These individual resources are available to support you:
GradSupport is here to help. Staff in the Office of Graduate Education provide advice and counsel on a variety of issues including faculty/student relationships, changing your advisor, conflict negotiation, funding, academic progress, interpersonal concerns, and a student’s rights and responsibilities.
The graduate administrator in each department and degree-granting program. The graduate administrator serves as the key representative responsible for a broad array of services and resources that generally include: admissions and orientation; registration; grade reporting; advising and counseling; class schedules; financial appointments; policy implementation; corporate recruiting; thesis processing; and degree lists and graduation.
MIT Medical offers a range of services, including:
- Mental Health and Counseling, which offers assistance to individuals with personal concerns including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, or stress.
- Consultation and guidance to friends, roommates, faculty members, and others who are concerned about the wellbeing of an MIT student or any other member of the Institute community.
- Stress reduction, mindfulness, and relaxation information and techniques are provided through Community Wellness that can revitalize your mind and body, helping you focus better and reduce stress.
iREFS is a graduate student group that provides peer support for all graduate students across the Institute. iREFS is comprised of graduate students who undergo a 40 hour training in conflict management at MIT. iREFS members can make informed referrals to other resources and offices at MIT. Sign up on the Google form for a meeting.
MIT’s Violence Prevention and Response (VPR) Program helps individuals in the MIT community who are looking for help in dealing with sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking and unhealthy relationships. The Institute Discrimination and Harassment Response (IDHR) website describes MIT’s resources for preventing and addressing sexual misconduct and MIT’s policies and procedures for reporting and investigating complaints of sexual harassment, sexual violence and sexual misconduct.
The MIT Work-Life Center can help with resources at any hour of the day or night for a number of areas, including regular and backup child care, elder care, raising teens and young adults, and balancing work and personal life.
The Ombuds Office helps people express concerns, resolve disputes, manage conflicts, and learn more productive ways of communicating. The Ombuds Office serves as an independent, confidential, neutral and informal resource to the diverse MIT community – it is a resource for faculty, staff, students, and post-docs.
The International Students Office assists students in maintaining their legal status in the United States, provides support for their dependents, and promotes interaction with and integration into the MIT community at large.
Other links include Wellbeing and Support published by the Division of Student Life, Resources for Students published by the Institute-wide Planning Task Force, Community Support Resources by Human Resources, and Hospitalization Resources for MIT students.
For student organization funding, resources include the Graduate Student Council; Student Organizations, Leadership and Engagement; and the OGE, which provides limited financial support for approved student activities upon request.
Additional mindfulness and wellness support
Pause your day for ten minutes of mindfulness with the MIT community. Offered every day during campus disruptions.
MIT Student Mental Health and Counseling offers ongoing groups for MIT students, including graduate student- and identity-specific groups. Other topics include Coping with Microaggressions Toolkit, Managing Stress Around Covid-19, ADHD Information and Skill Group, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) & Self-Compassion Toolkit.
Community Wellness at MIT Medical also provides occasional group coaching workshops among other events, sessions, and classes. Sign up for their newsletter or check the class website to find resources — on campus, online, or elsewhere — that might help make things a little easier.
As always, dial (617) 253-CALM at any time for a short, guided meditation to de-stress.
For daily updates on resources, upcoming events, and interesting articles, connect with GradSupport through GradLink on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Both advisors and students may also find our brochure, Best Practices in Graduate Student Advising, a useful resource to build and maintain a healthy, rewarding and productive relationship. Community members may request the fold-out brochure from OGE.
Visit the ask.mit.edu site to find additional information on a range of resources that are here to help you. MIT Graduate Assistance & Information Network (GAIN) is also available 24/7, providing confidential support for personalized services and referrals on legal, work/career, parenting, financial, home/daily living, and wellness. Call 844-MIT-GAIN (844-648-4246).