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Fall 2020 - Round 13

Stay-at-Home Scavenger Hunt
The Office of Multicultural Programs (OMP) is working with departments across MIT to organize a scavenger hunt for MIT students to stay connected with online resources. (For more info:

MIT Reads: Anthony Jack Author Event
A virtual event for the MIT community and the general public with Anthony Jack, author of "The Privileged Poor." (For more info:

Camp Kesem Giving Tuesday
An activity to build community among the Camp Kesem counselors by engaging in activities that thank and recognize MIT staff members, including MIT Medical staff. (For more info:

Visualizing Daily Rituals: A One-use Camera Project
Visualizing Daily Rituals at MIT List will help participants overcome physical distance with another offline project that encourages members of the MIT community to be aware of their daily rituals and immediate surroundings by documenting them in pictures. (For more info:

MIT Bhangra- Engaging our Community Through Upbeat Dance
Virtual Bhangra choreography sessions for members of the MIT community to promote healthy living through dance. (For more info:

Helping the MIT Community Understand How to Turn Mindfulness Practices into Habits
A 12-week remote study with MIT community members to answer the question, "why is it so challenging to turn a new healthy behavior into a habit?" (For more info:

The conference will bring 11 speakers from MIT to share perspectives on "Bridging the Distance." They will discuss how to create community and build connections during the pandemic. (For more info:

AntiRacism Warriors
An initiative to provide residential undergraduate students training in order to serve as an in-house resource to their peers on racial injustice. (For more info:

Couples at Home
Programming from MIT Spouses & Partners Connect aimed at helping couples bridge the gap between their MIT experiences and help widen their social connections in the MIT community. (For more info:

Valentine's Day Cards
Cute math/science-themed Valentine'spostcards as a special surprise for undergraduates returning to campus, to help Q-week feel less lonely. Programming from MIT Spouses & Partners Connect aimed at helping couples bridge the gap between their MIT experiences and help widen their social connections in the MIT community. (For more info:

UA MIT Covid Hackathon
MIT's first hackathon where students ideated solutions to some of the biggest challenges in the Fall, from remote learning challenges to socialization in the COVID era, all the while collaborating with staff, faculty, and administration to strive for implementation in the Spring. (For more info:

Summer 2020 - Round 12

Tackling Health Inequities using Science and Engineering
A series of seminars spanning the fall and IAP to engage the MIT community with HMS to create technology-oriented solutions to address health care disparities. (For more info:

Let's Get to Know... Celebrating Diversity at MIT 
A Podcast series to get to know others’ cultures better and broaden our perspective; to promote diversity and inclusion in our community. (For more info:

Engineering in Medicine and Biology Student Conference 2021: Diversity of Perspective and People
A virtual conference that focuses on (1) the broader social impacts of cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and (2) the culture of research with respect to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI), mental health, scientific communication, mentoring/advising. (For more info:

Fire Lounge
Fire Lounge, sponsored by the MindandHeart Innovation Fund is designed to support the emotional health of students who identify as Black/Brown, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC) by offering an affirming weekly space (7-weeks) which includes a brief yoga practice, guided meditation, reflection on the impact of social injustice, and discussion regarding coping skills. It is the hope that Fire Lounge enhances connection, communion and resilience.  Fire Lounge is at no cost and includes free yoga supplies for any BIPOC MIT student regardless of shape or size.  No prior experience with yoga is needed.  Fire Lounge is about enhancing one’s spirit and strength, and is in collaboration with Down Under School of Yoga.  Fire Lounge will be offered virtually during IAP and Spring Semester.

Distilled Wisdom: Practices for Prospering in the Pandemic
Monthly sessions will feature two seasoned practitioners and leading voices from different religious, spiritual and ethical traditions who will jointly focus on a single aspect of well-being—and each share a widely accessible practice that bolsters that quality. (For more info:

MIT Free English Classes - Care Packages
Care packages will be sent to the MIT community members and their families participating in the free English classes offered by the Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life. (For more info:

FAIL! - Inspiring Resilience - the Virtual Engagement
FAIL! is an initiative by MIT students and post-docs to de-stigmatize failures in academia. In times of public health crises and geopolitical uncertainties, a virtual FAIL! programming tailors to the exact need of the community members to stay resilient. (For more info:

MIT For Social Good: Public Service at MIT
The project aims to give MIT's many stakeholders a centralized place (e.g. site) to go to find all social impact-related opportunities, increasing engagement and collaboration in the MIT environment of social impact. (For more info:

The Great Escape
Students will be put in teams to explore and connect with each other during The Escape Game. The project aims at promoting teamwork and problem solving skills. (For more info:

MIT Forum for Equity
An event series produced by the MIT Alumni Association aiming to convene MIT community members to learn about and/or address systemic racism, inequity, and challenges around inclusion affecting the world today. (For more info:

MIT Crafterday Corner
A series of once a month crafting over Zoom with the MIT community on the first Monday of the month. (For more info:

Terranium Making Wellness Event
A socially distance series of terrarium making event for graduate students in the School of Architecture and Planning to promote community, mental health, and wellness. (For more info:

MIT Flash Fiction Contest
A series of monthly contests run throughout the MIT community, encouraging community members to share stories based on monthly themes.(For more info:

Happy Club Fall 2020
The club has many fun events planned to spread smiles virtually to MIT students this fall! In order to fulfill our mission of bringing simple happiness to the MIT community, we would greatly appreciate funding for movie nights, care packages, origami parties, and more. (For more info:

Busy Beavers
The project aims to maintain some semblance of the MIT community throughout the pandemic, through the Discord server. (For more info:

Mindful DAPER
The project will pilot and evaluate the utility, engagement with, and impact of the evidence-based meditation app, Headspace, on wellbeing and perceived stress. (For more info:

The project will connect Ph.D. students (big sibs) with undergraduates (little sibs). The program will subsidize matched students to meet via Zoom and dine together. (For more info:

MIT Postdoc Buddy-Buddy Program
A ‘buddy’ program is designed to welcome new postdocs by pairing them with current postdocs in a systematic manner to help them build academically and mentally supportive communities. (For more info:

Mindfulness & Leadership Reflection Journals
The club will provide students with reflection journals along with two virtual events to share journal entries and reflections throughout the semester. (For more info:

Cultured Cooking
Cultured Cooking is an initiative which inspires participants to become confident and cultured cooks! Our goal is to empower the MIT community to develop a healthier relationship with quarantine consumption while exploring foods of cultures around the world. (For more info:

Mirchi Virtual Production
This Indian fusion dance team will put together a performance that will involve a story, different costumes for songs, and video editing to put it all together. (For more info:

Engineering Nutrition: The Building Blocks of Health
The 5-part nutrition education web series will demonstrate how to prepare quick, affordable, and dorm friendly meal and snack options to sustain your bodies and minds to succeed at MIT and beyond. (For more info:

Dr. Angela Davis MIT Keynote Speaker
Dr. Angela Davis will virtually be at MIT to talk about her experience with social justice and activism. This project is meant to educate all members of campus (students, staff, faculty) about anti-racism and allyship on a global scale. (For more info:

MUSE Project (Music Unites: Songs for Equity)
This project is a collaborative series of virtual performances as a tribute to the unsung accomplishments of black/minority composers. The group will perform solo or in chamber groups in order to spread recognition of the composers and raise funds for organizations serving these communities. (For more info:

MIT Reads-- Community Conversations
Community Conversations: Black Voices will be a one-time virtual reading featuring writers from the MIT community and greater-Cambridge community. (For more info:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​)

Quidditch Fitness Challenge
The Quidditch Fitness Challenge looks to promote healthy habits in a fun-filled way during the COVID-19-induced virtual fall semester. Students can earn brilliant prizes through exciting challenges, ranging from virtual workouts to a House Cup. (For more info:

Diversity & Inclusion at IMES/HST Learning
In the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES)/Health Sciences & Technology (HST), the staff formed a learning club to engage in trainings and discussions about diversity and inclusion while also finding constructive ways to take action. They aim to create an anti-discriminatory, diverse, and inclusive work environment. (For more info:​​​​​​​)

Hive@Home: Fall '20 Edition
The Hive@Home: Fall ‘20 Edition aims to foster a gardening community among remote students. By providing indoor herb and mushroom garden kits and facilitating virtual shared learning calls, the program will connect students to nature, promote gardening as a hobby, and most importantly, unite students as “One MIT.” (For more info:​​​​​​​)

MIT Musical Theater Guild Dance Hour
This project works to provide MIT Musical Theater Guild participants who attend a weekly dance class with safer dancing equipment as well as props/dance tools that may be useful to help participants grow as a dancer. (For more info:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​)

The Color of Science Fiction
A community building afternoon event, starting as a book club, but hopefully expanding to other media as well. The club will read books by people of color, who include characters of color, books that are amazing prizewinning jewels. (For more info:​​​​​​​)

MIT in COVID-Era Podcast
To inform and unite the MIT community, three undergraduates will be hosting a weekly 30 minute podcast to talk about MIT life during the COVID-era, including how classes work, how students stay social, and how we’re coming to terms with the new ‘normal.’ (For more info:

Spring 2020 - Round 11

Fitness and Resiliency: The Power to Thrive
A 12-session Physical Education and Wellness course offered for points that is focused fitness and the science and application of resiliency skills, providing students with the permission to take care of themselves in order to manage life’s stressors and maximize energy to reach personal goals. (For more info:

Peer Mentoring Program - Chemistry Graduate Students
An integrated mentoring program matching new graduate students to current graduate students in order to provide support, advice, and resources during the first two years of graduate school. The program will feature one-on-one peer mentoring, in addition to broader community mentoring. (For more info:

Conflict Management Training for the MIT-WHOI Joint Program and EAPS Community
The goal of this funding application is to provide students in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program and the EAPS department at MIT with a professionally-run conflict management training. (For more info:

America’s Path Forward, better understanding through shared experiences at MIT
This project enables the scale-up of an inclusive civic activity that invites the entire MIT community to share questions and experiences that they feel our nation must address, and participate in facilitated group discussions. This process is empowered by technology that helps everyone explore diverse perspectives and find common ground. (For more info: is a public, departmental website, running parallel to the official BE website, whose mission is an "introduction to the wide and wonderful assortment of humans who make up the [MIT Department of Biological Engineering (aka BE, aka Course 20) in an effort to understand, escalate and expand belonging." (For more info:

Summer Yoga
Weekly online yoga lessons for members of the Westgate and Eastgate communities over the summer. The level of difficulty will be suitable for beginners and can slowly be increased over the course of the summer based on participants progress. (For more info:

Calm Down with Coloring
A project to bring coloring books and pencils to adults and kids of the Westgate Community to provide students with an activity that is both calming and offline. (For more info:

Draw with Me
An informal, weekly “hangout in a virtual studio” organized to provide an avenue for the MIT community to pause and refresh through watching art or drawing together online. (For more info:

Self-Care in Community
The BGSA Self-Care in Community initiative will send a variety of care package kits to 50 of its members to support the multiple dimensions of self care that will cater to the many different personalities and interests of the community, while supporting small Black-owned businesses during this time of economic devastation. (For more info:

Staying Human Podcast and Discussion Series
Staying Human is a podcast and discussion series where the broader MIT community and prominent guests can explore how to hold on to our humanity in this time of social distancing. (For more info:

A virtual environment where you can work, hold meetings, or socialize! The volume is scaled accordingly to how far you are to each of your fellow peers providing a unique close but fun experience. (For more info:

The Future is Latina
Hermanas Unidas is hosting a virtual event with a Latina writer to speak to the underrepresented Latina community at MIT. (For more info:

MIT Press Live! Virtual Author Talk Series
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MIT Press launched MIT Press Live!, a weekly virtual author talk series aimed at building vibrant online communities. (For more info:

Lumos is a series of workshops for the MIT community to make creative crafts. These workshops aim to bring a sense of joy and develop camaraderie despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. (For more info:

Happy Working From Home
Under the current stressful COVID-19 situation, we want to create a happier home working environment for graduate students in EECS by providing them with Happy Light and Coloring kits. (For more info:

CovEd Continuing Education
A virtual community connecting students from higher ed institutions with low income, K-12 students in need of academic support during school shutdowns. (For more info:

Muslim Mental Health Dialogues
A series of discussions on mental health concerns within the Muslim community, focused on youth. (For more info:

Asian Pacific Heritage Month
A project to raise awareness of Asian American events and milestones through t-shirts and a digital campaign. (For more info:

COVID-19 Impact on Academic Well-being of Lab-based STEM Doctoral Students at their Research Midpoint
An interview study that explores the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic on the academic wellbeing of 30 lab-based STEM doctoral students at their training midpoint, three-to-four years into their research. (For more info:

Diaspora Recipe
A website with recipes for healthy, affordable meals that encourages diaspora students to stay connected with our heritages and engage in healing and community work. (For more info:

Virtual Paint Bar
A virtual paint bar where undergraduate students can sign up to receive a painting kit and participate in a virtual lesson. A student or teacher will lead the lesson on painting Killian or the Boston skyline. (For more info:

Sticker Making Project for MIT’s COVID-19 Response
A project to mail positive and affirming stickers to the MIT community. (For more info:

Loneliness and its Effects on Academic Performance
A project to understand the effects of loneliness on academic outcomes and students’ beliefs surrounding loneliness, e.g. whether students underestimate the benefits of social interaction. (For more info:

Stand-Up Comedy Class with Last Comic Standing’s Dan Crohn
A project offering online stand-up comedy classes to the MIT community, taught by comedian Dan Crohn. (For more info:

Fall 2019 - Round 10

Natural Inspiration
Nature retreat for MIT community to take walks, meditate, do yoga, and appreciate colors and patterns in nature with an emphasis on using this technique to overcome depression. (For more info:

A health focussed student group promoting nutritious, affordable, and efficient cooking/eating on campus. (For more info:

DUSP Recipes from Home
A cookbook compiled by members of the DUSP community that seeks to strengthen relationships through the sharing of cultural and culinary traditions. (For more info:

IDSS Presents: Intelligence Demands Super Relaxation
A program to provide IDSS students with de-stressing equipment to promote relaxation. (For more info:

Save TFP Grand Care Packages Event
A fun social event where students can make care packages for their friends. (For more info:

The Aunties and Uncles Freshman Mentorship Program
A mentorship program to strengthen the support network for first-year students in the MIT African Students Association. (For more info:

Mindful MIT
An initiative to increase student's self-awareness and mental well-being. (For more info:

Spill the Tea
A monthly program connecting graduate students of color and their allies around tea to promote sense of community and belonging. (For more info:

Chop Stir Hack
A food magazine to showcase student recipes and provide informational articles about cooking communities and food resources on campus. (For more info:

VISTA Holiday Celebration
A celebration to bring visiting students and graduate students together during the holidays. (For more info:

MIT Women in Econ Lunch
A student-led initiative to support women in economics by hosting monthly lunches. (For more info:

Gratitude Project
A project to help the MIT community pause and reflect on what they are grateful for. (For more info:

Sexual Harassment Culture at MIT
A panel discussion to explore how harassment affects the MIT community, the experiences of survivors, and what institutional change looks like. (For more info:

MIT (Mysterious) Book Exchange
A book exchange for MIT community members to connect with each other in a meaningful way. (For more info:

Discovering and Personalizing Self-Care: A Series of Workshops for MacGregor Students
A series of self-care workshops for MacGregor students to explore and customize self-care to their interests and needs as an undergraduate student. (For more info:

Queer Film and Crafting Nights
A monthly queer movie and crafting night to bring together LGBTQ+ individuals and allies within the biology department to educate and build community around LGBTQ+ issues. (For more info:

Graduate Student Council Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (GSC-DEI) Fellows Program + gradCommunity Dialogue Series
A fellows program for students interested in making MIT more equitable, inclusive, and engaging. (For more info:

Noches de Cultura
An event series that utilizes Latin American arts and culture to create spaces of community and engagement. (For more info:

Cambridge Culinary Cooking Class
A cooking event at professional kitchens with an aim to build community by bringing together students and professors. (For more info:

Handling Negativity
A series to explore ancient techniques from Vedic text to handle negativity and develop positive thoughts. (For more info:

There's a Space for Everyone: Performance Takeover
A campaign to host events in areas that are traditionally not seen as "for" certain marginalized identity-based groups. The hope with a takeover is to get students comfortable being in these spaces and enjoying the events in a supportive environment with other MIT community members. (For more info:

Spring 2019 - Round 9

Academy of Courageous Minority Engineers (ACME)
Biweekly lunches to engage with underrepresented MIT faculty members to build a stronger community amongst underrepresented graduate students and to improve relationships between graduate students and faculty.

Addressing Social Issues in Today's Society
A series of forums for social justice issues to increase awareness within the MIT community. (For more info:

Big Gay Event
An end-of-the-semester event bringing together members of MIT’s LGBTQ+ community with food, a fashion show, and a guest speaker. (For more info:

Community Lunch and Learn
Monthly 1-hour lunch meetings to introduce and discuss a topic and its background related to gender issues. (For more info:

Communi-Tea: Tea Hour at Edgerton House
A weekly social hour where residents of Edgerton House conduct small community service projects. (For more info:

Composite Picnic Tables in Eatman Court
Installation of four picnic tables to provide a place for students and staff within the buildings surrounding Eastman Court to eat, socialize, and study. (For more info:

Department of Chemistry 5K Walk
A 5K to build community and encourage healthy habits for members of the Chemistry Department. (For more info:

East Campus Rex Welcome Week
Wellness programming and the construction of a fort to bring members of the MIT community together. (For more info:

Ebony Affair
An event organized by the Black Student Union that includes dance performances, gospel singing, drumming, spoken word, and speakers. (

A student-led project to increase social connectivity, friendships, and information sharing in the graduate economics community through fostering relationships across Ph.D. student cohorts. (For more info:

A 30-day experiment to test the efficacy of a pointed self-reflection of values and identities (the experimental condition) vs. unstructured journaling (the control condition) on mental wellbeing. (For more info:

MIT Food Map
The project explores how MIT can build community and increase access to information on healthy food options by mapping affordability, sustainability, and location-based attributes of MIT's food system onto a community-based food map.

MIT Meditation Lab - Experiment Listen and Learn about your Mind and Body
A student-led initiative to hold space for the MIT community to experiment, listen, and learn about their minds and bodies by learning the language of mindfulness. (For more info:

Procrastination Station
The Procrastination Station would bring together many of the decentralized resources across campus to create time and space for students to complete stalled tasks together with support from staff. (For more info:

The Festival of Sri Krishna Janmashtami
A festival meant to break all barriers of divide and bring together MIT community through music, culture, arts, festivities, meditation, and importantly, delicious freshly made Indian dinner. (For more info:

VISTA 4th of July BBQ
The goal of this event is to bring visiting students together to celebrate the 4th of July and learn the history behind it. (For more info:

VISTA Movie Night- Are you sure Scientific Movies are Accurate?
The VISTA movie night is an event dedicated to watching a scientific movie and then having an expert talk about the accuracy of the science in the movie. (For more info:

We are the World Zine
A zine surrounding immigration and the many unique immigration stories from the MIT community. (For more info:

Women in STEM Week
Women in STEM Week is a series of events aimed at highlighting wellness issues, discussing what it means to be a woman in the workplace, and driving community bonding among women in STEM at MIT. (For more info:

Fall 2018 - Round 8

A Room of Quiet
A dedicated space in Walker Memorial that students can use for medication, quiet prayer, and silent reflection. (For more info:

An Evening with Cameron Esposito
A panel discussion and comedy show, featuring Comedian Cameron Esposito that explores issues of gender, equality, and sexual assault. (For more info:

Ashdown Lecture Series
An event series exploring resilience, failure, and cultivating a growth mindset. (For more info:

BetterMIT Makeathon
A community-focused Makeathon/Pitch challenge to improve students' physical environments, academic experiences, and mental health and sense of community. (For more info:

Bursting the MIT Bubble by getting out of Boston
The project encourages students at MIT to explore Boston and the area they live in. (For more info:

Camp Kesem Giving Tuesday
A Giving Tuesday event to help make campus a warmer and happier place. (For more info:

Colors Across MIT
Set of inspirational and MIT-centered coloring postcards illustrated by students, faculty, and staff across campus. (For more info:

Cycle for Sanity
Free late-night event for undergraduate students to raise awareness of the link between exercise and mental health. (For more info:

EMS Heartsafe
The Heartsafe Initiative aims to increase the preparedness of MIT in the event of health emergencies by teaching CPR, AED usage, and other lifesaving skills to mitigate tragedies. (For more info:

Financial Fitness
Financial literacy/fitness PE course sponsored by DAPER. (For more info:

Financial Literacy Workshops
Short workshops and forums that focus on different financial literacy topics, such as taxes, budgeting, saving, and investing. Organized by CASE. (For more info:

Graduate Students FAIL! Conference
The FAIL! conference for graduate students is a smaller scale version of the FAIL! conference to encourage graduate students to share their valuable experiences with failure in education, business, or their personal life. (For more info:

Special FAIL! Meetings
Special FAIL! events for a specific group of people, like, women, minorities, etc. (For more info:

FAIL! Conference
A TED-Style Talk series, in which renowned leaders from academia talk about their life stories and setbacks and how they have transformed their failures into successes. (For more info:

Game On Girls: A MIT Diversity in Games Initiative
Dinner bringing together women-identifying members of MIT’s gaming community. (For more info:

Good Karma
A student-led intitiative presenting MIT Community with challenges to be better people with the reward of a study break and raffle prizes.  (For more info:

Home Groups
An initiative at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning to promote cross disciplinary discussion and social interaction between a mix of students and faculty irrespective of their academic interests. (For more info:

Leading Thrones
A project to celebrate under-celebrated female scientists by posting short biographical blurbs in bathrooms throughtout MIT. (For more info:

Lean on Me for the MIT Graduate Community
This project will make Lean on Me (LOM) available to the graduate community. LOM is a program started by undergraduates at MIT that provides anonymous peer support via text. (For more info:

McCormick Craft Studio
A dedicated craft studio in the McCormick Hall to provide residents a space to make togther, explore new materials, share skills, and pursue personal and academic hands-on projects. (For more info:

Mind & Hand
A mechanical art piece for MIT's camous that represents the mental health issues students face. (For more info:

An app recognizing good deeds performed by MIT community members. (For more info:

MIT Furniture Exchange Mural
Permanent mural at the MIT Student Furniture Exchange that is painted by many volunteers. (For more info:

MIT VISTA Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving dinner for visiting students so that they don't feel homesick during this family tradition holiday. (For more info:

Westgate: MIT families and Friends Connect Project (Community Building and Wellness)
A project to build a stronger community and togetherness for all MIT students, spouses, and families through mindful and wellness activities. (For more info:

Westgate: Success Starts at Home
A series of workshops and events sharing imminently practical ideas for MIT student families, so that ‘date night’, diapers, and dinner aren’t mutually exclusive with deadlines, dissertations, and degrees. (For more info:

Yoga for Chronic Health Conditions
A series of yoga classes targeted towards managing chronic health conditions and developing a sense of community. (For more info:

Spring 2018 - Round 7

Cozy Eddies - Lovely and Comforting SA+P Spaces the Remind Us to Pause
Pop-up picnic nooks inside building 9 to enrich daily routines with unexpected playful space. (For more info:

DUSP Healthy Masculinities Discussion Group Retreat
A weekend retreat for members of the DUSP Healthy Masculinities Discussion group to engage with topics masculinity. (For more info:

Growth Mindset Video Resources for University Teaching Staff
This project aims to create videos and supplemental resources to train teaching assistants, instructors, and faculty to use evidence-based classroom practices that promote growth mindset (For more info:

Healing Gardens
The goal of this project is to create indoor gardens in student spaces representing resilience, growth, and healing. They embody the phrase "They tried to bury us but they forgot we are seeds" through plants, artificial flowers and butterflies, a memorial of people lost to identity-based violence, campus resources, and cards for students to contribute resilience strategies. (For more info:

MIT Medical Restorative Garden Wall
The installation of a restorative garden wall with seating on the first floor of MIT Medical. (For more info:

MIT Prevention 2.0: Advanced Training for Gatekeepers
Advanced training to improve crisis response skills for those who support students in distress. (For more info:

MITell Storytelling Showcase
An event where 4-5 storytellers will share true stories from their lives. (For more info:

Modern Family Mindfulness Program
A program for students and their families to strengthen their emotional health and relationships. (For more info:

OneWeek is an initiative that seeks to complement the classroom learning by providing the MIT community the opportunity to come together as one to celebrate the cultures and backgrounds of members of the community, and engage in productive discussions regarding world issues. (For more info:

Peaceful Painting
A painting of doves in flight for W11. (For more info:

Sleep Well
During the Sleep Well challenge, individual participants who meet sleep goals are eligable for weekly and monthly prize drawings, as well as several end-of-challenge awards. (For more info:

The SPXCE Race
Participants will be assigned to groups of three through a system that will match students who are relatively unfamiliar with each other. Similar to the competition show "The Amazing Race," participants will earn points by attending events and activities with their teammates. (For more info:

Fall 2017 - Round 6

Adulting 101
A series of financial literacy workshops organized by the CASE student group. (For more info:

America in Transition
A documentary series and social impact campaign that explores relationships, family, and social change from the perspective of trans people of color across the United States. (For more info:

Artful Meditation
A drawing class that meets weekly and alternates between Artful Meditation and Draw What You See. (For more info:

Continuing Conversations for Chemists
An initiative providing free lunches to members of the Chemistry Department to facilitate connections, collaborations, and conversations. (For more info:

Crafternoon Sewing Circle
A monthly sewing class offered to members of the MIT community at the MIT Student Furniture Exchange. (For more info:

Evaluation on the State of the Black Community at MIT
The Black Student Union is conducting a survey and creating a report evaluating the state of the black community at MIT. (For more info:

Hermanas Unidas Inaugural Event
An inaugural event organized by Mujeres Latinas aiming to bring together Latinas from across MIT's campus to create a supportive, enduring, and inspiring community. (For more info:

Indoor Lawn
A project providing indoor lawns in high traffic areas where students can sit, relax, and enjoy a bit of nature. (For more info:

MacGregor House Garden
A hydroponic gardening system and renovated garden boxes for the MacGregor House residence. (For more info:

Making a SPXCE to Call Home
A collaborative mural painting activity to help build and sustain community in the new MIT SPXCE (Social Justice Programming and Cross-cultural Engagement) Intercultural Center. (For more info:

Math Puzzles Pilot Event
A puzzle solving social event with a variety of games to bring students and faculty together in the Math Department. (For more info:

MIT Daybreaker
MIT students will attend an early morning dance experience promoting wellness. (For more info:

Postdoc REFS (pdREFS)
A two year pilot program of Postdoc REFS (pdREFS) aiming to train postdocs in conflict management, and create an official group for postdocs to be available for and utilize their conflict management skills to support fellow postdocs at the Institute. (For more info:

Science Storytelling
A project that brings communication experts to the EAPS department to conduct a workshop on using storytelling techniques to communicate about science. (For more info:

A drop-in art studio for members of the MIT community to draw, color, sketch, and connect with others. (For more info:

The Standard- Men of Color Setting the Standard for Academic, Personal, and Professional Success
A new cohort-based Men of Color (MOC) initiative targeting first-year undergraduates. Participants will engage in workshops, guest lectures, and a range of activities designed to enhance academic/personal/professional success. (For more info:

A week of events celebrating and promoting women in STEM to increase the sense of community among women at MIT. (For more info:

Spring 2017 - Round 5

The S word film screening and Q&A with filmmaker and photographer
A film screening about individuals impacted by suicide and a group discussion moderated by staff from Mental Health and Counseling. (For more info:

American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Classes for MIT
Classes and social events related to American Sign Language and Deaf Culture at MIT. (For more info:

Healthy Relationships and Healthy Body Fitness Course
A course designed to make students better informed about the differences between healthy and abusive relationships, and reduce risky sexual behavior. (For more info:

Meditation/Fitness Course
A course designed to promote wellness through meditation and other techniques proven to reduce stress and build resiliency. (For more info:

Neurodiversity at MIT and Design for Everyone
A panel discussion exploring the experiences of non-neurotypical students and barriers to inclusion. (For more info:

Project 24
A student-led grassroots challenge encouraging MIT students to initiate conversations with six people in 24 hours. (For more info:

Post-mit: An MIT Story of Sticky Situations and the Stickies that Helped us Stick it Out
An event showcasing how two graduate students used friendship, humor, and sticky notes to overcome adversity. (For more info:

Pre-finals Care Packages
A student-led initiative bringing care packages to students during finals week.  (For more info:

Tea with Teachers: MIT Professor Interview Series
A student-driven initiative that aims to bridge the gap between students and professors. Students interview professors over tea and film the conversation, later publishing it to YouTube. (For more info:

We are MIT
A video platform where students can submit short videos on a particular theme and compete for prizes. (For more

Wellness Buddies
A weekly dinner life skills seminar where students are paired with a wellness buddy with whom they can check in about progress and measurable goals. (For more info:

Fall 2016 - Round 4

CPW Athletics Alternative Programming
An event designed to improve the CPW experience of prospective student athletes. Recruits will participate in a series of icebreaker activities and a scavenger hunt, serving as a fun and active alternative to informal parties, while providing students with an opportunity to connect outside their varsity teams. (For more info: loganmcl@MIT.EDU)

Culinarily Cultivating Community
A series of cooking events and lessons based out of Edgerton House for graduate students. (For more info: gjwang@MIT.EDU)

Food, Film and Friends
Dinner, film screening, and discussion events to facilitate conversations about controvesial topics among students, staff, and faculty. (For more info:

MIT EMS Community Fair
A fair to foster dialogue and positive interactions between the MIT student body and the MIT Police DepartmentEmergency Medical Services, and other local response agencies. (For more info: sgoel@MIT.EDU)

Portraits of Resilience Book
book capturing MIT community members’ personal stories of overcoming adversity, curated by Professor Daniel Jackson. (For more info: dnj@MIT.EDU)

Plants For The People
An event series bringing together green-thumbed MIT students to make terrariums in a fun, communal setting. (For more info:

YOU Belong @ MIT
A three-part awareness and training program developed by the Teaching and Learning Lab to support faculty and staff in increasing students’ sense of academic belonging. (For more info:

Spring 2016 - Round 3

Notice & Respond Facilitator Training
Training to help faculty, staff, and students recognize and respond to mental health issues. 15 MIT facilitators to be trained by N&R founders from Cornell, who can then train MIT community members. (For more info:

Sunshine Makes Us Happy
Colorful metal chairs and tables to be placed in outdoor spaces throughout MIT. (For more info:

MIT Day of Play
Large scale carnival type festival for the last day of class to be held on Kresge Oval with food and games. (For more info:

Helping You, Helping Others
Commission a participatory glass sculpture to visualize help seeking. Students that receive mental help will be asked to deposit marbles in the sculpture. (For more info:

Failures in Grad School and Beyond
Monthly lecture series on failure and personal stories of overcoming failure. To feature faculty speakers. (For more info:

Open Mind, Open Art Studio: IAP course for those affected by mental illness
Develop curriculum for and carry out IAP art class for 25 community members affected by mental illness. Exhibit works from the class in Lobby 10 with reception event. (For more info:

Motivate and Move
A series of programs to help graduate student develop healthy work and self-care skills in combination with physical exercise:

  1. a weekly Bolly-X dance exercise class lead by an instructor
  2. a weekly cognitive behavioral therapy group lead by a psychiatrist
  3. a monthly nutrition group to help students make healthy food choices (For more info:

Tell Me About Your Day MIT
Existing suicide prevention initiative proposes to:

  1. Host events that deal with mental illness.
  2. Host a weekly podcast around the theme of living mentally healthy
  3. Provide TMAYD bracelets to incoming freshmen and make them available throughout campus. (For more info:

Supporting Those Who Champion Peer Wellness at MIT
Proposal for a semi-annual speaker series for continuing education and professional development of peer wellness champions (MedLinks, Peer Ears, Peer2Peer, Lean On Me, PLEASURE, REFS). (For more info:

A website ( where students self-report the number of hours they slept, and can compare their data with the rest of MIT. Students compete with each other to be on the leaderboard for getting the most sleep. The site has existed for some time with a following, but is slow due to limitations of its current host server. (For more info:

Winter 2016 - Round 2

My Sister's Keeper
New program, My Sister’s Keeper, serves black women MIT students and fosters community among MIT’s black women faculty, staff, and students.   (For more info: Prof. Helen Elaine Lee at or

An app to help MIT students to reflect on their daily behaviors to manage stress & wellbeing. Effectiveness evaluated through user studies. (For more info: )

MIT Libraries: Wellness Collection and Bookmobile
New collection of books and media at Hayden Library for MIT community’s health and well-being, also coming to a bookmobile near you! (For more info: or

Deaf at MIT
Make MIT fully accessible to those who communicate differently. Include all voices. Everyone has something to say. Listen and be heard. (For more info:

A dashboard of well-being across living groups and classes at MIT, using bit-sized questions, enabling targeted efforts for student welfare. (For more info:

Indoor Gardens
Bringing green plants inside MIT to improve student mental health and beautify the campus through the winter months. (For more info:

SMASH IAP Wellness Series
An intensive, month-long program to get students' wellness on track. (For more info:

Fall 2015 - Round 1

Slow Looking Art Workshop
Gather at the MIT List Center to look slowly at art. Take time to pause, refresh, and restore through observation, discussion, and drawing. (For more info:

LBGTQ Students of Color at MIT
Maximizing campus-wide collaborations, this project offers profound and positive change for at-risk LBGTQ students of color at MIT. (For more info:

MIT Connect
MIT CONNECT randomly pairs members of the graduate student community for platonic, one-on-one lunches once a week, every week. (For more info:  or

Random Acts of Kindness Week
By encouraging random acts of kindness, we hope to defuse some of the anxiety and stress faced by MIT community members on a daily basis. (For more info: or

Koru Mindfulness Program
Small group courses for students teaching an evidence-based curriculum designed to improve sleep, perceived stress, mindfulness, and self-compassion.. (For more info:

SLAMIT Freshman Seminar
Small group techniques help students develop psychological resources to resist distress and thrive in the face of demanding circumstances. (For more info: or

The Puppy Lab
Certified MIT therapy dogs seeking belly rubs in exchange for clever tricks, listening ears, and goofy smiles. (For more info:

Removing SAD from Winter
Planning for public artificial lightbox locations on campus for people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). (For more info: