sprg 2022 inn fund winners

Spring 2022 Chancellor's Community Innovation Fund Recipients

Congratulations to the Spring 2022 Chancellor's Innovation Fund winners:


Eatin’ Good in the Neighborhood
The Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) is working with departments across MIT to organize a luncheon for MIT students to learn how to find culturally significant but also affordable food in the area. (For more info: eaguiar@mit.edu)

Edgerton Center- Interphase Enhancement Program
A program that expands and enhances Interphase’s Summer 2022 session by offering students the experience of collaborating in teams, building their engineering projects, and introducing themselves to MIT’s maker culture. (For more info: mayerc@mit.edu)

Medical Interpreter Training
This 4-week IAP course will train multilingual MIT community members in core principles, standards of practice, and medical terminology. Participants will be qualified to work or volunteer as interpreters in healthcare settings upon completion. (For more info: jmongo@mit.edu

Minor Feelings Book Event and Keynote Speaker
The Office of Multicultural Programs (OMP) is working on a hybrid event to commemorate Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Centered around Cathy Park Hong and her book “Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning” this event will highlight the issues that the Asian American community faces. (For more info: maihnial@mit.edu)

Muslim Mental Health Book Club
A wellness activity, starting as a book club with periodic gatherings to discuss “Reclaim Your Heart” by Yasmin Mogahed. Following the completion of the book, Yasmin Mogahed will join the MIT community for an in-person seminar. (For more info: ifrah@mit.edu)

Queer Space: A Living Archive at MIT
This project invites a team of MIT undergraduate and graduate students to reflect on the MIT campus’s historical and contemporaneous queer spaces. (For more info: aflynn@mit.edu)

MIT South Asian History Project
This digital archive and exhibition celebrate the accomplishments, technical expertise, and ingenuity of multiple generations of South Asians at MIT. (For more info: nureen@mit.edu)

Student Veterans Lounge
A community-building project that focuses on creating a space to help bring together the veteran community at MIT. (For more info: keverett@mit.edu)

Chemical Engineering Faculty and Undergraduate Book Club
A community-building club that connects students, faculty, and staff through books written by authors of color. (For more info: scorner3@mit.edu)

Chemical Engineering PhDCEP Student and Alumni Mentorship Program
A program designed to foster connections and mentorship between current MIT Ph.D. students and MIT alumni for a small and specialized dual-degree program. (For more info: aushah@mit.edu)

Connecting Mathematics Graduate Students
In response to the disconnectedness of the COVID-19 pandemic, MIT mathematics Ph.D. students from all year levels have responded by participating in small informal events. To form deep connections with one another and find like-minded peers within their field of study. (For more info: nmani@mit.edu)

Jelly Bean Estimation and Fun
A fun and laid-back contest which invites MIT students to become familiar with iHQ and win prizes. (For more info: aquach@mit.edu)

LOST’S Spring production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”
A student theater group will put together their second-ever in-person production. Separating itself from other theater groups at MIT, LOST produces “regular” modern plays which seek to connect with the audience through the trials and tribulations of “ordinary life”. This production follows a young boy who suffers from a neurological disorder and takes the audience through his journey to discover more about his family, the world around him, and ultimately himself. (For more info: shardulc@mit.edu)

Trauma-Informed Yoga Series
DAPER in collaboration with several groups on campus will organize monthly trauma-informed Yoga workshops with certified yoga instructors for the MIT community. (For more info: elin@mit.edu)

UA x Administration Dinner Initiative
A virtual dinner focused on fostering connections between MIT undergraduate students and key administrators at MIT. (For more info: shrutir@mit.edu)

Information about previous winners can be found here:  https://mindhandheart.mit.edu/innovation-fund/grant-recipients