Simmons Government

Simmons has its own unique government structure. From our student led initiatives to our unique social "lounge" structure to our open house meetings and proposals, we have so much to get involved with.

Contact the Simmons officers at officers@simmons.mit.edu.


The Housemaster team consists of John Essigmann, Professor of Chemistry and Biological Engineering; Dr. Ellen Essigmann; and Steven Hall, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

The Housemasters manage and maintain social programs to connect students, GRTs, MIT faculty, and other community members. They provide academic and personal guidance to students to help them get the most out of their time at MIT. The Housemasters also manage the Residential Scholars Program at Simmons Hall.

Graduate Resident Tutors (GRTs)

GRTs, MIT’s equivalent of a Resident Assistant (RA), foster a living environment that is safe, welcoming, and inclusive of all community members. This responsibility includes encouraging personal growth, providing outlets for managing stress, and facilitating positive interpersonal relationships. GRTs are also responsible for implementing community standards, enhancing security, and promoting mutual respect among the residents. At Simmons Hall they can also be found flipping pancakes at the famous Simmons Hall Study Breaks and organizing floor-wide events.

Residential Life Associate Director (RLAD)

Joshua Gonzalez is the RLAD assigned to Simmons Hall. He is responsible for providing educational programming, facilitating event planning, and working with the Simmons Government to promote leadership.

Residential Scholars Program

The Founders Group of Simmons Hall envisioned a combined residential and multi-use environment in which the undergraduates of MIT could interact with other members of the community. Simmons includes many common spaces on the first floor that are intended to welcome our colleagues from across campus and our neighbors from Cambridge.

The Residential Scholars program is meant to enrich MIT with new ideas and perspectives from people who are eager to share their wealth of life experiences. The program is composed of faculty members on sabbatical leave from other institutions, artists, industry professionals, and a limited number of MIT faculty members who have shown, by a long history of contributions to the community, a reason to participate in this program.

The program is based in Simmons Hall but services the entire community. The Scholars, working with the permanent House Team, typically run programs on Friday evenings. Since its inception in 2003, the financial resources to support the program primarily have been provided by the scholarly allowance associated with the William and Betsy Leitch Professorship, which is held by John Essigmann, one of the Housemasters of Simmons Hall. The community is indebted to the Leitchs for their generous support of this program.

More about the Residential Scholars Program

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