SUMMER HOURS: The Rainbow Lounge is open but our student staff are off for the summer. LBGTQ+ Services will be running light programs in the summertime. However, all students do have extended tap access to use the space during 6am - 1am the following day. Come on in!
We are hiring a graduate assistant (Fall/Spring) for Women and Gender Services (WXGS).
The Graduate Assistant manages and facilitates programming in the Margaret Cheney Room, whose namesake graduated from MIT in 1882.The primary purpose of the GA is to carry out the goals of the Women and Gender Services supporting all women in their diverse experiences, identities, and genders.
An understanding of, or interest in, issues of identity, the empowerment of marginalized populations, combatting sexism, genderism and misogyny, and student affairs/higher education is highly encouraged. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Accessibility: A wheelchair-accessible lift can be found on the western side of Building 50. A swinging door on the opposite eastern end of the large room will lead to an elevator. Upon exiting the elevator on the second floor, make a left and the Rainbow Lounge is in front of you.
FRONT ENTRANCE: If you take the staircase that faces the Charles River you may walk up the staircase to the third floor, walk across the gym/testing center, and then down the second floor to the Rainbow Lounge. Or once you enter Walker you can take the staircase down to the basement, take the hallway all the way to the back of Walker, then go up the staircase to the first floor and then the staircase to the second floor. The Rainbow Lounge doors will be in front of you.
BACK ENTRANCE LEFT: If you’re facing the back of Walker, the left staircase is the one that faces East Campus (building 62) and closest to Ames Street. To the staircase into Walker then walk up the staircase to the second floor. The Rainbow Lounge doors will be in front of you.
BACK ENTRANCE RIGHT: If you’re facing the back of Walker, the right staircase is the one that is closest to Building 14, and the black structural sculpture that’s in the courtyard. Take the staircase into Walker, then enter into Morss Hall, take a left to the pink swing door in the corner which you will enter into a kitchen. There is an elevator you can take to the second floor, or you can take the metal spiral staircase to the second floor and around the corner to the left is the Rainbow Lounge.
Who We Are
LBGTQ+ Services supports numerous student, employee, and alumnx groups as well as other departments and initiatives on campus aiming to foster equity, intersectionality, and the continuum of social justice. From individual student support to organizational development and institutional policy advocacy, LBGTQ+ Services' support, programming, and educational endeavors aim to enhance the experiences of MIT's LBGTQ+ community.
LBGTQ+ Services Value Statements
We educate and uplift the MIT community about the diversity of identities including ace/aro, genderqueer, intersex, nonbinary, pansexual, trans and many more.
We encourage others to examine their assumptions, and to practice open, honest, and respectful discussion.
We help the community to develop an inclusive, and equitable environment where all experiences and identities - especially intersecting marginalized identities - are welcome.
We collaborate with other groups and offices to address issues of social justice on campus including ability, class, gender, race, religion, and sexual/romantic orientation amongst others.
We work to support improvements to LBGTQ+ related Institute-wide policy/procedure, communication, advocacy, and organizational change.
We advocate for diverse leadership at all levels of MIT.
MIT Rainbow Lounge | Walker Memorial Second Floor (50-250)
Hours: All current MIT student can use their MIT ID to tap into the Rainbow Lounge every day of the week 6am - 1am the following day.
Campus Address: Walker Memorial (50-250), 142 Memorial Dr., Cambridge, MA 02139