MindHandHeart study break

Published in MIT News on Novenber 14, 2017, by Kollin Wasserlein

Sushi, gratitude cards, and puppy visits are supported by a grant program that promotes wellness and community building.

On a Tuesday last month at 8:25 p.m. in Baker House, students were scattered around the dorm’s lounges, chipping away at PSETs and studying for exams.

At 8:30, more than 50 of them rushed down to the first floor for a moment away.

Residents of Baker were treated to sushi, gratitude card writing, and a visit from the stress dogs of Puppy Lab. This was the third in a series of study breaks organized by Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart, MindHandHeart (MHH), and the Division of Student Life to promote the MHH Innovation Fund, which allows students, faculty, and staff to apply for grants up to $10,000 in order to increase wellness in the MIT community.

Meditation at Maseeh preceded the Baker study break, as well as a showcase of prior Innovation Fund winner, MIT Connect, in East Campus. These study breaks are meant to give students a moment to breathe during the stress of an MIT semester, and learn about opportunities through MHH to boost morale, promote wellness, and build community at MIT...

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