About the REFS program:
REFS (Resources for Easing Friction and Stress) is an umbrella term for peer support programs at the Institute. There are currently graduate student dREFS in departments, labs and centers across campus; and medREFS, staffpeople in MIT Medical who are resources to fellow staff. The newest initiative, to which you are applying here, is called iREFS (Institute-wide REFS), and began with a group of 15 graduate students and one postdoc in February 2015 to provide peer support regardless of affiliation or location in the MIT community.
REFS provide low barrier, informal, confidential* services to their peers in conflict management. REFS are available to their fellows to support, informally mentor, and mediate during times of uncertainty, stress or conflict. REFS can provide information about appropriate resources and make informed referrals. Students talk to their REFS about anything from lab-partners disputes to uncertainty in communication with advisors to personal issues.
If you believe you would be a good candidate for this position, please continue on to the application below. Candidates will be accepted on a rolling basis, with training sessions in Fall, Spring, and August of each year. Please note, completion of a 40-hour Conflict Management training is required to become an iREFS, though you may apply and be accepted at any point in the year; between acceptance and training, there are other ways to be involved, such as through outreach and publicity for the program.
Thank you for your interest. Please direct questions to ConflictManagement@mit.edu.