MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2017 Activities by Category - Public Service and Community Outreach

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Active Shooter/Violent Intruder Awareness & Response Training

David M. Barber, Emergency & Business Continuity Planner

Jan/10 Tue 01:30PM-03:00PM 4-231
Jan/11 Wed 09:30AM-11:00AM 4-149
Jan/18 Wed 06:30PM-08:00PM 4-153
Jan/26 Thu 12:30PM-02:00PM 4-370, location changed to larger venue

Enrollment: sign up preferred, walk-ins accepted as space allows
Limited to 48 participants
Attendance: Repeating event, participants welcome at any session

This session will feature the history of violence in institutions of higher education; the training efforts of the MIT police Department with other agencies in response to violent intruders; the nationally recognized "Run, Hide, Fight" video; and MIT specific information on emergency preparedness, response and reaction to violent intruders on our campus.  To sign up for any sessions, please contact David Barber at and include which one of the sessions you would like to attend.

Sponsor(s): Emergency Management , Campus Police
Contact: David Barber, W92-129, 617 253-8022, DBARBER@MIT.EDU

Activism, Organizing, and Social Movements

Patrick Brown

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

Are you worried about threats to social justice, a stable climate, and democratic values under President Trump, but unsure what one person can do?

Have you been signing petitions and calling your congresspeople, but wanting more face-to-face interaction with action-oriented people at MIT?

Do you want to learn and share tools for being a more effective activist and find ways to get involved in local organizations?

If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, attend this new IAP course on Activism, Organizing, and Social Movements. Starting the Wednesday after the inauguration and continuing throughout the rest of IAP, join a series of student- and staff-led sessions with the goal of developing together the skills and frameworks to understand and approach activism, organizing, and social movements in strategic and effective ways. The sessions are meant for all skill levels; whether you’re completely new to activism or are a veteran campaigner, come share your questions and knowledge. We’ll finish with an Activist Open House featuring a number of local activist groups, giving everyone a chance to learn about local organizing opportunities and commit to getting involved.

All sessions meet in 32-144 at 5pm (except for Fri 1/27, which meets in 32-124).

For the full schedule and to RSVP, visit

Sponsor(s): Fossil Free MIT
Contact: Patrick Brown, 617 324-3801, PRBROWN@MIT.EDU

Student activism panel

Jan/25 Wed 05:00PM-06:30PM 32-144

Why activism, and why MIT? Featuring students from Fossil Free MIT, MIT Democrats, CASE, and Solidarity MIT.

Digital security and anti-surveillance

Jan/26 Thu 05:00PM-07:00PM 32-144

In an era of mass surveillance, how can you practice activism (and the rest of your life) securely and privately?

Introduction to community organizing

Jan/27 Fri 05:00PM-07:00PM 32-144

How can you organize within your own community to achieve broad social change?

Power analysis and media strategy

Jan/30 Mon 05:00PM-07:00PM 32-124

What's your message, who needs to hear it, and how can you make yourself heard?

Intersectionality and effective allyship

Jan/31 Tue 05:00PM-07:00PM 32-144

How can we operate in solidarity with marginalized groups of people, particularly when coming from a background of privilege?

Class and inequality

Feb/01 Wed 05:00PM-06:30PM 32-144

How do class identities impact each of us, and how can we take them into account as an activist?

Activist organization open house

Feb/02 Thu 05:00PM-06:30PM 10-105

Hear from local grassroots groups about how to get involved. Featuring: Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Boston, Represent.Us, GreenRoots, Cambridge Progressive Action Coalition, Democratic Socialists of America, Brand New Congress, JETPAC, Engineering Activism, Solidarity MIT, FFMIT, MIT Democrats, MIT Class Awareness, Support, and Equality (CASE), MIT Student Activist Coalition (SACO), and MIT Stop Our Silence.

Turning ideas into action

Feb/03 Fri 05:00PM-06:30PM 9-255

What are your ideas and skills, and how will you work for change? Generate new ideas, form working groups, and make your plan for action.

Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT) - Afternoon Session

Andrea Finnin, CERT Program Manager

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 12/29
Limited to 12 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: Must be a member of the MIT community.

Thank you so much for being interesting in joining MIT’s Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT)!  Ultimately we hope to build a presence in all main campus buildings, so that in the event of an emergency we have a network of people in place that can help to manage the event on location until disaster responders arrive, or to evacuate the building if necessary.  To do this we first need to build a capable team, and that's where you come in!

Started in the 80’s in California, CERT is a program whose main mission is to do the greatest amount of good for the greatest number of people.  Information about the mission and background of CERT and some CERT FAQ’s can be found on FEMA’s website.

The full training manual is available for review and download online. Binders with all course materials will be provided to participants.

This training material was developed by FEMA and it takes 20 hours to complete.  The training covers the following segments:

One – Disaster Preparedness

Two – Fire Safety

Three – Disaster Medical Operations 1

Four – Disaster Medical Operations 2

Five – Search and Rescue

Six – CERT Organization and Disaster Psychology

Seven – Terrorism and CERT

Eight – Course Review and Exercise

Sponsor(s): Emergency Management
Contact: Andrea Finnin, N52-413, 617 258-7366, ANDREAF@MIT.EDU

Disaster Preparedness

Jan/10 Tue 01:00PM-03:30PM N52-419D

Andrea Finnin - CERT Program Manager

Light Search/Rescue & CERT Organization

Jan/11 Wed 01:00PM-03:30PM N52-419D, May reschedule based on class availability.

Andrea Finnin - CERT Program Manager

Fire Safety

Jan/12 Thu 01:00PM-03:30PM N52-419

Andrea Finnin - CERT Program Manager

Disaster Medical Operations 1

Jan/17 Tue 01:00PM-03:30PM N52-419

Andrea Finnin - CERT Program Manager, David Barber - Emergency & Business Continuity Planner

Disaster Medical Operations 2

Jan/19 Thu 01:00PM-03:30PM N52-419

Andrea Finnin - CERT Program Manager, David Barber - Emergency & Business Continuity Planner

Disaster Medical Operations 3

Jan/24 Tue 01:00PM-03:30PM N52-419

Basic Treatment - How to:

Andrea Finnin - CERT Program Manager, David Barber - Emergency & Business Continuity Planner

Disaster Psychology

Jan/26 Thu 01:00PM-03:30PM N52-419D

Andrea Finnin - CERT Program Manager

Final Exercise

Jan/31 Tue 01:00PM-03:30PM N52-419D

This session is our culminating exercise.

Andrea Finnin - CERT Program Manager

CityDays January 20

Sarah Bouchard, Community Engagement Administrator, Lauren O'Brien, Graduate Assistant for Community Engagement

Jan/20 Fri 08:00AM-06:00PM Cambridge and Boston, Typical volunteer shifts last 3-4 hours

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/12

Want to help your community but don't have time for a longterm commitment? Join the PKG Center for one of our CityDays service projects, held for about 4 hours on several dates throughout the year. We secure the volunteer sites and provide logistical support. Transportation and snacks are provided.

Whether you’re a student, staff, or faculty member, you can sign up with a group or as an individual. This CityDays we'll volunteer with 826 Boston, the Greater Boston Food Bank, Cambridge Community TV, and People Making a Difference! 

Email with any questions.

Sponsor(s): Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center
Contact: Lauren O'Brien, W20-549, 617-253-8968,

Tzedakah/Philanthropy 101 for Seniors

Marissa Freed, Assistant Director, Hillel, Marla Choslovsky, Development Director, Hillel

Feb/02 Thu 12:00PM-02:00PM W11-180 Small Dining, Lunch will be served

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/30
Limited to 15 participants
Fee: $5.00 for senior class gift (Suggested, not required)

One of the perks of becoming an adult is earning a paycheck. Hillel is leading a conversation about how adults make intentional philanthropic choices past dropping a quarter in a tzedakah box. All students are welcome to join this conversation about personal philanthropy and Jewish perspectives on the practice.

 RSVP here by Monday January 30th 

Sponsor(s): Hillel
Contact: Marissa Freed, W11-039, 617-253-2982, MFEINMAN@MIT.EDU

Waste management 101: Where Does Our Trash Go?

Hugo Uvegi

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/06
Limited to 30 participants
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

This 3-day session will run through the end-of-life treatment of all types of waste--trash, recycling, and compost--following their path from the trash receptacle to their ultimate end.

By the end, you will walk away with a greater awareness and understanding of materials as they run through the disposal and recycling parts of their lifecycle.

RSVP is required by January 6, 2017

Please RSVP here:

The course will be instructed by Ruth T. Davis (Manager, MIT Recycling and Materials Management Office).

Day 3 of this course will focus on Inclusive Waste Management taught by D-Lab Instructor Libby McDonald. In this hands-on session, students will learn about inclusive waste management in the context of the developing world and then will be challenged to come up with “2nd life” solutions for common waste found in these regions. This session will take place in D-Lab’s workshop, N51-337.

Note: This course would be ideal for anyone considering entering the MIT Global IDEAS PIA Challenge for Inclusive Waste Management. For more details, follow this link:

Other speakers TBD.

When:  Tue. Jan 10 - Thu. Jan 12, 2017
           1-4pm each day
Where: 4-159

Sponsor(s): MIT Waste Alliance, Graduate Student Council, D-Lab
Contact: Hugo Uvegi, HUVEGI@MIT.EDU

Waste Management 101

Jan/10 Tue 01:00PM-04:00PM 4-159
Jan/11 Wed 01:00PM-04:00PM 4-159
Jan/12 Thu 01:00PM-04:00PM 4-159