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Grant Recipients

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: