Women and Gender Services

Women and Gender Services (WXGS)


Welcome to Women and Gender Services (WXGS) | 3-308

Women and Gender Services (WXGS) is under the department of student life. We support all women students as well as all non-binary students and their intersectional identities through student club support, programs, workshops, education, advocacy and providing resources so students can be their whole selves to thrive at MIT. 

The Margaret Cheney Room is the women and non-binary student center that's open 24/7 via tap access.  There's a zoom room, a lactation/quiet room, a student conference room, lockers, piano, a lounge, a main space/activity room, a kitchen, the WXGS office and so much more. 2-3 times a month there will be intersectional programs and events. Take a look at our sidebar for programs/events page to see what WXGS is up to.

If you're interested in learning more about what we do, how we support our undergrad, grad, and postdoc students and more, then feel free to click our sidebar FAQ page. If you have any additional questions please reach out to us at: wxgs@mit.edu.


The Margaret Cheney Room


The Margaret Cheney Room, MIT's women's student 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) transgender women, cisgender women, non-binary individuals as well as marginalized gender identities.

Click the sidebar to learn more about the Margaret Cheney Room.



Programs and Events Highlight


A full list of monthly 2024 programs is under our Events and Programs page.



Description: Intercultural Engagement (i.e), LBGTQ+, Women and Gender Services (WXGS, the Institute Community and Equity Office (ICEO), the Office of Graduate Education (OGE) and the Office of Minority Education (OME) warmly invite you to the 2024 RISE Awards ceremony.



Self-Defense Class Presented by WXGS, LBGTQ+ Services, VPR, and IMPACT Boston

Description: Join WXGS, LBGTQ+ Services, and IMPACT Boston for a FREE full-impact, trauma-informed self-defense class taught by trained instructors from IMPACT Boston. You will gain verbal and physical tools to more safely and effectively advocate for yourself and others. This class will center on the experiences of all women and non-binary communities intersecting with LBGTQ+ identities, and all MIT students are welcome to attend. 

Free registration is required. Please note that all information you share will be confidential and will not be shared. WXGS, LBGTQ+, and IMPACT staff will only have access to the information. 



Keep In Touch!


Follow us on Instagram and join our listserv so you don't miss announcements and programs and events.  In addition to sharing our programs, we spotlight women figures past and present, share educational resources and support, highlight women's conferences that students can attend, and much more.