Housing & Community Affairs

The HCA committee focuses on community issues and student services as they pertain to the entire graduate population. The committee’s work focuses on ensuring that the MIT graduate experience is enjoyable, affordable, safe, healthy, and marked by a welcoming community. A large portion of the work carried out by the HCA is done through a set of subcommittees, each of which focuses on a particular aspect of student life.

To find out more, please feel free to contact the HCA committee chairs at gsc-hca[at]mit[dot]edu, or attend the next meeting. All meetings are open to the public and new members/observers are always encouraged! You may also wish to consult the committee meeting minutes to see what topics are currently under discussion.

Ongoing Projects

  • Stipend Levels
  • Healthcare and Dental Insurance
  • Campus Safety
  • Dining
  • Housing quality and affordability
  • Community relations with surrounding neighborhoods and City Councils
  • Inter-dorm Relations
    • Single dorms:
      • Ashdown
      • Edgerton
      • Sidney Pacific
      • Tang
      • Warehouse
    • Family dorms:
      • Eastgate
      • Westgate
  • Sustainability
  • Transportation

HCA Subcommittees

  • Family Subcommittee

The HCA is particularly aware of the challenges in raising a family while attending graduate school. Childcare, Affordable Housing, family-friendly programming, and safety are some of the specific issues dealt with by the Family Subcommittee.

  • Off-campus Subcommittee

The HCA represents the social and welfare needs of all graduate students, 2/3 of which live off campus. The Off-Campus Subcommittee is charged with programming on advocating specifically on this constituency’s behalf.

  • Sustainability Subcommittee
  • Transportation Subcommittee
  • Cost of Living Subcommittee

The HCA is responsible for making a data-driven argument to adjust graduate stipend levels each year in order to move with inflation. The Cost of Living Subcommittee is responsible for collecting and processing data from our Cost of Living survey and recommending an appropriate increase.

Meeting Minutes

  • November HCA Meeting (Agenda)
  • January HCA Meeting (Agenda)
  • February HCA Meeting (Agenda)
  • March HCA Meeting (Agenda)
  • Older Meeting Records Available

Past Projects and Proposals

  • Summer Grocery Shuttle
  • Stipends increased by 2.5%
  • Improvements to On-Campus Allocation Process
  • Record-turnout on Northwest Safety Survey
  • Coordination and Publicity of EZRide Home
  • Creation and Oversight of Graduate Dental Programs
  • Task Force on Taxation
  • Task Force for Housing and Residential Life

 

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