank you, and we hope to see you on November 22.

November 21, 2016

Apply for iREFS by Nov. 27: Become a resource to support peers

iREFS is a low barrier, informal, confidential peer-support group for graduate students across the Institute. iREFS are available to their fellows to support, informally mentor, and mediate during times of uncertainty, stress or conflict. Applications for iREFS to join can be found here and are due by November 27th. Successful applicants will receive a free 40 hour training in conflict management. Get more information about the program.

November 18, 2016

The Office of Multicultural Programs: The Feast Nov. 22

The Office of Multicultural Programs is proud to announce that we will be holding our 4th Annual event, THE FEAST, on November 22, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM in Morss Hall (Walker Memorial). Join us as we celebrate the diverse backgrounds found in the MIT community over cultural food, performances by Sakata and Casino Rueda, and great raffle prizes. Feel free to stay for the entire time or drop in as you can!

November 14, 2016

FAQs about graduate student unionization

As you may have read, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), in a case involving Columbia University, has determined that students holding appointments as teaching and research assistants are eligible to organize under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  This reversed a long standing decision involving Brown University where the NLRB determined student assistants were not employees under the NLRA, but were students.  The NLRB in the Columbia case determined that student assistants could be both students and employees. As a result of this decision, we provide the following Frequently Asked Questions to provide answers to questions the community may have in light of this new decision.

November 11, 2016

Nominate for the MLK Leadership awards by Dec. 9

It is hard to think of a moment when our nation more urgently needed the example of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Even at the distance of decades, we can take inspiration from his character and his conduct – his dignity, integrity, selflessness and moral vision, and his relentless focus on what really matters, in the quest for a more just, peaceful and unified society. Let us pause, here in our own time and place, to contemplate the example of those members of our community who, in the spirit of Dr. King, lift us up and bring us together. Nominate those whose inspiration you find meaningful – students, faculty, staff or alumni, pursuing their work as individuals or as groups – to receive the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award. Please submit your nomination by December 9 here.  We will honor the winners as part of our annual MLK program, to be held on February 15, 2017.

November 8, 2016

Ski Trip Ticket Sales, Nov. 7 – Dec. 1

Join the Graduate Student Council on the annual GSC Ski Trip! We will go to Smugglers’ Notch Resort in Vermont from January 20-23, 2017. Smugglers’ Notch is a local favorite, with three mountains containing numerous trails suitable for all levels, from beginners to experts. A variety of activities will be available to participants, to ensure a fun trip for all! Mingle with your friends in a relaxing atmosphere and take in the beauty of Vermont’s winter scenery! Included in the trip are: 3 days of skiing or snowboarding, 3 days/nights of high-quality lodging, tubing, ice skating, MIT-exclusive Saturday night party with DJ, bar, and food, and more! Discounts on rentals, lessons, and other activities such as snowmobile tours and winter ziplining will also be available. More info can be found here. GSC Ski Trip is open to all MIT graduate students and post-docs. Each ticket buyer may also bring a guest, who does not have to be MIT-affiliated. All participants must be 21+. Tickets are $310 per person if driving or $370 per person if taking the provided bus. Sales open Nov. 7 for grad students and Nov. 14 for post-docs and close Dec. 1 for all. Tickets can be purchased via the website. Get hyped for a snowy winter and hope to see you on the slopes!

November 3, 2016

DSL Wellness Fair, Nov 4

On Friday, November 4th from 2 pm – 5 pm MHH (MindHandHeart) and DSL (Division of student life) are hosting the Wellness Fair in the Z-Center Lobby! This is a community event that focuses on stress awareness, stress management, and stress relief. Put it on your calendar and come check out all the resources available to you at MIT.

November 2, 2016

Language Conversation Exchange Mixer, Nov 3

Please join us for an evening of fun and language exchange next Thursday, November 3 at 6:30 pm in 68-180 (Koch building). This is a great time to meet other members in the MIT language learning community, learn more about their culture and language, and enjoy some tasty snacks! If you haven’t yet found a language partner, we are here to help! There are a number of ways to find a partner: send an email to our new mailing list: lce-find-partner@mit.edu, search the website at lce.scripts.mit.edu, or email lce-coordinator@mit.edu. We can help! Just let us know if you’re having trouble finding a partner!!! We are actively growing our community and new members are joining daily. Be persistent and flexible as you work to find a partner. As always, if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We look forward to seeing you next Thursday! Happy language learning, and see you soon.

October 31, 2016

Research Advising Survey Info Session, Nov. 1

You are invited to a special information session regarding the new end-of-semester assessments of research advising that academic departments will begin rolling out in a pilot program this year. Please join the GSC Officers and Michael McClellan (2015-2016 GSC President and main point-of-contact for the rollout of this program) at a special information session, on Tuesday November 1, 2016 at 5:30 PM in 32-124. In order to expand this initiative—which has broad support from students, faculty members, and MIT administration members—we would like to build interest in all departments of the Institute. Below is some background information on this initiative. Read more

October 25, 2016

MIT CONNECT: Free one-on-one Lunches

Are you interested in having lunch with fellow MIT students, faculty, staff and alumni this semester? MIT Connect is designed to create a more connected campus by arranging for friendly, informal, platonic lunches between individuals from all over campus, and all walks of life. We are providing $10 in Tech Cash towards selected lunches for participating students! Sign up and get more information here.

October 21, 2016

Making Feminist Fitna: A half day conference on Islamic Feminism, Oct. 22

Making Feminist Fitna is a half-day event bringing together local Muslim feminists and allies from academia, activist and art spaces to share, discuss and celebrate Islamic feminist thought. Come to W20 Lobdell (W20-208) on Saturday October 22nd from 12 pm to 5:30 pm for panels and breakout group. Open mic will be from 7 pm to 9 pm at W20 Mezz (W20-307).This event features Dr. Kecia Ali (Department of religion, BU), Saadia Yacoob (Department of religion, Williams college), Dr Zahra Ayubi (Department of religion, Dartmouth college), Dr Elora Chowdhury (WGS, Umass Boston), and Naila Baloch (Associate chaplin and Muslim advisor, Middlebury college). Lunch will be provided. Register today!

October 20, 2016

GWAMIT Leadership Conference “Lady Bosses: Women in Leadership and Entrepreneurship” Oct. 24-28

GWAMIT is proud to announce the dates for the 2016 Fall Leadership conference! Events will be held during the week of October 24th, and will be geared towards this year’s conference theme of “Lady Bosses: Women in Leadership and Entrepreneurship”. Events include:

  • Entrepreneurship Without Borders: A Keynote by Christine Souffrant Ntim
  • Movie Night: Makers, a double-feature
  • Succeeding in Male-Dominated Fields: A Panel
  • Taking Control of a Meeting
  • Negotiating Your First Job Offer
  • Designing the World Through Entrepreneurship: A Panel
  • MIT Student-Alumnae Mixer
  • Spitfire: Engineering + Entrepreneurship
  • Strictly Strength Training Class

There is an amazing lineup of speakers and events scheduled, and we hope to see you there! Keep yourself updated through the GWAMIT website. Please contact this year’s committee at leadership2016@mit.edu with questions.

October 17, 2016

Failures in Grad School: A Discussion with Prof. Robert Langer, Oct. 18

Feeling overwhelmed with classes or research? Are you terrified of failure? Join MindHandHeart and Dr. Robert Langer on October 18, 5:30 – 6:30 pm  at the Hulsizer Room, Ashdown House for the first discussion in our monthly lecture series on “Failures in Grad School”. RSVP for dinner with Professor Langer. 10 -15 Dinner attendees will be selected by lottery. This event will be photographed and/or filmed.

October 12, 2016

Nominate a speaker for the 2017 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony by Oct. 20

Are you inspired by an MIT Doctoral alum? MIT students currently pursuing a PhD or ScD are invited to nominate Doctoral alumni as guest speakers for the 2017 ceremony. The guest speaker not only inspires the Doctoral degree candidates, but demonstrates a professional path in the chosen realm, whether academe, public service, non-profit, or the private sector. Submission deadline for the current cycle of review is 11:59 pm on Thursday, October 20, 2016. See all criteria.

October 7, 2016

Free weekly MIT Belly-Dancing Classes on Sundays

Wanna learn to belly-dance like a pro? Looking for a fun workout? Well it doesn’t get any more fun than this! Shahd, the founder of MIT belly-dancing Club, started belly dancing at the age of 5, and has regularly performed in various festivals in France, Spain, Croatia, Portugal, Poland, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and the Czech Republic since then. Currently, Shahd is a graduate student here at MIT, performing in various events on or off-campus and teaching belly-dancing every Sunday, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the McCormick Dance Studio. Anyone is welcome to be a part of this amazing experience, no previous experience necessary and you don’t have to commit to the performances! Apply for this class here. Get more information on this class or contact shahdl@mit.edu if you have questions.

October 6, 2016

Therapy dogs at Hayden, Oct. 7 & Nov. 4

MIT Libraries continues Furry First Fridays, the popular therapy dogs program, for the fall term. On the first Fridays in October and November, 2-3:30 pm, you can stop by Hayden Library to spend some time with furry friends from Dog BONES:Therapy Dogs of Massachusetts. Dogs and their handlers will be outside the Hayden Library in the area near Killian Hall. No lines and no waiting! Furry First Fridays builds on the success of past therapy dog visits during final exams. These visits with dogs have been so widely appreciated that we wanted to make them available more frequently.We hope you will take a break from your studies to pet a dog and de-stress. All are welcome; no registration required. For those planning ahead: We expect dogs and their handlers will be also be available on Thursday, December 15, 2-3:30 pm, for the Cookies with Canines event during final exam week.

October 6, 2016

Apply for a Graduate Student Life Grant by Oct. 14

Do you have an idea for an event to improve graduate student community at MIT? Do you need funding to make this idea a reality? Apply for a Graduate Student Life Grant! Previous grants have funded dance workshops, video competitions,code lessons, social hours, and more. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to apply. Deadline for applications is midnight on October 14, 2016. For more information, please see our website or contact gslg@mit.edu.

October 4, 2016

Mental health & medical leave town hall tonight, 7pm

As graduate students may have heard, MIT Medical Director Cecilia Stuopis and Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart established a committee to consider our policies and processes regarding mental health hospitalization and involuntary medical leave for students because these are serious issues that warrant a comprehensive review by our community. The charge to the committee, which is being led by Professors Rebecca Saxe and Laura Schulz from the department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, is available here. Listen and lend your voice at a town hall tonight in Room 4-370 at 7 p.m.! Graduate students can discuss their experiences and any suggestions for change.

You can also contribute to this critical process in the following ways:

Enhancing our policies depends on as many graduate students as possible to engage with the committee in this important work.

September 28, 2016

Workshop on Fellowships, Sep. 30

Interested in applying to graduate fellowships? Attend the workshop on applying to fellowships on September 30th from 12 pm to 1:30 pm in building 68-181.This presentation will go over the reasons why fellowships are desirable, how to find them, the application process, tips on personal statements and research proposals, the types of resources available and generally be available to answer any questions students may have. The fall is a major deadline season for fellowships including the NSF GRFP. This presentation will be mainly geared towards those interested in applying in the fall and winter of 2016/17 for funding during the 2017-2018 academic year. It is never too early to think about this process! For those who will not be able to make this workshop, the same workshop will be running again on Monday, October 17th from 12 pm -1:30 pm in 68-181 (more information will go out closer to the workshop). Interested students RSVP here (Free pizza!). Read more

September 19, 2016

Roxane Gay talk and book signing, Sep. 20

Please join us on Tuesday, September 20 at 3 pm on the 6th floor of E14 for a talk and book signing with the incredible Roxane Gay. She is an author and cultural critic whose writing is unmatched and widely revered. Her work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism.  With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity.

Her collection of essays, Bad Feminist, is universally considered the quintessential exploration of modern feminism.  NPR named it one of the best books of the year and Salon declared the book “trailblazing.” Her powerful debut novel, An Untamed State, was long listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Her latest book, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, is a painstaking examination of body image.

Roxane is a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times, co-editor of PANK, and was the non-fiction editor at The Rumpus. Roxane fronts a small army of avid fans on social media and when she finds the time, she dominates the occasional Scrabble tournament. Part of the MAS Diversity Speaker Series, Sponsored by the MIT program in Media Arts & Sciences.

September 12, 2016

MIT Spouses & Partners Connect campus tour, Sep. 14

Reserve your place now for the MIT Spouses & Partners Connect Campus Tour on Wednesday September 14. Meet in front of the Inbound Kendall Square T-station at 1:30pm. This tour is designed for you:

  • Find offices and spaces such as the International Students Office, MIT Medical, MIT List Arts Center, Work Life Center, Fitness Center (Gym), and the Student Center.
  • Learn the pathways for strollers and find the right places for kids
  • Get to know other newcomers!

This tour is stroller friendly, so bring the kids along. Find more information and register for the tour. Newcomers can also sign up for our weekly updates.

September 1, 2016

Enroll in a dental plan by Sep. 15

Enrollment in the MIT Delta Dental PPO Value Plan is now open, and will continue through Thursday, September 15th. This plan is also known as the MIT Graduate Student Dental Plan. Delta Denal is the insurance provider and Crosby Benefit Systems (a division of WageWorks) is the enrollment administrator. The plan subscriber must be enrolled in a graduate program at MIT at the time of enrollment; re-enrollment each year is not automatic. The coverage period is 10/1/16 – 9/30/17. Read the full details on this plan and alternate coverage plans, and find the enrollment link on the dental information page. Photo by Hakan Dahlstrom.

August 29, 2016

2016 Orientation for new Families! Aug. 31 & Sep. 14

Newcomers can get to know all that MIT Spouses & Partners Connect has to offer through two upcoming Orientation programs: The  Learning Fair on Wed, Aug. 31 (from 1pm-3pm in W20-307) is an event to teach you about all MIT has to offer, from English classes to campus resources. The Campus Tour on Sep. 14 (from 1pm- 5pm starting in Kendall Square) will help connect your with other newcomers and show you an inside perspective on all the facilities and campus life. Find more information and REGISTER for the tour. Newcomers can sign up for our weekly updates.

August 24, 2016

Innovation Fund First Cycle

Volunteer on MindHandHeart Working Groups

Volunteer spots are open for 2016 on the MindHandHeart Working Groups, primarily for students—undergrad and grad. And we’d love to have you! In each Working Group, a coalition of students, faculty, and staff focus on a key area—Connectedness, Wellness, Life Skills, Academic Environment, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, or Increase Help-Seeking—in order to promote well-being and a healthy community here at MIT. If interested, please follow the link to the Volunteer Interest Form. Feel free to contact MindHandHeart staff with follow-up questions: mindhandheart@mit.edu.

August 23, 2016

Register for Community Wellness September classes!

Community Wellness is proud to offer a wide range of classes in a number of topic areas to help improve the quality of life for members of the MIT community. Our classes are offered in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere with knowledgeable instructors. Classes offered include: iDiet (more info and register here), Self Defense and Workout (more info and register here), Creating the Healthy Life you Want (more info and register here), Koru Mindfulness and meditation (more info and register here). Take advantage of these wonderful opportunities- register today!

August 22, 2016

Conflict Management Training, Apply by Sep. 2

Conflict Management@MIT offers a three-tiered conflict management training for all MIT affiliates.  Application deadline is Sep. 2 (apply here) and the class dates range from Sep. 13 to Nov. 22  (dates listed here).The training is tiered at 16-hour, 28-hour, and 40-hour levels, with each tier building on the previous session. The tiers are as follows:

Tier 1: Conflict Management for Self-Reflection (16 hours) Tier 1 consists of 16 hours of conflict management training for those interested in learning more about their own orientation towards and engagement with conflict.
Tier 2:
Conflict Management for Coaching (12 additional hours; 28 hours total) is an additional 12 hours of in-class time for participants who are in the role of supporting others through one-on-one interactions.
Tier 3: Conflict Management for Advanced Practice (12 additional hours; 40 hours total) adds an additional 12 hours of formal mediation instruction and practice. Find more information on dates and apply.

August 22, 2016

MIT Reads: Join the entire community for reading and discussion

This fall, the MIT Libraries is launching MIT Reads, an Institute-wide program that aims to build community and foster understanding through a series of shared reading and discussion events. This new initiative invites the entire MIT community — students, faculty, staff, and affiliates — to read selected titles and join open discussions.

For the 2016-17 academic year, MIT Reads will explore the theme of diversity and inclusion. Staff from the Libraries will partner with cultural and identity-based groups on campus throughout the year to select the reading and plan discussion events. A grant from MIT’s Committee on Race and Diversity is supporting the program. Read more at MIT News.

August 12, 2016

Indian Independence Celebration Aug. 13

On Sat. August 13 at 11:00am join us for Flag hoisting in front of the Student Center and after enjoy a dance performance by the talented MIT Bhangra Club. Then come feast on North and South Indian food in La Sala (W20 second floor)! For questions please contact sangam-exec@mit.edu. Photo courtesy of Meena Kadri

August 1, 2016

GSC Six Flags Trip Aug. 20

On Sat., August 20, from 9:30am-6pm join the GSC at Six Flags New England (Agawam). For the trip you can buy tickets at a group discount rate of $37!
There will be a bus (45 spots), but you can also arrange your own transportation
Ticket sales open Aug. 1  until Aug. 6 on adMIT (http://mit.universitytickets.com)
The tickets are limited to 2 tickets per person, and make sure to select the right bus or no-bus option. It’s almost the end of summer- enjoy every minute of it! Any questions please contact: gsc-ac@mit.edu Photo courtesy of Jeremy Thompson.

June 13, 2016

ODGE stands with the LGBTQ community

As members of the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education, we would like to magnify the words of President Reif (below). We will stand together at the vigil on Tuesday, June 14 at 5PM.
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To the members of the MIT community,

On Saturday, more than 80 members of our community marched in the Boston Pride parade, openly celebrating the rights of those who identify as LGBTQ to be fully themselves in the world.

Hours later, in Orlando, Florida, 49 people from the LGBTQ community, many of them Latino and people of color, people who were also celebrating the fullness of their identities, lost their lives to violence and hate.

The shocking contrast reminds us to treasure the openness we strive for in our own community and to cherish every individual, as we reject the impulse to answer hate with hate. Read more

May 17, 2016

Bicycle Awareness Day‏, May 18th

Join us for Bicycle Awareness Day on Wednesday May 18th, 11am-2:30pm outside the Stratton Student Center Plaza! Get a free minor bike repair from Cambridge Bicycle when you register your bike with MIT Parking and Transportation Office. Come enjoy refreshments and a DJ! Plus leg band and bicycle light giveaways! If you sign up of MassCommute Bicycle Challenge and bring proof of participation, you get a free t-shirt!

May 13, 2016

Ice cream social, May 15th

Do you have finals? Have you felt the pressure? Come and relax before it starts! This Sunday, we will have Tocanini ice-cream! Join us in Sidney Pacific lobby on May 15th from 6-8pm to celebrate the end of the term! Contact sp-social-chair@mit.edu with any questions. Photo courtesy of Pamela Graham

May 13, 2016

Animal Adventures Show, May 14th

Come for an exciting animal show by Animal Adventures in the Little Kresge Auditorium on May 14th at 11:30 am! The experienced animal handlers will come teach us a little bit about each of the animals! Expect to have tons of fun! Contact westgate-pres@mit.edu with any questions.Photo courtesy of Wendell

May 10, 2016

Active Minds @ MIT’s 4th Annual “Speak Your Mind”, May 11

Join us for dinner on May 11th from 5-7PM in the Student Center, Mezzanine Lounge (W20-407) as we wrap up the year and discuss mental health at MIT. We will have student speakers, who will talk about their own experiences with mental health. Keynote delivered by Professor Daniel Jackson, who founded the Portraits of Resilence in the Tech. RSVP! Contact jsmcp@mit.edu with any questions.Photo courtesy of Wendell

May 9, 2016

MIT Puppy Lab, May 10, 11, 17 & 18

Come meet the newest official therapy dogs of MIT in Lobby 10 Community Lounge on May 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th (3-5pm)! Enjoy a snack, grab a spot on the green couches, make some new friends, and stay as long as you like! Check out which pups will be there at mitpuppylab.tumblr.com or find us on Facebook and Instagram. Contact puppylab@mit.edu with any questions. Photo courtesy of Will Marlow

April 11, 2016

Growth Mindset at MIT, Apr. 13

As part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, join us for a session on Growth Mindset at MIT on Wednesday, April 13, from 2-3pm in the student center, W20, Private Dining Rooms 1 and 2. Many students arrive at MIT riding on years of academic success and praise from teachers, parents, and colleagues. But what happens when you encounter uncertainty and failure? Have you encountered challenging situations when you worry about how others will perceive you if don’t sound smart enough? When you fail to achieve a specific goal, how do you manage and overcome discouragement and self-doubt? In this short talk, we will examine how our own notions of potential and ability can have a fundamental impact on how we approach our work, how much we learn, and how successful we can be in achieving our goals. The talk will focus on recent, evidence-based insights regarding human performance, neuroplastictiy, motivation and on how deliberately cultivating a “growth-mindset” can improve our willingness and ability to face challenges and to innovate, despite the risk of failure. Read more

April 8, 2016

Faculty on Resilience: Cathy Drennan‏, Apr. 14

As part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, join us on Thursday, April 14  at 2-3pm in 32-155 to hear from Professor  Drennan about the parts of her career path that don’t make it on to her biographical sketch. Based on official biographies, it is easy to assume that success requires professional perfection at every career step. The truth is that success often derives from the learned ability to bounce back from failure and set-backs.  Professor Drennan’s official Bio is below, but come hear about the details that are missing. Warning: Content may contain learning disabilities, stereotype threat, and hogs. Faculty talk will be followed by Q and A, and light refreshments.

Catherine Drennan is a professor of Biology and Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a professor and investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She is the only individual to be both an HHMI professor and an HHMI investigator. Drennan received an A.B. in chemistry from Vassar College and a Ph.D. in biological chemistry from the University of Michigan, working in the laboratory of the late Professor Martha L. Ludwig. She was also a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Douglas C. Rees at the California Institute of Technology. In 1999, Drennan joined the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she has risen through the ranks to full Professor. Her research interests lie at the interface of chemistry and biology, combining X-ray crystallography with other biophysical methods in order to “visualize” molecular processes by obtaining snapshots of metalloproteins in action.

April 8, 2016

Planting Seeds with the Chancellor, Apr. 11

Need a quick pick-me-up? As part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, join Chancellor Cindy Barnhart on Monday, April 11  at 5:15-6:16pm in Lobby 10. Plant some spring flowers to take with you to warm your lab or home! Stop in for 5 minutes or stay and chat for a bit. Feel free to bring a friend or family members.

April 6, 2016

Faculty on Resilience: John Belcher‏, Apr. 12

As part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, join us on Tuesday, April 12, 2-3pm in 32-155 to hear from Professor Belcher about his path from the West Texas oil fields to a spacecraft going to the stars, and how going to the stars is a breeze compared to reforming freshmen physics. He has been clinically depressed and has been on anti-depressants for 27 years, and he will reflect on that experience. Faculty talk will be followed by Q and A, and light refreshments.

Born in Louisiana and raised in Texas, John Belcher was the Principal Investigator on the Voyager Plasma Science Experiment during the Voyager Neptune Encounter (“the end of the Grand Tour”), and is now a Co-Investigator on the Plasma Science Experiment onboard the Voyager Interstellar Mission. Professor Belcher has also been involved in the teaching of freshmen physics at MIT, and was awarded the 2016 Oersted Medal of the American Association of Physics Teachers for that effort.