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MIT Reboot

November 2-11

UPDATED NOVEMBER 17, 2020

Thank you for partcipating in this year's #MITReboot2020! Revisit past events below and explore new ways to take a break. Support resources and ask.mit will continue to be available indefinitely.

Three individuals wearing chef jackes and aprons with MIT Reboot logo.

 

2020 is not normal but the MIT community hasn’t missed a beat. A pandemic, social unrest and a really important election has left us with the need to take care of ourselves.

The recent pulse survey indicated 50% of students felt isolated and that 70% felt overwhelmed. A committee of students and staff came together to talk about ways in which we could literally - REBOOT.

MIT Reboot is a time to recharge and take a break. We are inviting students, staff and faculty to find moments to refresh and enjoy one of the many events being held. We encourage you to review the schedule and participate in any way that works for you.

Please note: Activities and events highlighted below are open to all members of the MIT Community (students, residents, faculty, staff, etc.) unless noted otherwise. Please be advised, however, that on-campus programs are subject to all MIT Covid-19 policies and are only available to active Covid Pass users (including partners, spouses, and dependents), who are up-to-date with all requirements and are authorized to access campus.

ALL WEEK

Hosted by the MIT Reboot 2020 Committee

  • Description: Do you love your pets? Do you smile when you see pictures and videos of animals?
    • Connect virtually with a community of fellow pet lovers at MIT by joining our “Pets of MIT” facebook group and share your pics, videos, and memes  

Please note: Activities and events highlighted below are open to all members of the MIT Community (students, residents, faculty, staff, etc.) unless noted otherwise. Please be advised, however, that on-campus programs are subject to all MIT Covid-19 policies and are only available to active Covid Pass users (including partners, spouses, and dependents), who are up-to-date with all requirements and are authorized to access campus.

Hosted by MIT CRU

  • Description: May we together lament what we have lost and find hope in what we have found!” Please post what you have found and what have you lost during the last 8 months on our MIT Community Kudos Board! Post on the virtual kudos board here.

Please note: Activities and events highlighted below are open to all members of the MIT Community (students, residents, faculty, staff, etc.) unless noted otherwise. Please be advised, however, that on-campus programs are subject to all MIT Covid-19 policies and are only available to active Covid Pass users (including partners, spouses, and dependents), who are up-to-date with all requirements and are authorized to access campus.

Hosted by Mind Hand Heart and the MIT Reboot 2020 Committee

Description: As part of Reboot Week, MindHandHeart and the Division of Student Life are launching a Community Quilt to connect MIT community members scattered across the globe.

All MIT students, postdocs, staff, faculty, families, alumni, and families (spouses, partners, and children) are invited to contribute a square drawing answering the question: "Where do you find hope?"

In January, the squares will be combined into a digital quilt. At a later date, the squares will be turned into fabric quilts that will be displayed across MIT's campus. No drawing skills are necessary and simple designs are welcome.

Please note: Activities and events highlighted below are open to all members of the MIT Community (students, residents, faculty, staff, etc.) unless noted otherwise. Please be advised, however, that on-campus programs are subject to all MIT Covid-19 policies and are only available to active Covid Pass users (including partners, spouses, and dependents), who are up-to-date with all requirements and are authorized to access campus.

Hosted by Community Wellness at MIT Medical

  • Description: This live, 20-minute class offered by MIT Medical, is a combination of simple stretches to release tension in the body and guided meditation to release tension in the mind.
  • Time: 12:00-12:15 pm and 5:00-5:20pm (EST)
  • Link: Visit MIT Medical for more information on future guided relaxation, classes, and other available resources.

Please note: Activities and events highlighted below are open to all members of the MIT Community (students, residents, faculty, staff, etc.) unless noted otherwise. Please be advised, however, that on-campus programs are subject to all MIT Covid-19 policies and are only available to active Covid Pass users (including partners, spouses, and dependents), who are up-to-date with all requirements and are authorized to access campus.

Hosted by the Office of Graduate Education

  • Description: Zoomed out? Join the #ConnectedMIT Challenge and stay connected to the MIT community and yourself while physically distancing. Whether you are on-campus or fully remote, each day we will have a small challenge for you such as “host a virtual lab/research group hangout” or “take a virtual dance class with MIT Ballroom.” Want to join? Here’s what to do:
    • Meet the challenge
    • Snap a picture of yourself doing it, or something you see while you're doing it
    • Post about it on social media: identify which challenge it is and tag us!
    • Optional: Challenge another friend as well!
    • Prizes will be awarded each week of the challenge.

Rules

  • (1) You must be a currently registered MIT graduate student to enter.
  • (2) Posts must be on your own social media account on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
  • (3) Each post must consist of an image, text that identifies which challenge you are meeting, the hashtag #ConnectedMIT, and GradLink tag:
    • For Facebook, tag MIT GradLink and hashtag #ConnectedMIT
    • For Instagram, tag @mitgradstudents and hashtag #ConnectedMIT
    • For Twitter, tag @MITGradStudents and hashtag #ConnectedMIT
  • If your account is private, you must also take a screenshot of your post and email it to gradlink@mit.edu so we can record your participation.
  • (4) Post must be made within 7 days of completing the day's challenge.
  • (5) Each post that meets the above critera will consist of one entry for the prize drawing.
  • (6) A prize will be awarded for a post on each platform (one on FB, one for Twitter, one for Instagram) each Monday from submissions made during the preceding week.
  • (7) Prizes will consist of a $25 gift certificate to either Amazon, Starbucks, or American Express.
  • (8) If your post is selected as the week's winner, we will contact you via the platform to request your name and MIT Kerberos ID (NOT your password). Once we verify you are a curent student, we will email you your gift certificate!
  • (9) Students are only eligible for one prize per week.

Please note: Activities and events highlighted below are open to all members of the MIT Community (students, residents, faculty, staff, etc.) unless noted otherwise. Please be advised, however, that on-campus programs are subject to all MIT Covid-19 policies and are only available to active Covid Pass users (including partners, spouses, and dependents), who are up-to-date with all requirements and are authorized to access campus.

Hosted by the Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life (ORSEL)

  • Description: A recent survey found that 46% of young adults had tried on a new spiritual practice in response to the 2020 pandemic. Maybe meditation, prayer, spiritual conversation, or ethical reflection could be a part of your life, too. Check out the opportunities at the Office of Religious, Spiritual and Ethical Life website.

Please note: Activities and events highlighted below are open to all members of the MIT Community (students, residents, faculty, staff, etc.) unless noted otherwise. Please be advised, however, that on-campus programs are subject to all MIT Covid-19 policies and are only available to active Covid Pass users (including partners, spouses, and dependents), who are up-to-date with all requirements and are authorized to access campus.

  • Description: MIT @250 is an independently-hosted support activity free to the community. Created by a staff member at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, the intention is to help students, faculty, staff, their families, friends, and the global community to reflect and recharge during a time of stress and uncertainty. There is no prerequisite to join. For more information visit at250.mit.edu.
  • Link: https://mit.zoom.us/j/94314028302

Please note: Activities and events highlighted below are open to all members of the MIT Community (students, residents, faculty, staff, etc.) unless noted otherwise. Please be advised, however, that on-campus programs are subject to all MIT Covid-19 policies and are only available to active Covid Pass users (including partners, spouses, and dependents), who are up-to-date with all requirements and are authorized to access campus.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2

Hosted by the MIT Reboot 2020 Committee

Description: At noon and 5 pm on Monday, November 2nd we encourage the MIT community to ‘take a break’. All MIT faculty, staff and students are encouraged to use these 15 minutes to literally - reboot, refresh, relax. Examples of how to spend these 15 mins look like: a nature walk, guided meditation, stretching (link to Zoom/recording), breathing exercises, meeting a buddy to get coffee/tea/snack, not working or doing psets!

  • Stretch with Steph
  • Noon Unwind: Guided Relaxation Class (Virtual)
  • 5PM Unwind: Guided Relaxation Class (Virtual)

Please note: Activities and events highlighted below are open to all members of the MIT Community (students, residents, faculty, staff, etc.) unless noted otherwise. Please be advised, however, that on-campus programs are subject to all MIT Covid-19 policies and are only available to active Covid Pass users (including partners, spouses, and dependents), who are up-to-date with all requirements and are authorized to access campus.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3

Hosted by the MIT Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life (ORSEL)​

The #ShineOnTheVote campaign is led by +peace (pluspeace.org)

  • Description: Join peacebuilders around the United States to gather & Shine On The Vote in your own community. At 8:30PM (or after your precinct has closed), step outside to light a candle, shine a flashlight, turn on a porch light, or carry a lantern. Using a light source will identify you as someone who is looking for a peaceful, free, fair, respectful & safe democratic electoral process. Together, we will Shine on the Vote.

Please note: Activities and events highlighted below are open to all members of the MIT Community (students, residents, faculty, staff, etc.) unless noted otherwise. Please be advised, however, that on-campus programs are subject to all MIT Covid-19 policies and are only available to active Covid Pass users (including partners, spouses, and dependents), who are up-to-date with all requirements and are authorized to access campus.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4

Hosted by DAPER, Instructor: Sabbi

  • Description: Starting with gentle stretching postures, the class will move through sun salutations and work toward a peak posture that gets you focused and ready for the day. Modifications to postures will be suggested. Yoga mat or carpet recommended. 

Please note: Activities and events highlighted below are open to all members of the MIT Community (students, residents, faculty, staff, etc.) unless noted otherwise. Please be advised, however, that on-campus programs are subject to all MIT Covid-19 policies and are only available to active Covid Pass users (including partners, spouses, and dependents), who are up-to-date with all requirements and are authorized to access campus.

Hosted by MIT CRU

Description: We invite you to join us for a communal practice of reflection and sharing as we explore two simple questions: During the past 8 months “What have you lost?” And “What have you found?” In considering these, we may together lament what we have lost and find hope in what we have found. Lament is an important human function that allows us to grieve the pain of our circumstances and to tangibly mourn things lost. Hope is also an important aspect of human flourishing that gives us perspective on our reality. By sharing things lost and found during this time, we can learn from one another ways in which we are strong, in which we can persevere, and in which we can encourage one another in joy and optimism. Come for the virtual gathering on November 4th and/or post your answers to these two questions on the message board. 

Please note: Activities and events highlighted below are open to all members of the MIT Community (students, residents, faculty, staff, etc.) unless noted otherwise. Please be advised, however, that on-campus programs are subject to all MIT Covid-19 policies and are only available to active Covid Pass users (including partners, spouses, and dependents), who are up-to-date with all requirements and are authorized to access campus.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5

Hosted by DAPER, Instructor: Anna

  • Description: Pilates is a core-focused workout that improves your alignment, balance, strength and flexibility. The mat-based exercises strengthen the muscles around the spine and pelvis to help prevent injuries. Yoga mat, rug, or carpet recommended.

Please note: Activities and events highlighted below are open to all members of the MIT Community (students, residents, faculty, staff, etc.) unless noted otherwise. Please be advised, however, that on-campus programs are subject to all MIT Covid-19 policies and are only available to active Covid Pass users (including partners, spouses, and dependents), who are up-to-date with all requirements and are authorized to access campus.

Hosted by the Office of Religious, Spiritual and Ethical Life (ORSEL)

Description: What is a good life, or a healthy community, when our culture and society have been so completely disrupted that we’re struggling to imagine what our collective future looks like?

Join others in the MIT community for the first-ever community discussion event around “Staying Human,” a brand new podcast special hosted by Greg M. Epstein, the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard and MIT, Convener for Ethical Life at MIT’s Office of Religious, Spiritual and Ethical Life (ORSEL)​. "Staying Human" is about faith—in each other, and in our common humanity—amid distance, anxiety, grief, and injustice, during the global COVID-19 pandemic.​

All in the MIT community are warmly invited to attend this initial discussion, sponsored by ORSEL. Listening to the special in advance is encouraged but not required. "Staying Human" is produced with support from MindHandHeart.

Please note: Activities and events highlighted below are open to all members of the MIT Community (students, residents, faculty, staff, etc.) unless noted otherwise. Please be advised, however, that on-campus programs are subject to all MIT Covid-19 policies and are only available to active Covid Pass users (including partners, spouses, and dependents), who are up-to-date with all requirements and are authorized to access campus.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6

Hosted by DAPER, Instructor: Sabbi

  • Description: The class will start with a warmup and sun salutations, and then head toward postures that work on strength and flexibility. Yoga Mat or Carpet recommended.

Please note: Activities and events highlighted below are open to all members of the MIT Community (students, residents, faculty, staff, etc.) unless noted otherwise. Please be advised, however, that on-campus programs are subject to all MIT Covid-19 policies and are only available to active Covid Pass users (including partners, spouses, and dependents), who are up-to-date with all requirements and are authorized to access campus.

Hosted by SaveTFP

  • Description: Come learn to knit or crochet from fellow MIT knitters and walk away with a new, relaxing hobby!

Please note: Activities and events highlighted below are open to all members of the MIT Community (students, residents, faculty, staff, etc.) unless noted otherwise. Please be advised, however, that on-campus programs are subject to all MIT Covid-19 policies and are only available to active Covid Pass users (including partners, spouses, and dependents), who are up-to-date with all requirements and are authorized to access campus.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7

Hosted by DAPER, Instructor: MIT Student, Jaclyn

  • Description: No machines? No problem! Boost your metabolism and build your total body strength in this action-packed class that’s suitable for all fitness levels and exercise environments.

Please note: Activities and events highlighted below are open to all members of the MIT Community (students, residents, faculty, staff, etc.) unless noted otherwise. Please be advised, however, that on-campus programs are subject to all MIT Covid-19 policies and are only available to active Covid Pass users (including partners, spouses, and dependents), who are up-to-date with all requirements and are authorized to access campus.

Hosted by DAPER

  • Description: Come to Rockwell Gym and test your range against other students on campus. Much like the college basketball 3 point contest, you will have 5 racks of 5 balls to shoot around the 3 point arc while under a time limit.  The student with the highest score will win an intramural championship shirt!

Please note: Activities and events highlighted below are open to all members of the MIT Community (students, residents, faculty, staff, etc.) unless noted otherwise. Please be advised, however, that on-campus programs are subject to all MIT Covid-19 policies and are only available to active Covid Pass users (including partners, spouses, and dependents), who are up-to-date with all requirements and are authorized to access campus.

Hosted by Jeff Saint Dic

  • Description: Join me! Area Director Jeff of MacGregor House, for a nice fall walk along the Charles River. You will enjoy the fresh air and get your body moving from sitting all day. We can talk about anything or stay in complete silence. Both options work well with me. We will start by Next House and walk towards East Campus.

Please note: Activities and events highlighted below are open to all members of the MIT Community (students, residents, faculty, staff, etc.) unless noted otherwise. Please be advised, however, that on-campus programs are subject to all MIT Covid-19 policies and are only available to active Covid Pass users (including partners, spouses, and dependents), who are up-to-date with all requirements and are authorized to access campus.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8

No official events today.

The resources on the Wellbeing and Support page are provided to help you maintain a healthy physical and mental lifestyle that includes staying connected with others and finding a sense of purpose.

Looking for more tips on how to stay well? Follow the @MITsupport and @MITgradstudents on Instagram for tips and resources shared by the UA Support and Wellness committee and MIT Grad Link!

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9

Hosted by DAPER

  • Description: Stop by to casually play Cornhole, Giant Connect 4, Giant Jenga, and Kuub (a Scandanavian game involving taking aim at wood blocks)! No prior experience or registration needed. Join us and hang out for as long as you’d like. This event is weather pending.

Please note: Activities and events highlighted below are open to all members of the MIT Community (students, residents, faculty, staff, etc.) unless noted otherwise. Please be advised, however, that on-campus programs are subject to all MIT Covid-19 policies and are only available to active Covid Pass users (including partners, spouses, and dependents), who are up-to-date with all requirements and are authorized to access campus.

Hosted by MIT Reboot 2020 Committee

  • Description: Do you love your pets? Do you smile when you see pictures and videos of animals? We invite you to participate in any or all of the following:

Please note: Activities and events highlighted below are open to all members of the MIT Community (students, residents, faculty, staff, etc.) unless noted otherwise. Please be advised, however, that on-campus programs are subject to all MIT Covid-19 policies and are only available to active Covid Pass users (including partners, spouses, and dependents), who are up-to-date with all requirements and are authorized to access campus.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10

Hosted by the Office of Religious, Spiritual and Ethical Life (ORSEL)

  • Description: Unfiltered Conversations is an intentional space for you to explore with others how anxiety is impacting your present human experience. You will have the opportunity to be honest about what is causing stress in your life and how it is affecting you. You will be in a conversation group of 4-5 others led by a facilitator. As you connect, share, and reflect, you will also learn some simple practices to help you cope with anxiety and bring peace. Don’t let anxiety rob you of life. Come for an Unfiltered Conversation. Full description at www.mitcru.com/unfilteredconversations.

Please note: Activities and events highlighted below are open to all members of the MIT Community (students, residents, faculty, staff, etc.) unless noted otherwise. Please be advised, however, that on-campus programs are subject to all MIT Covid-19 policies and are only available to active Covid Pass users (including partners, spouses, and dependents), who are up-to-date with all requirements and are authorized to access campus.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11

Hosted by the Student Organizations Leadership & Engagement Office (SOLE) and The Office of Multicultural Programs (OMP)

  • Description: Inspired by the well-known ChilledCow radio stream, MIT is excited to announce that we will be hosting a community-focused DJ set, spun by local Cambridge/Boston DJ Badora. Come swing by whenever to listen to lowfi hip-hop, chat with community members, and relax. 

Please note: Activities and events highlighted below are open to all members of the MIT Community (students, residents, faculty, staff, etc.) unless noted otherwise. Please be advised, however, that on-campus programs are subject to all MIT Covid-19 policies and are only available to active Covid Pass users (including partners, spouses, and dependents), who are up-to-date with all requirements and are authorized to access campus.

Hosted by DAPER

  • Description: Stop by to casually play Cornhole, Giant Connect 4, Giant Jenga, and Kuub (a Scandanavian game involving taking aim at wood blocks)! No prior experience or registration needed. Join us and hang out for as long as you’d like. This event is weather pending.

Please note: Activities and events highlighted below are open to all members of the MIT Community (students, residents, faculty, staff, etc.) unless noted otherwise. Please be advised, however, that on-campus programs are subject to all MIT Covid-19 policies and are only available to active Covid Pass users (including partners, spouses, and dependents), who are up-to-date with all requirements and are authorized to access campus.

Hosted by the Student Organizations Leadership & Engagement Office (SOLE) and The Office of Multicultural Programs (OMP)

  • Description: Come hang out virtually on the MIT campus through the comfort of your own home. Using the gather.town platform, you will have the ability to meet at Killian Court and play BINGO. The first three students to turn in their BINGO sheet wins a prize and there will also be chances to win participatory prizes.

Please note: Activities and events highlighted below are open to all members of the MIT Community (students, residents, faculty, staff, etc.) unless noted otherwise. Please be advised, however, that on-campus programs are subject to all MIT Covid-19 policies and are only available to active Covid Pass users (including partners, spouses, and dependents), who are up-to-date with all requirements and are authorized to access campus.

Hosted by MIT Dining

  • Description: Stop by the before or after testing at the Johnson testing location for some individually wrapped snacks to go!

Please note: Activities and events highlighted below are open to all members of the MIT Community (students, residents, faculty, staff, etc.) unless noted otherwise. Please be advised, however, that on-campus programs are subject to all MIT Covid-19 policies and are only available to active Covid Pass users (including partners, spouses, and dependents), who are up-to-date with all requirements and are authorized to access campus.

Hosted by DAPER, Instructor: MIT Student, An

  • Description: Ditch the workout, Join the Party”. 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!

Please note: Activities and events highlighted below are open to all members of the MIT Community (students, residents, faculty, staff, etc.) unless noted otherwise. Please be advised, however, that on-campus programs are subject to all MIT Covid-19 policies and are only available to active Covid Pass users (including partners, spouses, and dependents), who are up-to-date with all requirements and are authorized to access campus.

Hosted by DAPER, Instructor: MIT Student, Liz

  • Description: Ditch the workout, Join the Party”. 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!

Please note: Activities and events highlighted below are open to all members of the MIT Community (students, residents, faculty, staff, etc.) unless noted otherwise. Please be advised, however, that on-campus programs are subject to all MIT Covid-19 policies and are only available to active Covid Pass users (including partners, spouses, and dependents), who are up-to-date with all requirements and are authorized to access campus.