From: Student Life
Date: March 1, 2023
Subject: MIT Sloan Student Life Newsletter March 1, 2023

March 1, 2023

Dear Sloanies,

This week we mourn the unexpected losses of two members of the Sloan community: Cana Anduze (MBA ‘24), and recent graduate Michael Ernst (SFMBA ‘22). Cana’s peers recall that he loved to talk about his family, playfully tease his friends, and had the ability to make the people around him feel included. Michael was a beloved member of the SFMBA community; his U.S. Navy colleagues described him as an exceptional teammate and selfless mentor.

There are no perfect words to mourn the loss of our friends and colleagues. Losing a member of our community is one of the most awful things we can experience. Like each of us, they too were loved and filled with hope for their futures, and it is painful to know that we will be without their presence. Cana and Michael left their mark at Sloan in the relationships they built and the people they leave behind. As our community mourns collectively and individually, please know that you are not alone and we are here to support one another. There is no correct way to mourn or grieve. There is no right timing either. It is ok to allow yourself to experience what you’re feeling (which could be emotional or physical or nothing at all) - all are normal responses to grief. If you need to talk or connect, please know you can reach out to SLO, the MBA & SFMBA program offices, as well as GradSupport, Student Mental Health and Counseling Services, MIT Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life, and DoingWell. We want to support you in the best way possible as we all navigate these losses together. Please do not hesitate to use MIT’s resources. Take good care of yourselves, let us know what you need, and stay connected with your fellow Sloanies.

…and if animals bring you joy, come to Barn Babies today to sit with baby animals from 11am - 3pm in Diebold Lounge (E51). We’ll be there waiting to see you.

Nia, Paul, Nicole, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Jackie, & Talia 
The Student Life Team 

Women’s History Month

March is women’s history month! This month honors and celebrates the historical, cultural, and societal contributions of women throughout history and today. This month, you can celebrate and learn more at Sloan, at MIT, and beyond! Here are just a few ways:

Student Life Events

Lunch Chats with Nia
Student Life Office, E52-101
Sign up for a lunch chat with Student Life Director, Nia DeYounge! This weekly event will be an intimate group discussion with Nia and students, faculty and staff across the Sloan community. 

March 8th Lunch Chat
March 15th Lunch Chat

The Yarn x SWIM Push for Parity: International Women's Day Edition
Wednesday, March 8th
Wong Auditorium
During P4P and for International Women's Day, SWIM and The Yarn are partnering to honor stories about being a woman or ally. This special edition of the Yarn offers space to reflect and connect with others on how these lenses of identity can shape experiences.


MIT Sloan Affinity Dinner Series: Women Sloanies Unite & Dine
Tuesday, March 7th
Local Restaurant
The MIT Sloan Affinity Dinner Series has collaborated with the Student Life Office to host this dinner for students across all Sloan programs who identify as a Woman. 
Event for Sloan Women Students from all Programs.


Pi(e) Day 
Tuesday, March 14th 

Student Life & DEI Office, E52-101 
Come celebrate Pi Day with the Student Life and DEI teams! Stop by to celebrate all things pi on 3.14 with some actual pies, sweets, games, and more! 


Community Events

SWIM Push for Parity: C-Fx
Thursday, March 9th

The Point 
Sloan Women in Management present their c-function of the year during Push for Parity week, their flagship annual event! Join them at The Point for a night of celebration! Please remember to bring your ID! Cocktail attire. 
Tickets: $5

Get Tickets

Purpose led retail MIT Sloan Retail Conference

MIT Sloan Retail Conference
Friday, March 3rd 

MIT Building 14
This year's in-person Retail Conference has the theme of Purpose-Led Retail, where they will explore how global and local retail and consumer goods businesses are providing meaningful impact to their customers, their employees and society through being purpose driven organizations.
Open to Significant Others 
Tickets: $40+

Get Tickets

MIT Generative AI Summit
Friday, March 3rd 

Wong Auditorium
The MIT Generative AI Summit is a single-day summit that will ignite your imagination and challenge your thinking about the ethics, use cases, and opportunities of Generative AI technology. 
Tickets: $50+

Get Tickets

Four Talks on Indigenous Studies: Eli Nelson
Monday, March 6th

The Nexus, Hayden Library 14S-130
Repossessing the Wilderness: New Deal Science at the Qualla Boundary in the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. Presented by Eli Nelson, Assistant Professor of American Studies at Williams College.

Learn More


The MIT English as a Second Language Program for Service Employees is looking for volunteers to tutor night shift employees for 1 hr/wk or to serve as substitutes as needed.

No experience is required, just a good command of English and an interest in helping individuals whose first language is not English. The goals of the program are to build student’s confidence, to help them become more productive in their jobs, and to perhaps open up further opportunities for advancementTutoring takes place Sunday - Thursday nights from 11:00 – midnight for the Spring semester. This is an opportunity to make a real and positive difference. Please contact

Q4 Physical Education and Wellness Registration Opens
Graduate Students: Tues, Mar 7 @ 8a – Wed, Mar 8 @ 1p ET

Q4 Course Dates: April 5 – May 16

Featured Courses Include:

  • Yoga/Financial Health
  • Fitness/Stress Management
  • Yoga/Resiliency
  • Fitness/Nutrition
  • Yoga/Meditation
  • Urban Backpacking
For more information check out their website or email 

MIT’s Graduate Student Council's Grad Gala on April 15, 2023
(This is NOT the Sloan GALA in Newport, RI sponsored by SEC and SLO)

Get ready for an evening of elegance, excitement, and science! Join a night of fine dining, live DJ, dancing, and celebrating the achievements of MIT grad students. Open to MIT grad students and their guests 21+. More details about the event can be found on the Grad Gala website:

Save the Date! April iLead Events

April 20, 2023, 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. (Wong Auditorium)

  • A conversation with GINNI ROMETTY, Former Chairman, President and CEO, IBM and Author of Good Power: Leading Positive Change in Our Lives, Work, and World
  • Registration will open in SloanGroups in March
April 24th, 2023, 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. (Wong Auditorium)
  • A conversation with RONALD A. WILLIAMS, SF'84, Chairman and CEO, RW2 Enterprises, LLC and Former Chairman and CEO, Aetna Inc.
  • Registration will open in SloanGroups in March
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