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What We Wish People Knew About Womxn’s Health (Monday, October 26th, 12 PM to 1 PM)

Join medical experts specializing in women’s health, reproductive health, mental health and trans-women’s health share their thoughts on what more people need to know about their fields! This session will address key issues in womxn’s health that are often under-discussed, and address resources at MIT and beyond that work to keep our community healthy.
We will reimburse up to $7 for a snack or coffee during the event for those that RSVP and attend, so save your receipt. Please consider ordering food from a Black owned business, several of which you can find here.

Register here.

Zumba Workshop (Monday, October 26th, 8 PM to 9 PM)

Luckily quarantine doesn’t mean you can’t still get a great workout dancing in your room! Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International music /dance themes that create a dynamic and exciting, yet easy to follow, class. It combines high energy and motivating music with unique moves and combinations making for a “feel-happy” workout that is great for both the body and the mind! Join us for a free 1-hour Zumba class with a certified instructor.

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Design Thinking Workshop (Tuesday, October 27th, 1 PM – 2 PM)

Careers are ill-defined, “wicked” problems. Learn how proven design thinking mindsets like curiosity, bias to action, reframing, and collaboration can help you design and build your career in the face of all the unknowns, especially in a pandemic. Practice and take home valuable tools and questions to explore and develop a career that works for you. Designing Your Life (DYL) is a career exploration approach pioneered by Stanford design faculty, publicized in the best-selling book by professors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. This workshop will be led by MIT staff, who attended the first-ever DYL training at Stanford.

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Keynote Address (Wednesday, October 28th, 12 PM to 1 PM)

Ritu Raman is the founder of the Women in Innovation and STEM Database at MIT (WISDM). WISDM is a curated searchable database of women in STEM and Innovation at MIT that makes it easy to find talented and diverse innovators to speak at events, collaborate on new ventures, or serve as key opinion leaders on emerging technology. WISDM is more than a website – it’s a community that elevates and promotes the visibility of MIT women. The session will start with a talk from Ritu Raman followed by a Q&A session.
We will reimburse up to $7 for a snack or coffee during the event for those that RSVP and attend, so save your receipt. Please consider ordering food from a Black owned business, several of which you can find here.

Register here.

Wellness During COVID with Zan Barry (Thursday, October 29th, 2 PM to 3 PM)

This session will address practical tips for self-care during stressful times. It will provide resources for working from home, including managing boundaries, attention, stress, and sleep. Information on graduate student resources available through MIT will be provided.
Facilitator: Zan Barry, MIT Medical
Dr. Susanna (Zan) Barry is a Senior Program Manager in Community Wellness at MIT Medical. Her preventive health programs at MIT include stress reduction, sleep health, mindfulness, and new ways of managing motivation and meaning in an era of distributed work.
We will reimburse up to $7 for a snack or coffee during the event for those that RSVP and attend, so save your receipt. Please consider ordering food from a Black owned business, several of which you can find here.

Register here.

Speed Networking with womxn at MIT (Friday, October 30th, 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM)

WFH means it can be even harder than usual to meet new people outside your department at MIT. Come join us for one hour of “speed networking” with MIT womxn graduate students. We’ll have small rotating breakout room groups and some fun questions so that you can meet new womxn at MIT in a relaxed environment. Please sign up ahead of time so we can assign groups. We will reimburse up to $7 for a snack or coffee during the event for those that RSVP and attend, so save your receipt. Please consider ordering food from a Black owned business, several of which you can find here. Happy zooming!

Register here.

Other Endorsed Events

Women in Biotech Panel (Monday, October 26th, 4 PM to 5 PM)

Come listen to our three panelists speak about their career paths, the transition from academia to industry, their experiences as women in biotech, and what’s in store for the future. Our panelists include:
·       Dr. Josephine Harada, VP of Business Development at Thrive Earlier Detection
·       Dr. Michelle Rooks, Senior Principal Scientist at Pfizer
·       Dr. Emily Florine, Associate Director of Program Management at Cyclerion Therapeutics

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Motivation Strategies for MIT Students (Wednesday, October 28th, 12:30 PM to 1 PM)

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Noon Unwind and 5 pm Unwind (12 PM and 5 PM)

Relaxation classes from MIT Medical every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday by Zan Barry.
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Charity Drive

While acknowledging that COVID-19 has brought financial hardships to many, we invite you to donate to the Loveland Foundation, if you are able to. The Loveland Foundation is a charity that supports communities of color, with a particular focus on Black women and girls.

To learn more about the Loveland foundation and to donate, please visit: https://thelovelandfoundation.org/

WISDM
The most valuable conversations are sparked by diverse voices. WISDM makes those voices easier to find. Support women in STEM: join, share, and use WISDM in your community to ensure that women’s voices, stories, and perspectives are a part of every conversation.
Join: mitii.news/joinWISDM
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