Cultural connections at MIT Sloan MBA

MIT Sloan provides endless possibilities for entertainment and recreation on and off campus. The MIT Activities Committee (MITAC) offers discount tickets to arts and sporting events across the region, and the MIT Department of Facilities offers information about public transportation, shuttles, Zipcars, bicycles, and other ways to get to and from the cultural resources listed below.

Arts & Culture

The Cambridge – Boston area is famous for its cultural depth and diversity. Nowhere is that more evident than in the area’s museums and galleries, from the Museum of Fine Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art to Harvard’s many museums. The Cambridge art scene is especially vibrant, diverse, and pioneering, with the world-renowned American Repertory Theater just a few subway stops away in Harvard Square.

Food & Wine

Metropolitan Cambridge – Boston is a well-known destination for foodies. Restaurants here are famous for their diversity, innovation, and refinement — you’ll find feijoada, butecha, and caviar and everything in between close to the MIT campus. Don't forget to check the food pages of The Boston Globe for the latest news on cutting-edge cuisine in the region.

Historic New England

If you’re a history buff, you’ll find many fascinating sites in New England — from Boston’s Freedom Trail, which tracks key landmarks along the country’s path to independence, to Plymouth Rock, where the pilgrims settled.

Music Scene

You’ll find that this is a community serious about music. Local clubs, concert halls, and university auditoriums offer a dizzying array of styles — you could go out and hear different music every night of the week. Check the pages of The Boston Phoenix for music listings of contemporary music and jazz. If your taste runs to classical, the region offers dozens of world-class ensembles and orchestras ranging from the Boston Modern Orchestra Project to the world-renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra. The magical Tanglewood music complex in Western Massachusetts presents a wide range of music in a beautiful mountain setting.


The region offers excellent shopping opportunities, and two good places to start are Boston’s Back Bay and Newbury Street, where you’ll find the goods of exclusive designers and local artisans alike. Faneuil Hall and nearby Haymarket Square offer a marketplace vibe. In Cambridge, Massachusetts Avenue is lined with trendy shops from Central Square to Porter Square. You’ll also find malls, from the high-end Copley Place to the more affordable CambridgeSide Galleria, which runs a free shuttle from Kendall Square.

Sports & Recreation

Metropolitan Boston is known for both its athletes and its fans. If you like to ski, play tennis, climb mountains, sail, or surf, you’ll find yourself in good company. And team spirit is in the air all seasons of the year for the local professional hockey, basketball, soccer, baseball, and football teams. MITAC not only sells discount tickets to many games, but also organizes ski trips and other activities for members of the MIT community.


The weekly C-Functions (Cultural Functions), also known as “Consumption Functions,” are student-organized celebrations that have become a much-loved staple of after-hours fun. The events are open to the entire graduate community, including faculty and staff, and are held both on and off campus, depending on the evening's agenda. C-Functions are sometimes designed to celebrate the food and music of a particular culture and feature organized entertainment; at other times, they are informal opportunities to unwind and simply enjoy the company of fellow students. For MIT Sloan students with young families, C-Functions offer a number of child-friendly activities, including costume parties and picnics in the country. Whatever the theme, C-Functions are an integral part of the MIT Sloan experience. Ask any alum from across the globe about C-Functions and you are bound to hear a story or two about their favorites.

Cultural Resources

Arts at MIT: MIT is well known in Boston for its vibrant arts community; this is the guide to arts at MIT.

MIT Activities Committee (MITAC): Discount tickets to sporting and other events as diverse as sleigh rides, shopping sprees, music, and theater.

Boston Museums: A collaborative organization of more than 40 Greater Boston area museums and zoos.

Boston Symphony Orchestra: One of the great orchestras of the world, the Boston Symphony Orchestra has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, South America, and China.

Boston Pops: Known as “America’s Orchestra” and beloved for its famous Independence Day concert, which can be experienced firsthand on Boston’s Esplanade.


INDIA LAB: BANGALORE Working toward market expansion

“[The India Lab] program is one of the reasons I came to Sloan. ... The hands-on learning that MIT offers was a huge differentiator.”

Katie Baron
G-LAB: AIDS IN TANZANIA Striving for economic empowerment

“Because of the diversity of our backgrounds, when we hit the ground in Tanzania it almost was a natural play where different people assume different roles.”

Krishna Venugopalan
$100K WINNERS: C-CRETE TECHNOLOGIES Reducing the environmental impact of concrete

“One of the reasons I came to Sloan was because I wanted to be at a top MBA institution worldwide. But I also wanted access to working with the latest innovations and the highest technology that was coming out of the MIT labs.”

Natanel Barookhian
COURAGE AND STRENGTH Supporting a student with breast cancer
"The Sloan community really rallied around me in a way that I totally didn’t anticipate. … It was just really nice to be a part of a community that I was totally comfortable in and felt completely supported by."
Kyle Maner
SLOAN FELLOW Merging disciplines for climate change
"I needed to get a better understanding of the interaction of management and technology. And I think MIT is an obvious place for that. There’s probably no better place in the world [for learning] how technology and management interact."
Pascal Marmier
G-LAB, RAS RESORT, INDIA Marketing in Mumbai
"The project was really interesting because the scope changed a lot. We started focusing in one goal, then we changed to another, then we changed to another, all before we even left Cambridge."
Gerardo Guzman
INSTITUTE FOR WORK AND EMPLOYMENT RESEARCH Adapting to the changing nature of work

“We’re very interdisciplinary. Among the faculty in the group are an economist, a political scientist, a sociologist, and an industrial relations specialist. We’ve always made a big effort to be open to a variety of perspectives, but also to go beyond being open to them, to want to bring them in, because it makes for a richer environment.”

Thomas Kochan
Co-director, IWER
LEADERS FOR GLOBAL OPERATIONS Connecting management and technology
“[LGO students] get the advantage of a small cohort. But they’re also part of the larger community. They’re part of MIT, of MIT Sloan, of the MBA program. They’re part of the core program that meets every fall, they’re part of the engineering committee; they get the benefits of both the larger community and the small cohort.”
Don Rosenfield
senior lecturer and director of the Leaders for Global Operations
SLOAN FELLOW Getting serious about going global
"I had interviews and visited other business schools, and it’s nothing like the environment that we have here at MIT Sloan."
Abner Oliviera
INDIA LAB: EDUCATIONAL ENHANCEMENT Creating employable workers to boost the economy

“I knew about American business, but not enough about what’s really become a global economy. … You can read about it all you want, but there’s no substitute for being there and seeing the context and seeing how completely different these [other countries] are.”

Ted Chan
G-LAB: MERCY CORPS, INDONESIA Using business principles to address malnutrition

“The conditions in the neighborhoods we were visiting were different than what we realized before getting there. Beyond that, what was surprising was that there weren’t surprises!”

Libby Putman
G-LAB: PRIVATE HEALTH CARE IN AFRICA Defining growth at a for-profit clinic

“At MIT Sloan you have a lot of opportunities to explore entrepreneurship. Especially in a place like Kampala where you have a lot of development, entrepreneurship can be very exciting.”

Anne Reilly
G-LAB, KUALA LUMPUR Assessing the future of the Smart Card
"You have to manage what you can deliver for the company and what the company is expecting. The bottom line is that the CEOs of those companies want results. Even though we have to work five months in a row with the project, we have to deliver. This experience is more pragmatic than academic. It's a good opportunity to match those two worlds."
Camilo Syllos
S-LAB: JAKARTA WATERSHED Combating a clean water crisis

“You could talk about watershed management and conservation of energy all you want. But until you put numbers to it and financial analysis to it, you’re not going to get much done. I came to business school to speak that language, speak with people in terms of numbers, financial numbers so that I can get projects done.”

Ian Lavery
G-LAB: NAM MEE BOOKS, THAILAND Helping a book publisher mature

“It was really rewarding that they wanted to know what we thought. We left there being fairly certain that they will do some of the things that we suggested.”

Lia Cavalcante
SWITZER FELLOWSHIP WINNER JASON JAY Focusing on environmental research and leadership

 “I love being in a place that is such a nexus of people and ideas — people coming to learn something new and to define themselves. Being a part of that process is a real honor and a real gift.”

Jason Jay
Lecturer, Sustainability, MIT Sloan
CENTER FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS RESEARCH Bringing people and machines together

“The concept behind enterprise architecture is that you have all these machines, you have all these business processes, you have all these people doing things, how do you make sure they all come together and achieve business objectives that make you more competitive.”

Jeanne W. Ross
Director and Principal Research Scientist, CISR
MIT LEADERSHIP CENTER Changing views of leadership

“Our mission, along with the mission of MIT Sloan, is to both develop leaders who make a difference in the world, and also to make a contribution to thinking about the topic of leadership.”

Deborah Ancona
Faculty Director, MIT Leadership Center
RETAIL AND CONSUMER GOODS Luxury beauty and the multicultural consumer
"The goal of the Retail and Consumer Goods Club is to provide networking opportunities for students at MIT Sloan, and to educate students about different functions within the retail and CPG space. We bring in executive-level speakers to educate our community on this topic."
Nga Phan
MBA, co-president of Retail and Consumer Goods Club
G-LAB: WARMBATHS HOSPITAL, SOUTH AFRICA Improving staffing at a maternity ward

“I can honestly say that when I was planning on coming to business school I never thought that witnessing the birth of a child would be included in the education. It was definitely an experience.”

Kelsey McCarty
G-LAB: INTERGRUPO, COLOMBIA Growing a business by cultivating relationships

"After we gave our recommendations, the great part was that the very next day the CEO was in the boardroom implementing them with his top vice presidents."

Ramy Hakim

“LGO students get the advantage of a small cohort that they take many courses with. But they’re also part of the larger community. They’re part of MIT, of MIT Sloan, of the MBA program.”

- Donald Rosenfield
Senior Lecturer