Category Archives: Beyond MIT

Walk to Fight Suicide – Consider Attending

Locally, there will be a Walk to Fight Suicide happening in Brighton.  This is part of a larger, national event, and may be a good opportunity to get away from MIT and support a very worthy cause.  Info below.  As always, if you need support or help at anytime, be sure to reach out to the various support services that exist at MIT.

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People over PSets: Multicultural Conference 2015 is coming soon!

Lots of news stories and stories of humanity have broken in our community, across our region, our nation, and across the globe these past few months.  Whether it was the attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris and the subsequent discussions of free speech and freedom of the press, or the work of MIT students, staff, and faculty to bring to campus discussions about the #blacklivesmatter movement, and how to transform that power into last change.

There are things we need to talk about, conversations we need to have, and topics we need to learn more about.

Unlike Ron Swanson, we actually want to talk to you about this issues.

MIT’s Student Activities Office and Office of Multicultural Programs hosts an annual Multicultural Conference (MC^2) which delves deep into the issues affecting our community and our globe, and we want you to join us this year!

Taking place at the Endicott House from Friday, Feb. 5th after class to the evening of Saturday, Feb. 6th, this conference will feature discussions around the topic of “People over Psets: Tools for Building Community,” and is a must-attend opportunity!

Grab a coffee, let’s chat.

Find more info at http://studentlife.mit.edu/omp/mc2 and register soon, spaces are going fast!!!

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Happy Holidays and Safe Travels from the SAO!

Another semester closes, and as folks head home, head to IAP internships or abroad trips, or hang out and just relax on the couch, we hope everyone has a very happy, relaxing, and enjoyable holiday break!

Hopefully your flights are smoother than this one:

And if you are going traveling by moped… please bundle up:

Make sure you get your car checked out before getting on the road:

and if you are traveling by spaceship, make sure you come to a slow, safe, controlled stop if you have gone Plaid:

But seriously, relax a bit ya’ll.

Get some extra sleep while you can.

Catch up with and hang out with friends and family…

…except for Aunt Annabeth… she’s definitely not your favorite aunt.

Enjoy your break and we’ll see you over IAP or in February!

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LeaderShape at MIT: An IAP Must!

The time has come again to get yourself ready for the experience that is LeaderShape!

An international organization with opportunities and programs on college campuses everywhere, LeaderShape takes the discussion around leadership beyond whether you are President or Secretary, beyond “Do we have the budget to order Pad Thai for 200 people?,” beyond any awards ceremony.  LeaderShape is an experience that will help you discover, put into words, hone, plan for, and get absolutely pumped for your own personal vision of leadership and the positive change you want to bring to the world!

DON’T BE THIS CHILD! Take change into your own hands and create your own vision for leadership that may change the world!

LeaderShape is an intensive 6-day leadership development and community-building program over IAP each year.  Join MIT faculty and staff and 70 of your fellow undergraduates for this incredible experience!

Applications are now open at web.mit.edu/leadershape – so, go, click on the link now and apply… now!

The SAO does not recommend typing DWIGHT in repeatedly on your application to LeaderShape. That isn’t very leader-y.

LeaderShape will be held January 16th-21st, 2015, over IAP and transportation to the retreat location is provided from campus!

The Application Deadline is November 7th, which is like soon, so… like… get on it.  Again, apply here: web.mit.edu/leadershape

Info sessions to prepare attendees will be held on November 17th and Dec 3rd, but more info provided on those to folks who apply by November 7th!

 

We hope to see you at LeaderShape!

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Last Minute Announcement: A Community Gathering

Earlier this week, Institute Community and Equity Officer Edmund Bertschinger emailed our community about the opportunity to discuss, reflect, and learn together about the events unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri. The events happening in Missouri influence what happens on our own campus and around the nation, and we appreciate the chance to talk and come to understand this situation better amongst our community.

If you are around today, and have some time, we highly encourage you to stop by and take part, however is most comfortable for you, in this gathering. Information is below.

ICEO Community Gathering
Date: Friday, August 22, 2014
Time: Noon – 3 pm
Location: MIT Bush Room, 10-105

Noon – 12:30 pm
Refreshments/water provided or bring your own lunch

12:30 pm – 12:45 pm
Welcome – Ed Bertschinger, Institute Community and Equity Officer
Words of inspiration – Robert Randolph, MIT Chaplain

12:45 pm – 1:15 pm
Viewing of selected videos
Affinity groups announcements

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Guest Speaker – Malia Lazu, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Future Boston Alliance
MIT Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) Mel King Community Fellow, Class of 2011

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm
Facilitated conversations

As we start our new academic year together, it is our hope that we are able to do so in solidarity as a community committed to peace.

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Class Connections Event for Class of 2014 & 2015 Tomorrow Night!

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Tomorrow night, Wednesday 2/26, marks the next event in the ongoing MIT Class Connections program, featuring an opportunity for the Class of 2014 and 2015 to engage with and hear from successful alumni from their respective 25th and 50th reunion classes.  The event will start at 7pm in the West Lounge, which is on the 2nd floor of W20.

This event will focus on 4 alumni who will share what lessons they took from their time at MIT and how that influenced their work afterwards as well as giving them an opportunity to share key advice with current students.

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The Alumni that will join us are:

David Saul ’64, Senior Vice President, State Street
Jee Chung ’89, Head, Enterprise Systems, GMO

Stephen Deutsch ’65, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP
Crystal Dixon ’90, Director of Administration, Parkside Christian Academy

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Light refreshments will be available at the event.

 

Please register ahead of time and please do so as soon as possible here!

The Student Activities Office and MIT Alumni Association look forward to seeing you tomorrow night!

 

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Nominate an Inspirational Teacher!

Each year, the Public Service Center, in association with Lemelson-MIT and the MIT Alumni Association, sponsor the Inspirational Teacher Award!  This award recognizes high school teachers that have had a profound effect on your path as a student, and may have been influential in your ending up here at MIT.

Take some time to nominate a high school teacher who inspired you!

Exceptional students often have an exceptional leader or teacher who helped to guide them towards an awesome achievement like being accepted to MIT.  So, please take some time out of your busy finals schedule to nominate a teacher who was your favorite from high school so that we can thank them for helping to get you here!

Don’t just reward your favorite high school teacher with an apple – reward them with a nomination for MIT’s Inspirational Teacher Award.

Check out web.mit.edu/inspire for more info!

 

–Joel P.

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