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ISO Newsletter
August 6, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENTS
ISO To Begin Limited In-Person Office Hours for Fall Semester

The ISO will resume limited in-person office hours for the Fall 2021 semester beginning on Monday, August 9. In-Person services will be primarily to support emergency issues only

*ISO Advisors will continue to conduct appointments remotely via Zoom, and can be reached by email and by phone.  

**Visa documents will continue to be requested and processed online via iMIT, and the documents will be sent to students electronically (if possible) or via express mail. 

***Most orientation and programming will be offered online, with limited in-person events as allowed.

In-Person/Walk-In Office Hours (emergency situations):
Monday, August 9 – Thursday, August 12
10:00am-3:00pm

Friday, August 13: Remote Services Only

Beginning Monday, August 16:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Wednesdays: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Please continue to consult the ISO website (https://iso.mit.edu) for extensive resources and guidance, and instructions on online/remote support services. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the ISO by email (iso-help@mit.edu) or by phone (617-253-3795) or contact your ISO Advisor directly. 

We look forward to joining you back on campus this Fall!

MIT Updates Vaccine Information and Returning to Campus Guidance
On August 2, 2021, MIT issued updates to its guidance on vaccine information and guidance for return to campus (including testing, masking, dining, indoor activities, and related issues) for the Fall 2021 semester for students, faculty and staff. 

Please be sure to review the updates, that had been emailed to the community, available on MIT Now (https://now.mit.edu/policies/reentry-to-campus-students/.

The MIT Medical vaccine information page has also been updated, including updates to the FAQ (including a specific section on commonly asked questions from international students). Please review the vaccine information page/FAQ here: https://covidapps.mit.edu/vaccine-information
Reporting in iMIT Your Scheduled Visa Interview or Visa Approval Information
Report on iMIT
In order to help track visa processing experiences at U.S. Embassies/Consulates around the world, and to help advocate for our students, we ask for your assistance in reporting when you have secured your visa interview appointment and when you receive your visa.

You can complete this reporting in iMIT with the following steps:
*Login to iMIT (https://imit.mit.edu)
*Click on the left-hand menu “Admissions”
*Click on the button “Visa Interview & Approval”
*Select the appropriate E-Forms, complete the information, and click “Submit”

Please note that if your visa interview appointment changes, please go into iMIT and submit a new “Visa Interview Scheduled” eform.  Thank you very much for your assistance.
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ISO Virtual Forums
The next and final Virtual Forum is Friday, August 13,  2021 at 9am EDT

Past slides/recordings found here

All students, both new and continuing, have been invited to attend the ISO Virtual Forums, which have been offered regularly throughout the summer. 

The recording and slidedeck for past Virtual Forums will be accessible on the ISO website via the Orientation Programs page (https://iso.mit.edu/getting-started/orientation-program/).  

Recurring Zoom link: https://mit.zoom.us/j/92367056132

Please pre-submit questions at least 1 day before each forum (same link each time): https://tinyurl.com/pb7jj8

*MIT Kerberos/Touchstone required
**MIT Alumni who are unable to access the recordings/slidedecks online, please send an email to riechman@mit.edu at the ISO to request the pdf slides. 
ISO SPONSORED EVENTS
Zoom Break: Codenames
Thursday, August 12, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET
Join your fellow students and have some fun playing Codenames!

Recurring Zoom link here
Sign Up requested for new participants

Co-sponsored by ISO and Postdoc Association (PDA)
 

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ISO Summer Mixer '21
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
10:00 - 11:00 AM ET
Excited about your move to Cambridge and want a fun event to meet students from the incoming cohort? Our ISO Virtual Summer Mixer '21 is the chance to do just that! Also open to continuing/current students.

Come and win prizes (Amazon gift cards!), chat with other international students, and play our MIT-themed team scavenger hunt. Don't forget to bring a couple of fun facts about your country to share with others :)

RSVP here
Zoom link: https://mit.zoom.us/s/92356043479


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MIT EVENTS & PROGRAMS
Self-Empowerment Series (free)
Jul 29 – Aug 13 every Thursday, Friday from
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET
The event would be a series of seminars with a focus on learning: physical fitness, mental soundness, emotional sensitivity, agility, intellectual alertness, aspects to spiritual awakening, and to have a mentality of abundance. The above qualities can bring around constant cheerfulness, and is key for holistic development of our personality, i.e. for a life of not just list of accomplishments, but a life of fulfilment for oneself and those around us. Those attending 5+ sessions shall receive a certificate of participation from MIT VVF.
 
  • 6 seminars towards lifestyle coaching
  • Online and open-to-everyone
  • Free for all MIT students

Contact: vvf-exec@mit.edu
Register here
Online Zumba Classes With Liz
Mondays at 7:30 PM ET

Westgate is offering Zumba classes for the MIT community. The classes are online and free of charge. We would like to thank the MIT GSC Funding Board for sponsoring this event.

Mondays at 7:30 PM, starting on July 19 and ending on October 4, 2021.

Please sign-up to receive the Zoom link.

PKG Center: Summer Speaker Series
Thursday, August 10, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 ET
We invite you to join the MIT PKG Center for the penultimate session of our summer speaker series on public interest technology: Stretch Your Impact. This series of remote talks and workshops helps students and others to explore the “why” and “how” of  stretching their technological skills for the public good. 
 
Session 5: Building Pathways Towards Tech for Good Careers
 
We will be joined by MIT PhD students Serena Booth, Tan Zhi Xuan, and Willie Boag, and Oxford University Professor Milo Phillips-Brown for an interactive discussion on building career pathways in public interest technology. 
 
Register here
The National Anti-Racism Teach-In: Virtual Conference
August 10 - 12, 2021
Register here for FREE with your MIT email
 
MIT students, staff, and faculty are invited to this year's National Anti Racism Teach-In, a national anti-racist conference and global movement designed to identify, analyze, and challenge racism.  

This year's virtual conference features lectures and workshops from:
  • Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter covering racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine and creator of the landmark 1619 Project.
  • Anneliese Singh, author of The Racial Healing Handbook
  • Roxane Gay, author of The Bad Feminist and Marvel's World of Wakanda.
  • & more

Register here for FREE with your MIT email.

Sponsored by MIT Libraries & ICEO.
Wellness Events & Resources
SOME: Acronym for self-care
Sleep, Outside, Mindfulness, Exercise

Instead of an “all-or-nothing” approach to self-care, you can choose SOMEthing from the list and do SOME of it today. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to work for you. SOME activities signal to your body and mind that you are listening to, appreciating, and taking care of yourself. 
 

S is for Sleep: Sleep experts recommend creating a bedtime routine that allows the body and brain to slow down and prepare for sleep. Bedtime Unwind is a 13-minute routine which includes three simple stretches to relax before bed - or anytime you could use a mind-body break. 
Check out Bedtime Unwind here.
 

O is for Outdoors: An outdoor walk can boost creativity and focus. A study has found that both walking and being outside could lead to more creative thinking. While the association is not well understood, it is an easy-to-implement strategy.
 

M is for Mindfulness: Mindfulness practice: You have to eat anyway - might as well enjoy it mindfully! To start, simply look away from any technology and look directly at your food for a moment. Notice color and texture. Next, take in aroma. Finally, take one mindful bite and chew slowly and mindfully. Pay extra attention to the genius of your tongue.
 

E is for Exercise: You've probably heard this one a lot, but let this be another sign for you to workout while watching TV. You can do push-ups, crunches, jumping jacks, and squats while focusing on your show. Want an extra nudge? Bring your jump rope, dumbbells, resistance bands, or any other fitness tools near your TV to help remind you to use them.

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MIT International Students Office
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Office Hours:
9:00-16:00 (M-F)
Closed (W) 10:00-11:30
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