Graduate Student Appreciation Week

Graduate Student Appreciation Week will take place April 5-10, 2021. See below for the full schedule! Any updates will be posted here.

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Our grad students are so much more than contributors to research and classroom discussions. They offer so much more than their intellectual prowess. They are the spirit and the energy of MIT, the mind+hand+heart. They are our thought partners, helping to create a better MIT for all its people. They are dancers, athletes, musicians, singers, artists & artisans, EMTs, writers, actors & directors, GRTs, designers… and so much more.  

They are my reason for being at MIT. They make life richer.

I miss them and look forward to being among them again.

With profound gratitude,
Blanche Staton

All week (April 5-10)

Library Book “Extras”

Did you know that you can request a physical library book from MIT Libraries? Grad students who request a book this week will also receive a small surprise in the mail with their book!

Raffle for Grad Students with Children

Grad students with children: Enter a raffle for a $25 gift certificate to Henry Bear’s Park Toy Store in Porter Square — there will be 20 winners! Submit your entry (limit 1 per grad family) by noon on Friday, April 9. The drawing will take place Friday afternoon.

Gift Basket Raffle for All Grad Students

Follow MIT GradDiversity for a chance to win one of three thoughtfully curated gift baskets. Content includes a deck of Heiritage playing cards, a GoodDay Scents candle, Ijeoma Oluo’s newest book, Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America, an MIT hat, and an MIT face maskWinners will be announced the week of April 12th. To enter:

  1. Follow MIT GradDiversity on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
  2. Complete this brief survey so we may contact you.
  3. Extra credit: Share with other amazing MIT Beavers (don’t forget to tag us in your post)!

Monday, April 5

Coffee at Darwin’s (8am until 3pm)

Start your week off right! Saunter over to Darwin’s Ltd. (313 Massachusetts Ave in Cambridge) and present your MIT grad student ID for a free medium-sized cup of drip coffee while supplies last. Available to the first 100 students; offer will be held open through the week until the cap is reached (as of Monday night, we’re less than halfway there!). Limit one per grad student, please. We will note here when cap is reached.

Barre Sport Fitness Class (7 – 8pm)
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A (virtual) full-body workout to shape longer, leaner muscles without the bulk. Be prepared for ballet-inspired moves and light weights, while a Healthworks Gym instructor guides you through an amazing workout. This class focuses on the essentials: alignment, form, and safety, with some cardio. Items needed: water, mat, towel, light weights (a can of food totally works for this!). The class is for MIT grad students only and will include some interactivity. Open to all genders. Sign up to receive the Zoom link — we’ll send it out on the day of the event.

Tuesday, April 6

Coffee at Darwin’s (8am until 3pm)

Start your week off right! Saunter over to Darwin’s Ltd. (313 Massachusetts Ave in Cambridge) and present your MIT grad student ID for a free medium-sized cup of drip coffee while supplies last. Available to the first 100 students; offer will be held open through the week until the cap is reached (as of Monday night, we’re less than halfway there!). Limit one per grad student, please. We will note here when cap is reached.

Author Talk: Anthony Abraham Jack (5 – 6:30pm)
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Come join MIT Reads for a conversation with Anthony Abraham Jack, author of The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students. Based on dozens of interviews, Jack documents how admission is a far cry from inclusion. He’ll discuss how colleges and universities can move from exacerbating inequalities to better serving less privileged students. The first 25 students to register and attend will receive a copy of The Privileged Poor. The Libraries and OGE GradDiversity will host a follow-up session in early May to discuss (giving you plenty of time to read first!). 

Skip the Small Talk with MIT Alumni (7 – 8:30pm)
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Missing regular interactions with new friends? Skip the Small Talk is a great chance to have meaningful conversations with fellow MIT graduate students and alumni! You’ll be paired with a series of other grad students and recent alumni for brief conversations with prompts designed to foster connection and friendship. Sign up to receive a Zoom link. Signups will close when full.

Trivia Night (8 – 10pm)
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Grab your friends, family, and coworkers for a night of virtual trivia hosted by the Thirsty Ear. All grad student attendees will be entered in a raffle to win five fun MIT prizes after the event! One team member must fill out your team name to participate (and if your team is registered by 7:20pm on Tuesday, April 6, you’ll receive Early Bird round points): Team Registration Form. Please note: The Thirsty has Trivia every Tuesday night; Grad Appreciation prizes available on April 6 only.

On Tuesday Night: At 7:55pm, all team members should join the Zoom call to familiarize themselves with the trivia website and get ready to play. First-time teams will need at least one member to make an account on their trivia website, which will be explained when you arrive before 8pm.

Wednesday, April 7

Coffee at Darwin’s (8am until 3pm)

Start your week off right! Saunter over to Darwin’s Ltd. (313 Massachusetts Ave in Cambridge) and present your MIT grad student ID for a free medium-sized cup of drip coffee while supplies last. Available to the first 100 students; offer will be held open through the week until the cap is reached (as of Wednesday night, we have reached capacity). Limit one per grad student, please. 

Cooking Lesson: Eggplant Parmesan (3:30 – 4:30pm)
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Could you use a new recipe for your repertoire? Come join Tim’s Kitchen for a virtual cooking class, making eggplant parm! Note: This is only available to residential graduate students. All ingredients will be provided for the first 20 students. 

Yoga Sculpt Fitness Class (7:30 – 8:30pm)
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A Healthworks Gym instructor leads this (virtual) fast-paced Vinyasa class set to an upbeat playlist, incorporating both weights and cardio intervals. Fusing traditional postures with strength training, this athletic approach to yoga helps boost stamina and lean muscle mass while improving flexibility in a fun, unique way. Items needed: water, mat, towel, light weights (a can of food totally works for this!). The class is for MIT grad students only and will include some interactivity. Open to all genders. Sign up to receive the Zoom link — we’ll send it out on the day of the event.

Thursday, April 8

Yoga/Pilates Fusion Class (8 – 9am)
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A Healthworks Gym instructor leads a (virtual) fluid blend of movements based on multiple mind-body disciplines ranging from Pilates to yoga and barre. This class will challenge the full body with a special emphasis on taking your core to the next level. Items needed: water, mat, towel. The class is for MIT grad students only and will include some interactivity. Open to all genders. Sign up to receive the Zoom link — we’ll send it out on the day of the event.

Skip the Small Talk (7 – 8:30pm)
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Missing regular interactions with new friends? Skip the Small Talk is a great chance to have meaningful conversations with fellow MIT grad students! You’ll be paired with a series of other grad students for brief conversations following prompts designed to foster connection and friendship. Sign up to receive the Zoom link, which we’ll send on the day of the event. Signups will close when full.

Friday, April 9

Raffle Drawing
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Grad student parents and guardians! Enter a raffle for gift certificates to Henry Bear’s Park Toy Store in Cambridge — 20 winners will each receive a $25 certificate. The drawing will take place Friday afternoon; winners will be notified by end of day.

Paint Night (7 – 9pm)
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Missing paint class? Craving artistic release? Grad students will get step-by-step guidance from a professional artist through an evening of painting on Zoom. You’ll be welcome to follow along or create something of your own; sipping and painting welcome! No experience necessary – all levels welcome.

Open to first 15 registrants. Students who sign up by March 31 and are located in the U.S. or Canada will receive complimentary art supplies by mail. (Those in other locations or who miss the March 31 deadline are still welcome to participate with their own materials.) 

Self Care for Spring (7 – 7:40pm)
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Come ready to breathe in the newness of the season and slough off your tired, tight winter energy! Courtney from Cambridge Naturals will lead us through a simple DIY salt scrub tutorial (you’ll make your own body scrub), a meditation, an overview of popular herbs for spring, and a few journal prompts.

Saturday, April 10

Walking Tour of Boston (2 – 4pm)
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Get outdoors and enjoy some early spring weather! Join MIT staff member and professional city tour guide Ed Ballo for a two hour walk along Boston’s Freedom Trail. The trail is a red line on the pavement that leads past 16 different historic sites and was created 60 years ago. Wear walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. 

Note: Execution of this event will be dependent on Institute coronavirus guidelines at the time. Space for this event is highly limited. Sign-up is required; please let us know if you can’t make it. The rain date will be Sunday, April 11 at 2pm.