From: Student Life
Date: September 20, 2023
Subject: MIT Sloan Student Life Newsletter September 20, 2023

September 20, 2023

Know Your Resource: Flipping Failure

Whether you are new to MIT or a returning student, you might feel anxious about what lies ahead this semester - choosing or changing your research focus, managing competing priorities, or defining a career path. You are not alone! TLL’s Flipping Failure initiative aims to provide visibility to stories of academic challenge and resilience so that we can begin shifting the conversation around struggle from a source of shame to a source of learning and growth.

  • Explore their website and browse through the 20+ stories about the challenges experienced by students at MIT and the strategies they use to cope with them.
  • Sign up for Flipping Failure's newsletter to receive timely highlights and activities to help you navigate challenges you may be experiencing. (Check out the first two issues from March/April and May/June.)
  • If you have your own story of academic challenge and would like to share what you learned with peers, fill out this form, and they will keep you informed of our next storytelling workshop series.
Student Life Events

MIT Sloan Affinity Dinner Series: Latina/o/x Sloanies Cena Especial
Thursday, September 28th

Local Restaurant 
As part of this initiative & in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month– the MIT Sloan Undergraduate Office will host this dinner for students across all Sloan programs who identify as a Latina/o/x. 

Register Here

Barn Babies
Tuesday, September 26th
11am-3pm ET

Diebold Lounge
Join us for the furriest and cutest form of stress relief on this side of campus! (AKA: come snuggle baby bunnies, kittens, ducklings, puppies, and more...


Course XV Dinner
Wednesday, September 27th

Course XV Dinners are back! Course XV Dinners are an opportunity for 15 students from across programs to have a free, delicious, three course dinner at a local venue with a member of the Student Life and DEI Offices. 


Wellness Days
Monday September 25th & Tuesday September 26th

Student Life Office Suite (E52-101)
RSVP for a free 20-minute chair massage and/or a free 60-minute acupuncture session to help reduce your overall stress and tension. Walk in appointments are also available days of!


Lunch Chats with Nia
Wednesday, October 4th

Student Life Office, E52-101
Do you have any questions about Student Life? Sign up for a lunch chat with Student Life Director, Nia DeYounge!

Register Here

MIT Community Events

2023 Student and Alumni Welcome Reception
Wednesday, September 20th

Roberts Family Forum, E62 1st Floor
Meet and mingle with incoming and returning students and Sloan alumni. Come enjoy good food, drinks, great company, and networking as we kick off a new academic year.


Hispanic Heritage Month C(fx)
Thursday, September 21st

La Fabrica
The Hispanic Business Club is excited to celebrate the Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) with the broader Sloan community. Come join us for great food, music, fun facts about HHM, and dancing!
Tickets: $20

Get Tickets Here

An AI conversation with Drew Houston, Co-Founder & CEO of Dropbox
September 21, 2023
6th Floor MIT Media Lab

Register for a conversation with Drew Houston, co-founder & CEO of Dropbox: The rise of AI and the opportunities for emerging engineers. Lunch will be served! 


Infinite Careers Alumni Speaker Series: Q&A with Danny Kalmar – Partner at McKinsey & Company Boston
Tuesday, September 26th 

Danny primarily serves clients in the banking and financial-services sectors. Space is limited to 30 people. Food will be served. This CAPD event is open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni.

Register on Handshake

How to Get Unstuck
Wednesday, September 27, 2023
The Warehouse (NW30), Colbert Room 

Having to balance competing responsibilities? Come have dinner and learn about a variety of helpful resources and tools for life during your time at MIT.
Sign up by September 22nd 

Sign Up Here


Claim your free ticket to ClimateTech

Attend ClimateTech for a solutions-oriented look at how to address the climate crisis through technology, policy, and societal changes. MIT Technology Review brings together leaders that are funding, creating, and deploying climate technologies to accelerate the transition to a green economy. A limited number of free in-person tickets are available to the MIT community. Register to join world-class tech leaders at this exclusive event.

Register Here

The Chancellor's Community Innovation Fund is back!

Founded and supported by the Office of the Chancellor, the Community Innovation Fund seeks to leverage the creativity and problem-solving skills of MIT students, staff, and faculty to strengthen the fabric of our community. This year, MindHandHeart invites all members of the MIT community to submit applications for programs that support the Chancellor’s Whole Student initiative via one of three themes:

  1. Knowledge is Power: Building a More Dynamic MIT
  2. Building Belonging: Fostering Community and Wellbeing
  3. Cultivating a PEMS Mindset: Physical, Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual Growth

If you are interested in applying to or learning more about the Chancellor's Community Innovation Fund, please visit the MindHandHeart website.
Applications will open September 18th, 2023, and close October 6th, 2023.

Registration for ‘Step Your Way’ is open!

Need some motivation to get and stay active this fall? Join the MIT community for this 6-week walking challenge that starts on Monday, October 2.

Learn more and sign up through their website.

  • The goal of the challenge is to help you increase your daily physical activity.
  • Sign up, participate, and you just might win one of 20 getfit backpacks!
  • After you have registered, join their Slack channel and/or private Facebook group where you can get support, share encouragement, and celebrate your achievements.
  • Register by Sunday, October 1.

For more information, including a list of free, step-counting apps for your smartphone, visit their website:

MIT Energy and Climate Hack Application

Interested in Artificial Intelligence, Climate Change and sustainable energy and tackling real-world problems while interacting with competitors and sponsor representatives? Apply to the 2023 MIT Energy and Climate Hack by October 6 (free swag, food and prizes included)! Apply here to attend the 2023 MIT Energy and Climate Hack at no cost using this link before October 6! 

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