External Affairs Board (EAB)


The External Affairs Board coordinates the external affairs and activities of the GSC, including relationships with organizations outside MIT; political advocacy at all levels of government; community outreach, education, and service; and statements of the positions of the GSC or the graduate student body on issues of significance to the welfare of graduate students at MIT.

Come to one of our Upcoming Meetings!

Sign up for our email list or contact us at gsc-eab@mit.edu

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The Board is led by Chair Jordan Harrod and Vice-Chair Benjamin Lane. For a full list of all board members, click here.

The Board has 5 subcommittees:

  • Subcommittee on Federal Affairs – Responsible for all communications, collaboration, and advocacy with the federal government of the United States
  • Subcommittee on State and Local Affairs – Responsible for all communications, collaboration, and advocacy with state and local governments
  • Subcommittee of the University Liaison – Responsible for all communications, collaboration, and actions with other graduate student governments and related associations
  • Subcommittee on Public Outreach – Responsible for activities to communicate the public benefits of science, especially to Americans without scientific training.
  • Subcommittee on Development – Responsible for developing new advocacy methods and opportunities, document and evaluate established advocacy methods and opportunities, and to engage with all kinds of policy stakeholders in these tasks.

Special Note for International Students: If you are an international student and want to contribute to our political advocacy work, come to our External Affairs meetings! International students are allowed to communicate with US officials and join political advocacy efforts. If you need to solve an individual visa or work authorization problem, contact the MIT International Students Office (ISO).

The External Affairs Board Bylaws can be seen here. Note that the EAB is also governed by Article II.G.11 of the GSC Bylaws.

GSC Positions & Statements

GSC Policy Platform
GSC Position Statements + Letters
Advocacy Resources

Current Projects + Ongoing Work

2021 Student Advocacy Seminar

Past Work

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