Women@MIT - The Margaret Cheney Room

Welcome to the Margaret Cheney Room!

The Margaret Cheney Room, MIT's women's community center, was founded in 1884 in recognition of the fact that women have traditionally been denied a safe space of their own, especially in the STEM fields. In light of its founding mission, the Cheney Room exists to promote community and empower all students at MIT who experience gender-based systems of oppression. This includes (but is not limited to) self-identified women, transgender women, and non-binary individuals.

We've gone digital!

As with everything, COVID-19 has forced us to close the physical space that is our beloved Cheney Room. But fear not, we're here for you digitally during this trying time! The Cheney Room is as committed as ever to being a go-to point for woman-identified and nonbinary students. Come hang out at our Virtual Margaret Cheney Room, and check out our events below!

Virtual Margaret Cheney Room

The Virtual Margaret Cheney Room is a digital space that’s always available for you to hang out, study in groups, or relax with your friends. It is a Gather.town space built by Cheney Room coordinator Daniella Gáti in the likeness of the physical space, and it features private study spaces for groups with video, voice and text chat, as well as an assortment of games and TV for you to relax during study breaks.

Go to the Virtual Cheney Room here: https://gather.town/app/m31r4gzD26Nf8oAq/cheney-room. In order to respect the safety of the Cheney Room community, the space is password-protected. Please contact Daniella at dgati@mit.edu to request the password.

Announcing: "Hang Time" at the Virtual Cheney Room!

Come hang out with Nailah, our student staff person who can help with questions on the space or just hang out and chat. Nailah will be in the space at:

Mondays 12-1pm
Tuesdays 8-9pm
Wednesdays 7-8pm
Thursdays 1-2pm
Fridays 11am-12pm

Our Upcoming Events:

Better Sleep with Relaxation and Yoga, with Zan Barry (part of "viva la COvida! Life Under COVID" series)

Event Link (Engage): https://engage.mit.edu/event/6540670​

Data Feminism - Talk by Catherine D'Ignazio (part of the Feminism+ series)

Event Link (Engage): https://engage.mit.edu/actioncenter/organization/sole/events/calendar/details/6540731