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Anna Frebel, Silverman (1968) Family Career Development Associate Professor of Physics
Photo courtesy of MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research Anna Frebel, Silverman (1968) Family Career Development Associate Professor of Physics
Photo courtesy of MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research

Anna Frebel named 2017-2018 MIT Committed to Caring Award recipient

Award honors professors who build inclusive cultures in their labs and classrooms, who support their students’ mental and emotional health, and who actively support their students’ scholarly pursuits.

Office of Graduate Education
April 24, 2018

“When we talk about our experiences as graduate students at MIT, my colleagues and I tend to use words like ‘challenging,’ ‘rewarding,’ ‘inspiring,’ or ‘stressful’,” says Courtney Lesoon, the 2017-2018 Graduate Community Fellow for the Committed to Caring Program and a PhD student in the History, Theory and Criticism Section of the Department of Architecture. “Usually our discussions center around our research interests, new findings in our field, or upcoming deadlines.”

The conversation about challenges and stresses at MIT, though, is arguably shifting. A number of new programs have been initiated across campus that prioritize emotional and mental health not just as supplementary to the lives of students, but as integral to them. Such programs include MindHandHeart, the campus coalition to support community wellness; work of the Institute Community and Equity Office (ICEO); Active Minds, the student-led initiative for better health and wellness; and Committed to Caring (C2C), which honors caring faculty on campus.

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