Celebrating MS&PC's 50th Anniversary

April 22-23, 2022 Events - Register now!

Online Events and Activities

Zoom Sessions

Travel Information

Volunteer Opportunities

Our History

 

April 22-23, 2022 Events

We will kick off Friday morning with an opening event for our members, alums, and campus partners. Our volunteers will host variety of events and activities throughout Friday and Saturday. We will end the festivities with a celebration party on Saturday evening.

To receive a detailed schedule for Friday & Saturday and registration links for our outings & tours, please register here: bit.ly/mspc50reg

To RSVP for our Friday morning event, reply to our invitation.

 

Online Events and Activities

We know not everyone can travel to Boston for our in-person festivities on April 22 and 23, but there are other ways you can participate!

  • Share your stories and messages on our KudoBoard! Email spousesandpartners@mit.edu for the passcode to log in and share your message. Only people who have the passcode can view and post on the board, and you can also post anonymously.
  • Join our virtual book club - this semester we are reading Jhumpa Lahiri's book, The Namesake
  • Make a donation - every gift strengthens our network!

 

Zoom Sessions

We have created a whole program with different online and in-person events that is dedicated to the history of MIT Spouses & Partners Connect and will be presented from different perspectives. You will have a chance to talk to our long time alums and current members, ask your questions about how the community started, and listen to the stories of people who walked the same path as you to a new chapter and a new life in the US.

Do you live in a time zone that makes it hard to attend these sessions? Let us know and we can send you a recording!

Wednesday, March 2 / 6 pm EST
THE WORLD COMES TO US - a live conversation with MIT Spouses & Partners Connect staff, past and present. Meet Jennifer Recklet Tassi, Jessica Barton (former Director), and Viktoria Palesheva and learn more about MIT Spouses & Partners Connect's history and how this network has evolved over time. Hear more about what it's like to work at MIT with people from all over the world. 
             
Monday, March 14 / 11 am EST
YOUR STORY IS OUR STORY - Linda Strom, an MS&PC alum in Seattle has been interviewing other alums and collecting their stories for our 50th anniversary history project. Join Linda for a live conversation with the participants and hear about the experiences of our alums over the years and the miles.

Monday, April 4 / 6 pm EST
BUILDING A NEW LIFE IN THE US As we read The Namesake together, we are talking a lot about adapting to a new country and raising children outside of one's country/culture. Meet MS&PC alums who have settled in the US after their MIT experience. Hear their stories about how they built a life in the US and ask your questions about their journeys and challenges. This will be a great opportunity to meet people from your home country and those who live in your local area. 

 

Travel Information

While it is challenging to plan our 50th anniversary celebration in the middle of a pandemic, we are dedicated to and excited about offering some in-person, on-campus experiences for our members, alums, and campus partners. As you make your plans to travel to MIT, we want to share the current conditions on campus. Please read more about campus access here.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

As you know, volunteers are the lifeblood of MS&PC. Your ideas, talents, and energy are what powers our program. From design to event planning and everything in between, we want to work with you!

On campus and around Boston on April 22-23

  • Photograph our events and activities
  • Lead an activity or outing around the Boston area for our members and alums
  • Help out at our opening and closing events
  • Tour your neighborhood with an MS&PC alum

From anywhere

Are you ready to get involved? Email us at spousesandpartners@mit.edu.

 

Our History

Dr. Charlotte Green Schwartz established MIT Spouses & Partners in 1972. At that time, she worked as a psychologist and a researcher at MIT Medical. Her research revolved around internationals at MIT and how they integrated into the MIT community. During her studies, she recognized the need for a support group for the wives of students, postdocs, and visiting faculty. She wanted to give these women a group that they could call their own, where they could meet other women in the same situation. See MS&PC's timeline here.