MIT cares deeply about its neighbors. The Institute’s students, faculty, and staff are committed to supporting the City and nonprofit partners in addressing the needs of our local community. Below is a snapshot of MIT’s impact and involvement.
Events in 2017 at MIT that were free and open to the public. Find what is happening on campus at calendar.mit.edu.
Through volunteerism, direct donations, in-kind contributions and the use of campus event space, MIT collaborated with more than 130 local nonprofits in 2017.
In direct economic contributions to the city. From the Cambridge First purchasing policy to taxes and fees paid to the City of Cambridge, MIT’s direct economic contributions have steadily increased over the last 5 years.
As part of the Kendall Square Initiative and Volpe Redevelopment projects, MIT is building approximately 1,700 units of housing, including approximately 320 affordable and 20 middle-income units.
MIT works closely with Cambridge Public Schools and local nonprofits to support K-12 students. In hiring a K-12 outreach administrator, the Institute aims to strengthen the relationship between its programs and Cambridge’s K-12 curricular needs.
Arts & Culture
Through the Creative Current partnership with the Community Art Center, MIT has enlivened pedestrian walkways on Main Street with three vibrant murals during construction projects while supporting youth artists from The Port neighborhood.
Led by the Office of Sustainability, the Institute is performing a rigorous campus-wide climate change vulnerability assessment. Working with the City of Cambridge, the assessment hopes to inform next steps to mitigate against future impacts of climate change.
In 2017, MIT collaborated with local organizers to host the inaugural Data for Black Lives conference. Over three days, participants discussed ways to use data science to create concrete and measurable change in the lives of black people.
Helping the Homeless
In 2018, the Institute celebrates the 25th anniversary of the tripartite agreement among MIT, the City of Cambridge, and CASPAR that established CASPAR’s Emergency Services Center at 240 Albany Street on MIT’s campus.