Prior DSL Brown Bag Series

Building a Better World Through Public Service and Community Engagement, with Kate Trimble– Noon, Monday, April 3.

Our featured guest is Kate Trimble, the new Senior Director of the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, who joined MIT in October 2016. Kate’s professional experience includes advancing community-engaged scholarship at Brown University’s public service center; leading a neighborhood development non-profit agency in Pittsburgh, PA; and developing a national urban policy research agenda at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.  Starting in January 2017, Kate will be working with the PKG Center staff and other stakeholders to develop a new strategic vision and plan for the Center and for public service more broadly at MIT.
Topics to be discussed include:
• Why does public service and community engagement matter at MIT? How does it advance student learning and development? How does it impact and benefit communities?
• Best practices in the field and new directions for service at MIT; PKG Center strategic plan update
• Opportunities for deeper engagement by students, staff, and alumni
 An Overview of MIT’s Residential Education –Noon, Tuesday, February 7

Our featured speaker is Dean Judy Robinson, who leads Residential Education, a newly configured area in the Division of Student Life.  Judy has been with DSL for over six years in a variety of roles supporting students, including crisis management. She has a PhD in Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College, as well as degrees from the University of Connecticut and UMass-Amherst.  Residential education fosters community and individual development through diverse and enriching experiential learning opportunities in MIT residence halls and FSILGS.  It is comprised of several departments including Residential Life Programs, Student Citizenship, FSILGs, Conflict Management, and Crisis Response. By partnering with students, faculty, staff, and alumni, the Res Ed team works to develop a strong living-learning community for all students.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Residence-based peer mentor program

  • FSILG leadership development initiatives

  • Dean on Call crisis response team

  • Bias response team and protocols pilot

"Meet MIT’s Newest Vice President, Suzy Nelson”– Noon, Thursday, December 15.

 Our featured guest is Suzy Nelson, MIT’s new Vice President and Dean for Student Life, who assumed her post on July 1. She brings more than three decades of experience managing student affairs and residential life at Colgate, Harvard, Cornell, and Syracuse. With extraordinary energy and insight, Suzy is now engaging the diverse challenges and opportunities – from building new dormitories to updating the mission of the Division of Student Life, one of the Institute’s largest and most diverse organizations.

Topics to be discussed include:
• Roles and responsibilities of the Vice President/Dean of Student Life
• Key initiatives in MIT Student Life today
• Opportunities for deeper collaboration and alumni involvement

“MIT Admissions Demystified”, Stu Schmill '86 – Noon, Monday, November 7.
Our featured guest is will be Stu Schmill ’86, Dean of Admissions and Student Financial Services who directs some very key areas in the educational enterprise that is MIT. Since his graduation, Stu has served the Institute in a variety of positions, including Director of Crew; Director of Parent, Student, and Young Alumni Programs in the MIT Alumni Association; Director of MIT's Educational Council, since 2008 Dean of Admissions. In 2016 he added Student Financial Services to his portfolio, which includes financial aid and student accounts. He is intimately involved in the process of selecting MIT’s outstanding student body and in overseeing how financial aid is distributed. He travels regularly for MIT nationally and around the world. false is an abridged version of his presentation.
Topics to be discussed include:
• Demystifying the MIT admissions process
• The importance of financial aid in college selection
• How alumni can interact with the process

"Life Learning: Education through Experience, online to in-person" Sally Susnowitz, Director, DSLx Life Learning, April 14, 2016

DSLx Life Learning, in collaboration with the Office of Digital Learning, is creating a new online resource that enables the MIT community to help MIT students learn life-enhancing ideas, information, and skills for their success at MIT and beyond.    The DSLx group is developing an innovative, interactive environment that allows students to create their own learning paths through an array of microlearning materials and modules.  Sally will be discussing next steps and opportunities for alumni engagement.

Sally came to MIT in 1999 to teach, found a great opportunity to direct the Public Service Center (now the PKG Center) through a growth period from 2000-2014, and is now working across campus to develop this exciting new addition to campus life.

is the presentation.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center: Learn to Serve. Serve to Learn

Natalie Britton and Alison Hynd from the newly renamed Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center (PKG Center), joined by MIT undergraduate and graduate students. Natalie is Director for Strategic Initiatives at the PKG Center, and came to MIT two years ago from the University of Texas. Alison is Director for Programs, and has served in a variety of roles at the PKG Center and Edgerton Center over the past dozen years. Topics to be discussed include:
• New name, new Center, new opportunities for student learning
• MIT2016 - Institute collaborations for service
• How MIT students are tackling some of the world’s big challenges
• PKG Center priorities and how we can help you
• Funding opportunities

Friday, September 11, 2015

Student Life: Opportunities and Issues for the new academic year

Henry Humphreys, Senior Associate Dean of Residential Life and Dining Dean Humphreys manages a wide range of Institute campus life issues in his central role in student life. He came to MIT five years ago, after serving at several other major universities, most recently at Boston College. Topics to be discussed include:
• Challenges and opportunities affecting our FSILGs
• Considerations in West Campus planning now underway
• The evolving landscape of MIT student life

Thursday, May 7, 2015
Athletics at MIT - a good story getting better
Julie Soriero, Director of Athletics and Department Head, DAPER
Julie joined MIT in July of 2007 and directs a department that supports one of the most comprehensive athletic and recreational programs in the country. Topics to be explored include:

  • Intercollegiate athletics at MIT by the numbers
  • Student-athlete accolades
  • Popularity of programs  beyond varsity athletics (clubs, intramurals)
  • DAPER fundraising initiatives and priorities
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Student Leadership and Engagement @ MIT
Leah Flynn Gallant, Assistant Dean/Director of Student Leadership & Engagement
Leah has served as the Director for the Office of Student Activities for four years, overseeing the following areas: student organizations and activities, multicultural programs, LGBT@MIT, women's programming, and leadership programs. Participation in the 500+ student groups is a vital and increasingly important aspect of the MIT student experience. Leah will be joined by two students to highlight DSL’s efforts in helping MIT students expand and build upon their leadership capacity. Specifically, they will cover these topics:
  • Programmatic initiatives and opportunities
  • DSL's leadership model and connection to student learning
  • Students' experiences and learning outcomes
  • Priorities and goals of the Student Activities Office

Friday, November 14, 2014
Meeting our mission to work "for the betterment of humankind"
Natalie Britton and Alison Hynd from the MIT Public Service Center (PSC), joined by MIT graduate students,Danya Rumore, Christopher Lee, and Benjamin Maimon. Natalie is Director for Strategic Initiatives at the PSC, and came to MIT a year ago from the University of Texas. Alison is Director for Programs, and has served in a variety of roles at the PSC and Edgerton Center over the past 11 years.  Topics to be explored include:

  • The remarkable ways MIT students aid communities—locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Strengthening connections with MIT alumni and with our local community.
  • PSC needs and priorities.
  • How the PSC can help you.

HERE is Danya's presentation on a community organizing effort in her native Idaho. And HERE is Natalie and Alison's presentation on the PSC. Please note that this Brown Bag presentation led to a Spectrum article highlighting PSC-supported social enterprises that sell great holiday gifts:

Wednesday September 10, 2014
Student Life: Opportunities and Issues for the new academic year
Henry Humphreys, Senior Associate Dean of Residential Life and Dining 
Dean Humphreys is familiar with the full range of MIT campus life issues in his role as Senior Associate Dean for Residential Life and Dining.  Henry came to MIT four years ago, after serving at several other major universities, most recently Boston College.  Topics to be discussed include:

  • Current challenges for undergrad and grad dormitories
  • MIT community response to Boston municipal actions affecting our FSILGs
  • Key expectations for student life in the coming academic year
  • Unique aspects of MIT’s student life approach