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Time to Nominate!

While the Oscars may have ended Hollywood’s award season, MIT’s is just starting to ramp up and it’s time to start nominating individuals and student groups for awards!  Two Awards Banquet in particular include the Multicultural Awards Banquet and the Student Leader Awards.

The Student Leader Awards honors select student leaders and student groups for their outstanding contributions to the MIT community. These awards are intended to recognize and honor their accomplishments and hard work while paying tribute to their efforts in developing community and student life at MIT. Nominations for awards at due by 5pm on Friday, April 18, 2014.

The Multicultural Awards Banquet  recognizes the efforts of students, faculty, and staff who create programs and events that promote diversity, inclusion and community at MIT.


The Multicultural Awards Banquet will take place Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Walker Memorial

The Student Leader Awards will take place Friday, May 16, 2014 at Walker Memorial at 12pm

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MIT LEADership Week

“The most dangerous leadership myth is at leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.”

– Warren Bennis

If leaders are made, then a critical component of leadership is both the learning as well as the practice of leadership.  This week the MIT LEAD program is sponsoring MIT LEADership Week.  The week is designed to offer all MIT students an opportunity to learn more about how leadership matters in a different areas of MIT student life.  From learning about leadership styles, to making the connections of leadership and service, to figuring out how to balance your leadership experiences in a way that keeps you healthy and happy, this week is about helping students understand that leadership isn’t “one size fits all” and everyone has the potential to be a great leader as long as we work at it.

We hope that you will attend of the sessions taking place this week!

  • September 16 6:30pm – So you want to be a Student Leader? (Maseeh Hall) 
  • September 17 12:00 pm- Leading Through Service (W20 PDR1&2)
  • September 18 5:00 pm – Health and Wellness management as a Leader (Z-Center Media Lab)
  • September 19 6:30 pm – Desserts and Dialogue: Women in Leadership (Margaret Cheney Room 3-310)

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Cheers to Charm School


“Charm is the ability to make someone else think that both of you are pretty wonderful”

                                                            -Kathleen Windsor

In 1993 Professor of Literature Travis Merritt started a program where he would hand out violations to students in Lobby 10 over IAP.  Students with violations could show up to a program called Charm School and take part in mini-sessions on everything relative to fashion and social graces.  20 years later the Charm School program lives on and took place on February 1, 2013 in the Student Center.  Over 25 workshops were offered and more than 80 students participated in the day.  Today Charm School sessions cover the topics of professional development, fashion, and leadership to name a few.  MIT staff get excited to put together their sessions but also to interact with undergraduate and graduate students in a different way.  It is always fulfilling to see how excited students get about the sessions and I am sure if Dr. Merritt were alive to day it would warm his heart to see this great MIT tradition continuing.

Here’s to another 20 years of Charm School at MIT!


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