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Cross-Functional Teams and Working Groups

Graduate Housing (with DSL, GSC)

Graduate Housing (with DSL, GSC)

The faculty and staff members of the working group were selected by the Chancellor, Provost, and Executive Vice President and Treasurer in August 2017. The Graduate Student Council nominated six graduate students to serve on the group.

  1. Assess how housing availability and graduate student housing needs, including those of international students and graduate student families, have changed in the three years since the completion of the Clay Report (a 2014 report assessing graduate student housing needs). Based on this updated analysis, recommend options for matching graduate student housing demand with different housing types, locations, costs, and timelines for bringing the new beds online. For each option, assess the demand and the expected costs and benefits to graduate students and to MIT. The options should consider the 250-net new graduate student beds currently under construction in Kendall Square and the Institute’s commitment to provide at least an additional 250 beds in response to the Clay Report;
  2. Present the interim findings of the updated assessment to the Chancellor, Provost, Executive Vice President and Treasurer, Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, and other community members before October 13, 2017; and
  3. Recommend a process for periodic reviews and evaluations of graduate student housing needs, along with opportunities for community engagement, for consideration by the Institute’s senior administration.

Team Members

  • Ian Waitz, Vice Chancellor (Chair)
  • Jon Alvarez, Director of Campus Planning, Office of the Executive Vice President and Treasurer
  • Kelly Blynn G, Urban Studies and Planning
  • Lauren Chai G, Mechanical Engineering
  • Orpheus Chatzivasileiou G, Chemical Engineering; Secretary, Graduate Student Council
  • David Friedrich, Senior Director, Housing Operations and Renewal Planning, Division of Student Life
  • Stephen Graves, Chair, Faculty Committee on Campus Planning; Abraham Siegel Professor of Management, Sloan School of Management
  • Will Kimball G, Sloan School of Management; Eastgate President
  • Suzy Nelson, Vice President and Dean for Student Life
  • Abigail Regitsky G, Materials Science and Engineering; Co-Chair, State and Local Affairs Committee
  • Nicholas Triantafillou G, Mathematics; Co-Chair, Housing and Community Affairs Committee
  • Krystyn Van Vliet, Associate Provost; Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Biological Engineering