Newcomers Connect


“I love asking new arrivals how they feel—it’s a simple action—but because I have been experiencing the same problems, I can understand how they may be feeling.”

Read more about Erika Sanhueza Pinto's story.


As of March 2020 - our meetings/ gatherings are held on Zoom. You can find the link of the respective meetings/ gatherings on our events calendar, and our private Facebook Group.


Newcomers Office Hours

Hosted by the MIT Spouses & Partners Connect staff, our weekly Newcomers Office Hour is a great opportunity to ask questions and get the information you need to start your life at MIT. Check the calendar for the next meeting.



Every fall we collaborate with the MIT Graduate Student Council to provide events that help you meet new people and get the information you need to begin a new life in Boston. Past events include a Learning Fair, Stroller Friendly Campus Tour, Scavenger Hunt, and many other events.


Wednesday meetings

Come enjoy a different activity and meet other spouses every Wednesday. Every week we invite speakers from MIT, the community, or our group to share their expertise; visit interesting places in Boston; or socialize around art and fitness.

  • When: Wednesdays from 3-5 p.m., from February to May and from September to December (unless otherwise noted on the calendar). The room opens at 3 p.m. for socializing. The activity begins at 3:15 p.m. and usually lasts about one hour.
  • Where: As of March 2020 - our weekly gatherings are held on Zoom. You can find the link on our events calendar, and the password in our weekly email update (subscribe here) and our private Facebook Group.


Interest groups and classes

Our interest groups and classes are created and led by members. Members can come together to share interests and learn something new - from book discussion to cooking to fitness to parent-child playgroups.

Check our calendar for a complete listing of our groups and classes.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? You can create your own interest group. Write to us and we'll help you get started!


Private consultations

Our Program Manager, Jennifer Recklet Tassi, can provide a private consultation where you can ask questions and discuss whatever is on your mind. Please sign up in advance for a 30 minute private appointment here: Appointments are available at various times during the week.