How to Get Involved

A recent letter from President Reif outlined the various ways the campus is gathering input from stakeholders to plan our course through the remainder of the COVID-19 crisis.

Committees seeking grad student voices

Here we place the Institute committee and adjacent positions where you can chart MIT’s course through COVID-19. Fill out this form to apply to any Institute Representative position.

Task Force 2021:

Task Force 2021 is gathering future-facing ideas for MIT in the post pandemic world. Please submit your ideas at this link.

Student Solutions Group:

This is a new portal through which students (grad and undergrad) can enter into the campus’ conversations about adapting to the challenges of the COVID-19 era. 

In an effort to keep our community safe while we return to work (and perhaps later, classes), MIT is creating the MIT COVID-19 Response System (MCRS), a collaboration between researchers on campus and at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory. The MCRS will incorporate, integrate, and visualize campus data to help MIT’s medical and operational leaders make informed decisions with the goal of enabling MIT’s mission while limiting the spread of the virus. The Student Solutions Group will contribute to efforts to advance the response system, but also will be involved in MIT’s COVID-19 efforts more broadly and will promote effective engagement of, and communication with, students.

The SSG will be organized into “wings” which focus on different sets of issues, for example: 

  • Research safety
  • International student support
  • Residential life
  • Campus life
  • Academic policy (grading, degree requirements, etc)
  • Undergrad education

SSG members will be updated on and engaged in conversations about how we adapt as a campus, and drawn into ad hoc COVID-19-related Institute committees based on their stated interests and background.

To join, simply fill out this form.


Legal, Ethical, Equity Committee:

The Legal, Ethical and Equity (LEE) Working Group is a committee of MIT’s new MIT COVID-19 Response System (CMRS, formerly CCHMS). CMRS has been tasked with providing data and updated operational procedures in order to enable MIT to safely begin the process of welcoming people back to campus and find ways to thrive through the pandemic. As this will require collecting human-sourced information and data for an operational system (rather than for a research project), the LEE group was set up to provide legal and ethical oversight and ensure the process is equitable across the MIT Community. See their recent LEE committee update.

The committee seeks to add two grad student members to provide critical input. Grad students with leadership or design experience, or relevant domain knowledge in law, ethics, and data science are encouraged to apply through the GSC Institute Committee rep form.