Programs & Services

Community Awareness, Advocacy, and Networking

Community Awareness, Advocacy and Networking are key components of the OME Mission. We have designed an array of programs to help students build personal, professional, and social relationships to enhance their MIT experience. The Signature Community Awareness, Advocacy and Networking programs are listed below:

Faculty/Student Mixers

These events are a great opportunity for students to network with Faculty in an informal environment. Held in the fall and spring semesters, these social events offer opportunities for students to interact with members of the OME Faculty Advisory Committee as well as faculty representing a wide range of MIT departments.

Innovations - Community & Public Service

Program Description

Innovations, created in Fall 2010, is a new OME initiative that gives MIT students one-time volunteer opportunities at organizations located in the Cambridge and Boston areas. This initiative was implemented as a result of students’ interest of being involved in the communities surrounding MIT As such, students play an important role in identifying potential organizations to connect with and also work closely with the OME to plan and execute the volunteer events.  

Social Hours/ Lunch & Learn

These events provide networking opportunities for current students to meet and learn from various employers and MIT alumni.

Student Program Fund

The OME Student Program Fund provides grants to partially fund student groups to scale existing programs or to enable their membership to participate in and host activities that support the mission and priorities of the OME.

The OME will award up to $1,000 in matching grants to fund OME student constituent group activities such as conference attendance, hosting guest speakers, or other campus activities that celebrate culture and promote cultural education and understanding.

Student Innovation Fund

The OME Student Innovation Fund provides up to $500 in seed-funding, to help students pilot new program ideas that fulfill the mission of the OME. The OME desires to foster innovation and leadership among our students and this program aims to decrease the barrier posed by a lack of sufficient seed funding.

TGIF (Thank Goodness It's Friday)

One or two Fridays each month, staff and students, gather to relax, chat, and enjoy refreshments on an informal basis. In addition, employers often attend to increase networking opportunities for students.