About

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.

Heads Of House

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

The Head of House manage and maintain engagement 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 Heads of House also manage the Residential Scholars Program at Simmons Hall.

Graduate Resident Tutors (GRTs)

The Graduate Resident Tutor (GRT) is a live-in graduate student role designed to support and enhance the living experience for undergraduates at MIT. A GRT works to foster a supportive, safe, and positive living and learning environment for all residential students. GRTs are mentors and educators who encourage personal growth, provide outlets for managing stress, and facilitate positive interpersonal relationships. GRA/GRTs are responsible for fostering an inclusive community built upon shared community standards and mutual respect.

Area Director (AD)

Kristen Shannon is the AD assigned to Simmons Hall. She is responsible for providing educational programming, facilitating event planning, and working with the Simmons Government to promote leadership.

House Manager

Nika Hollingsworth is the Simmons House Manager. The house manager is responsible for the operational aspects of the building. She oversees front desk operations as well as custodial and maintenance staff. Her goal is to make Simmons a safe, secure, and pleasant place to live.

Nika loves to see and meet students! Her office is in the mailbox lounge, and is almost always open.
Her hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Residential Scholars Program

Inspired by the Report of the MIT Taskforce on Student Life and Learing, 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 from elsewhere who are eager to share their wealth of life experiences. The program is composed of faculty members on sabbatical leave from other institutions,international scholars, artists, industry professionals, and a limited number of MIT faculty members who have shown, by a 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 Heads of House of Simmons Hall. The community is indebted to the Leitchs for their generous support of this program.

To enquire about eligibility for the Residential Scholars Program, please contact srhall@mit.edu. The application form is here .

More about the Residential Scholars Program

The House Team

The Heads of House, Area Director, House Manager, and GRTs form the House Team, which provide academic and personal guidance to students to help them get the most out of their time at MIT. The House Team fosters a living environment that is safe, welcoming, and inclusive of all community members. The Heads of House and Area Director may represent Simmons students on various committees and task forces in addition to their regular duties.

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