Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week is a time dedicated to connecting members of the MIT community through small acts of kindness.
The Department of Chemistry is thrilled to participate in the MindHandHeart Initiative’s Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week, which will run from Monday, March 7 through Friday, March 11, 2022.
RAK Week is a time dedicated to connecting members of the MIT community through small acts of kindness. We hope to not only encourage people to connect with each other, but also to connect with support resources on campus. RAK Week is a fun, light-hearted week meant to encourage us to support one another, because MIT is not a place one can handle alone.
Check out the agenda below for information on the Department of Chemistry-sponsored RAK Week events open to all Chemistry staff, faculty, and students. All members of the department are encouraged to participate in this highly spirited and enjoyable event!
In advance of RAK Week and throughout the event, if there is a member of the staff, faculty, or student body that you’d like to draw attention to for a job well done, submit a Shout Out! Shout Outs will be posted on the Department of Chemistry social media channels as well as on displayed on the screens in Buildings 6 and 18.
Monday, March 7, 2022 – RAK Week Tech Cash Cards
Stop by the Chem Ed office (6-205) or Chemistry Headquarters (18-392) beginning at 9AM on Monday, March 7 while supplies last to pick up a $10 Tech Cash card with which to do something nice for another person.
Tuesday, March 8, 2022 – Succulents for Friends
Beginning at 9AM while supplies last, come to Chemistry Headquarters (18-392) or the Chemistry Education Office (6-205) and pick up a miniature potted succulent to give to someone to brighten their day and desk area.
Wednesday, March 9, 2022 – Give Back to the Community
Join us in Amdur Room (6-233) from 11AM-3PM to assemble personal care kits that will be donated to Women’s Lunch Place. Women’s Lunch Place provides healthy meals, essentials, medical care, and individualized assistance through long-term relationships or emergency assistance from their unique daytime shelter and advocacy center dedicated to helping women in need.
Thursday, March 10, 2022 – Send a Candygram
Is there someone in your life you’d like to thank or reach out to? Notes are sweet, but notes AND candy are impossible to top. Note writing stations will be set up in Room 56-502 and the Graduate Student Lounge (6-203) from 11AM-3:30PM.
Friday, March 11, 2022 – Bring a Snack Break to a Friend
Swing by snack stations in Room 18-378 and the Graduate Student Lounge (6-203) from 10AM-12:30PM to pick up individually-wrapped treats to brighten someone else’s day.
RAK Week is also a great opportunity to nominate your fellow Department of Chemistry members for other recognition awards, at both the School of Science and Institute levels.
School of Science Spot Award
Spot Awards are intended to acknowledge and demonstrate appreciation and recognition for the exceptional contributions of individuals and teams, large or small. The monetary value of these awards is relatively small, but their value is immeasurable. Nominations can be made at any time and award-winners will receive a token of your appreciation soon after. Visit the School of Science website, and submit a nomination today!
The MIT Awards Convocation honors MIT students, faculty, staff, and community members who have made outstanding contributions to the shared life of the Institute. The awards recognize many of the qualities we hold dear at MIT: excellence in academics and teaching, public service, community building, achievements in the arts and athletics, leadership, and entrepreneurship.
Though the venue has been moved from Killian Court to 10-250 to the Samberg Center today, the spirit has remained the same. Nominations for the 2022 Awards Convocation are now open! The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, March 18, 2022. Submit a nomination at the MIT Awards website before it’s too late!