Department: Integrated Design and Management
Hometown: Carrollton, Texas
GCF Position: Mind Hand Heart Innovation Fund
I’m working with Mind Hand Heart, which is a coalition of students, faculty, and staff working together to help make MIT a happier and healthier place. In particular, I help to administer Mind Hand Heart’s biannual Innovation Fund, which seeds novel approaches to well being and mentors passionate students as their innovative ideas develop. Now that the Innovation Fund has gone through several award cycles, we are working to analyze and measure the outcomes of these awarded projects so that we can identify best practices and help future projects succeed in their goals.
How does your GCF project enhance the graduate student community?
Mind Hand Heart’s Innovation Fund projects span many different communities across MIT, including many graduate groups. We sponsor activities in graduate housing communities such as Edgerton House as well as innovative events aimed at graduate students such as the Fail! Conference. Having a framework to best support and sustain the students behind these projects will only serve to help make the Innovation Fund reach more graduate students in more meaningful ways.
What is your favorite part of working in your GCF position?
I love interacting with the team at Mind Hand Heart–they are some of the wisest, most fun people I know at MIT! I also appreciate how working in my GCF position exposes me to the inner workings of MIT that I would never have had a chance to understand before I became a fellow. It’s eye-opening and empowering to learn about how decisions get made in an institution like MIT.