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.
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.
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.
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.
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