REFS support their peers. They are trained in conflict management and coaching, and serve their peers throughout the ups and downs of the MIT experience. You can be a REFS, or seek one out for coaching or a listening ear. There are REFS who serve primarily the students in their department, as well as REFS who serve anyone across the Institute, regardless of affiliation.
Institute-wide REFS (iREFS) are available to any student on campus. Whether you are feeling stressed about a course or have an issue with a labmate or advisor, you can reach out to Institute REFS for coaching, advice, or just to be a good listener.
Departmental REFS (dREFS) are an excellent resource for issues and concerns specific to your department or your field of study. dREFS are found in 9 departments at MIT, with new dREFS starting every year.
MIT medical REFS
For staff members in MIT Medical, you have peers to support you as well. Trained in mediation, these staff members can assist you with everyday issues to larger concerns, and are a private resource to you.