ISO Newsletter
July 15, 2019
Volume 4, Issue 11
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Ice Cream Social/Discover Boston
June 26

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Beware of New Social Security Number Scam

The ISO has heard of recent reports of MIT international students receiving phone calls where the caller insists there is suspicious activity with their social security number and that if they do not follow instructions, their social security number will be disabled. This is a scam. Please hang up! Please notify the ISO immediately if you receive any of these calls. 
Remember these THREE steps to protect yourself from scams:
1) Please remain calm, 2) Do NOT give out any personal information over the phone or via email, and 3) Contact the ISO immediately
Please see our website for more info about other recent scams.

Check for recent travel signature on I-20 or DS-2019

If you plan to travel this summer, please check NOW when your document was last signed. Requesting a travel signature will take 2 business days, so please plan ahead.

All students are required to have a travel signature that has been signed within one year in order to re-enter the U.S. Travel signatures are valid for one year. Exceptions: a travel signature is valid for only 6 months if 1) your passport is Canadian  OR  2) you are traveling to Canada, Mexico, or the adjacent islands  OR  3) if you are currently working while on F-1 OPT or F-1 STEM OPT Extension.

To request an updated travel signature, visit the ISO during business hours between 9am and 4pm and drop off your most current Form I-20 or DS-2019 at the reception desk. You may return to the ISO after 2 business days to pick up your immigration document with the new travel signature.

Don't forget documents when traveling/re-entering U.S.

Bring your ORIGINAL I-20 or DS-2019 while traveling outside the U.S.

Please see the 
ISO webpage on Entering U.S. Borders for detailed information about returning to the US and what documents you should carry with you upon entry.
Culture Corner

Culture Thursdays

Check out the weekly ISO "Culture Thursday" Facebook posts for
Americanisms & idioms, as well as ideas to explore Boston/New England. 

 "A Primer for Understanding 'Merica"

Featured blog entry from the MIT Grad Blog

Share your Confusion about American Culture

The ISO would like to hear from you! What are some confusing/surprising phrases or aspects of American culture that you would like clarified?

Please fill out this google FORM and let us know your thoughts. We may feature these in a future "Culture Thursday" post on Facebook! 
Upcoming Events

ISO Events

Summer in Boston eventsRegistration required 2 days before event
Co-sponsored by ISO, LCE, MS&PC, & ISchO

Ready Set Game: 7/17 (W), 5-7p, E19-202
Free Outdoor Concert: 7/31 (W), 5-8:30p, E19-202 & Hatch Shell

ISO & PDA Afternoon Break: 8/14 (W), 4-5p, E19-202. Every 2nd Wed

Past Event Photos
ISO Afternoon Break- July 10
Ice Cream Social/Discover Boston- Jun 26

Discover Boston slides


MIT Events & Programs

PKG Summer Series: July & August; RSVP required
Arnold Arboretum: 7/19 (F), 11a-4p
Taza Chocolate Factory Tour: 7/20 (Sa), 12:30-4p

Tang Hall Brunch7/20 (Sa), 10a-12p. Tang Hall, 24th floor lounge

Grad Professional Development Week - Schedule of Events
Graduate students are invited to attend Graduate Student Professional Development Week, July 22-25.  They are invited to join over 15 offices from across campus at a kick-off event/ice cream social on Monday July 22 from 1-3pm in the student center (W202-202).  More information about individual student professional development events can be found below.

 7/22 (M)
The Inside Scoop on Graduate Student Professional Development
Ice Cream Social Kick-off Event
1-3p. La Sala, W20-202

7/23 (T)
Develop Your Leadership Skills: Leverage your technical ability to influence and impact
9:30a-12p, 56-154
Strategies for Navigating Difficult Conversations
1-3p, 56-164

7/24 (W)
Turning your Science into an Op-Ed
10-11a, 4-237
Ethical by Design: A Workshop in the Ethics of Making Things
1-3p, 56-164
What Makes you Tick: Understanding your Values
3:30-4:30p, 56-154

7/25 (Th)
Designing Your Life
10-12p, E19-202

Crafting Your Statement of Teaching Philosophy
11a-2:30p, E19-202

Always check the MIT Events Calendar or the MIT mobile app to find out what's happening on-campus!

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Building E18, Room 219 (
Cambridge, MA 02139 

Phone: (617) 253-3795
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