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Cultural, Regional, Religious, and Personal Affiliation Clubs
Cultural connections and personal affiliations abound
The sheer diversity of students at MIT translates to an abundance of choices when it comes to cultural club options at MIT Sloan. Whether students come from a similar regional background or simply share a passion for a particular part of the world, numerous groups supply exciting opportunities to immerse yourself in the social, business, economic, and political aspects of a number of geographic regions worldwide. In addition, clubs have formed at MIT Sloan to meet the needs of minorities, significant others, the LGBT communities, veterans, and those of various religious affiliations. Following are descriptions of just a few of the cultural and personal affiliation clubs found at MIT Sloan:
Africa Business Club
The MIT Sloan Africa Business Club (ABC) strives to build awareness of Africa’s future promise, while increasing investment in Africa’s consumer, agricultural, natural resource, and infrastructure sectors. The ABC also works to spread information about MIT locally in Africa, and to act as a resource for prospective graduate business students who may be interested in attending MIT Sloan. Through their objectives and activities, the ABC serves as a catalyst in uniting MIT Sloan alumni who are in Africa, or who are of African descent. In 2011, the Club organized the inaugural MIT Sloan Africa Conference with the theme “Africa 2.0: Achieving Growth through Innovation.” The conference attracted nearly 300 attendees and brought together a mix of speakers and panel sessions, covering areas of innovation in Africa such as Technology, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Media & Entertainment, Energy, and Mobile/Telecoms. The conference also featured the Africa Innovate Business Plan Competition, aimed at spotlighting and rewarding innovative business ideas with the potential to change the face of the continent. The ABC also sponsors treks to Africa, runs a bimonthly speaker series, and hosts C-Functions, which are hugely popular events organized to promote cultural sharing, often through dance, food, and fun.
The Brazilian Club at MIT Sloan has the mission of fostering the relationship between MIT Sloan and the Brazilian business and academic communities. Club members enjoy innumerous social events, including happy hours, cultural events and movie sessions. The Club also focuses on professional events and helps students forge relationships with Brazilian alumni and recruiters through speaker series and networking events such as the MBA Brazil Networking Event, co-hosted with Columbia, Kellogg, MIT Sloan, NYU Stern and Wharton in New York.”
Japan Club's mission is "To enrich the MIT Sloan Community with Japanese culture and perspectives." To achieve this mission, first of all, we Introduce and promote Japanese culture with well-organized events, such as C-Function and Japan Trek. This year, we brought 124 Sloanies to Japan as Japan Trek. Secondly, we inspire the most prominent prospective Japanese students to come Sloan. Last but not least, we coordinate activities within and outside MIT to enhance experiences of Japan Club members and SOs.
The MIT Sloan LGBT club supports an open and honest environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered students, partners, faculty and staff in the MIT Sloan community by promoting positive images of the LGBT community and fostering opportunities for personal and professional growth regardless of sexual preference or sexual identity. The club was recently co-hosted the annual MBA Reaching Out Conference in Boston this year. Learn more about the LBGT club and life at MIT Sloan in an interview with club leader Ruben Lozano Aguilera.
MIT Sloan Black Business Students Association (BBSA)
The MIT Sloan Black Business Students Association (BBSA) seeks to build a community that supports black students in their personal and professional goals and promotes business issues related to the black community. We do this by fostering an environment for professional development, collaborating with the broader MIT and Greater Boston communities, and building alliances with people and organizations that value cultural diversity.
MIT Sloan Latin Business Club
The MIT Sloan Latin Business Club has members from Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, and the United States. The Club sponsors the annual Latin American Conference, the oldest conference of its kind among U.S. universities. Past conferences have attracted influential Latin American business leaders, government figures, and academics. Attendees address and debate the unique opportunities and challenges Latin American countries face to develop clean, diversified sources of energy; leverage natural resources sustainably; and initiate development and integration to shape the future of the region. The Club also helps students forge relationships with Latin American alumni, recruiters, and organizations through its speaker series, recruiting events, and its many networking and social gatherings, such as the Latin Mixer co-hosted with Harvard Business School and Wharton.
Significant Others of Sloan
The Significant Others of Sloan (SOS) Club is an organization dedicated to providing events and activities for all significant others (SOs) and family members of MIT Sloan students. Club members enjoy numerous networking events — such as jazz nights, wine tastings, museum tours, art shows, weekend trips, athletic events, happy hours, and cuisine nights — designed to forge connections with other MIT Sloan SOs, the broader MIT community, and others in the Greater Boston area. The Club holds both daytime and nighttime activities, and strives to offer something to meet everyone’s busy schedules. Club members also help each other connect to a wide array of professional, academic, travel, and volunteer opportunities. Links found on the Club’s website cover everything from information about moving to Boston to options for health insurance, housing, transportation, education, and leisure-time activities. The SOS Club also spawns special-interest subgroups, such as children’s gatherings, book clubs, and groups with interests in everything from dogs to movies to weekend outings.
Sloan Moms' and Dads' Club
Moms' and Dads' Club has more than 100 members. We aim to make MIT Sloan a better place for students with families. We planned many family friendly events, such as apple picking, pumpkin carving, and family brunch.
Sloan Women in Management
Sloan Women in Management (SWIM) works to build a vibrant community that supports and celebrates women as they progress toward their career and personal goals. Our second annual Sloan Women in Management Conference featured several impressive and accomplished women including Marissa Mayer, Laura Sen, and Jennifer Siebel Newsom. During the fall semester, SWIM hosts an 80s prom C-Function, which sets the tone for the school year, and gives the entire student body a chance to let loose. Each May we recognize the achievement of women at MIT Sloan at the Celebration Brunch. In addition to these flagship events, SWIM also supports a range of programming for our members including a mentorship program, recruiting events, networking events and workshops, community service opportunities, and events for admitted students.
South East Asian Society
South East Asia Club (SEA Club) aims to promote the awareness of SEA countries through activities and networking events. We are not only consisted of students from SEA but also opened to all students who are interested in the region. We offer opportunities for Sloanies to connect with companies in SEA, broadening their future business perspective. We also promote cultural sharing through SEA C-Function, cooking classes and a trek, which are ultimately enhancing Sloanies' experiences.
The MIT Sloan Veterans Association is a community of ladies and gentlemen who were privileged to serve in the armed forces of any nation. The group's focus is threefold:
- Help prospective service members and veterans transition into business school
- Serve as the veteran hub for esprit de corps, career development, and networking
- Establish and maintain contact with the extensive MIT Sloan military alumni network throughout the world
The club hosts and coordinates numerous recruiting events, social outings, and networking gatherings with top firms and business schools.
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