ODGE provides support for graduate students in a variety of ways, including counseling, administrative support, and fellowships.
MIT Medical provides routine and urgent medical care as well as mental health and counseling services for the MIT Community, including students.
Students are automatically enrolled in the MIT Extended Student Health Plan, which provides for routine and emergency medical care. For questions about the MIT Extended Student Health Plan, please see the MIT Medical website for more details about student coverage, and contact information.
The Graduate Student Council (GSC) at MIT is a student-run organization comprised of graduate students from across the Institute. The GSC exists to enhance the overall graduate experience at MIT by promoting the general welfare and concerns of the graduate student body, creating new programs and initiatives to provide opportunities for growth and interaction, and communicating with the MIT Administration and Faculty on behalf of graduate students.
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MIT has several on-campus housing options, including family housing, available through Residence Life. Students interested in living on-campus should apply for housing through the annual graduate housing lottery, which opens in May of each year. MIT also provides support for students living off-campus through the Off-Campus Housing Office.
Mediation & Support
MIT offers a number of mediation resources, including the department's own Chem REFS group.
Conflict Resolution@MIT offers confidential* consultations about difficult conversations, difficult people, or ways to handle a dispute or conflict. Mediation is one avenue; there may be other solutions. They also offer trainings and workshops around conflict and dispute resolution including a 32-hour Mediation Basic Skills Workshop. *They keep all conversations in confidence and will only share with the permission of the visitor or party - except in the unusual situation of imminent risk of harm to self or others.
The MIT Ombuds Office serves as a neutral, confidential, independent and informal resource to the diverse MIT community - they are a resource for faculty, staff, students, and post-docs. The office helps to surface very serious concerns, resolve disputes, manage conflict, and educate individuals in more productive ways of communicating. The Office advocates for a fair conflict management system and supports systemic changes to achieve this goal.
MIT Mental Health is available to anyone in the MIT community with problems, questions, or concerns. The service provides evaluations, brief treatment (both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology), referrals, urgent care, and consultations. Their psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, psychologists, and clinical social workers help individuals, couples, groups, and families with such a broad spectrum of issues.
Coming to MIT with a family (a spouse, partner and/or children) usually means coming with a different set of needs, but don’t worry, there are resources on campus to support you and your family. Some of the resources available to families coming to the Institute include the following offices, services, groups and networks:
spouses&partners@mit is a support network for the wives, husbands, and partners of MIT students and staff. They help spouses and partners from all over the world build a social network, participate in MIT and community activities, and have a fulfilling experience at MIT.
MIT FamilyNet is an online community for MIT families. Join MIT FamilyNet to connect with other MIT families, find others who want to exchange babysitting or share nannies, and find MIT-affiliated babysitters.
Work-Life Resources 24/7 offers information and referral services to support personal, professional, and family life. Services include resources, customized searches, and listings on child care, elder care, schools, legal and financial issues, volunteering, and more. Customized searches and consultations are available over the phone or online.
MIT offers on-campus child care through Technology Childcare Centers but the capacity is limited. However, there are other options for child care. A program of subsidized backup childcare for MIT undergraduate and graduate students is sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education and administered by the MIT Work-Life Center. The MIT Work-Life Center also offers a number of resources to assist MIT community members in finding or using services for children of all ages including 24/7 phone and web assistance and in-person child care and summer camp briefings.
Grad Moms Group
Grad Moms is a group for fulltime graduate students and postdocs who are mothers. A monthly lunch is held in the Margaret Cheney Room (3-310). Come share your stories, seek support, and connect with other graduate student and postdoc moms. Lunch dates are announced via firstname.lastname@example.org. To subscribe to the email list, click here.