Programs

Programs

Westgate Community Gardening Program
Community Gardening at Westgate happens through individual plot gardening (located near the Westgate highrise shuttle stop) and through community garden planting (located between lowrise buildings C&D). Together, these efforts are coordinated by volunteer residents who support "growing" and healthy eating at Westgate.
Questions? Contact the Community Gardening Coordinators at westgate-communitygarden [at] mit [dot] edu
Join our Facebook Westgate Gardening page
Westgate Individual Garden Plots
Located on Amherst Alley beside the Tang/Westgate shuttle stop there are 18 individual plots for personal use. Gardeners grow fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers and other produce in their spare time, learn about tending a garden, and have fun. You do not need to have any experience with tending a garden, only curiosity and a willingness to learn. We will provide you with the necessary tools and materials and the rest is yours to learn, grow, eat and enjoy!
Information about signing-up: There is a sign-up lottery in late winter for new people who are interested in participating. Assignments are made in the spring, around April 1st. Once you get a plot you can renew and do not need to enter the lottery again.
Events, Meetings, Workshops: During the spring and summer we have an annual Westgate seed swap, gardeners meeting, plus some casual work days and workshops/sessions so we can start gardening and meet each other.
Communication: Facebook group Westgate Gardening

Mailing list plot-gardeners [at] mit [dot] edu
Questions? Contact the Plot Garden Coordinator at Westgate-plotgardens [at] mit [dot] edu
Happy Gardening!

Buddy Program & Welcome Baskets
RFRCs hold the Buddy Program and prepare Welcome Baskets for upcoming new student families every year during summer. The Program pairs new residents and current residents to ease the transition into MIT and Westgate. Every new student family moving in Fall semester will receive a 'Welcome Basket' which consists of a recycling grocery bag filled with items that will help with their transition to Westgate, including soap, some food, paper towels, etc., grocery maps, and a welcome letter. If you would like to participate in the Buddy Program, either as a new or current resident, please contact the RFRC's at westgate-rfrc [at] mit [dot] edu
Bright Ideas
Propose an event and you may be able to get Westgate funds to make it happen!
Fill out the Contact Form or contact any WEC member with the following information:
Name and Apt:
Email Address:
Event Title:
Event Description:
Estimated Cost:
Boardgames
Westgate owns several boardgames available to residents for a short-time rental. Details of the rental policy can be found here.
Coffee Hour
Westgate hosts casual coffee hours every Wednesday night at 9PM in the main lounge. Residents come to socialize, relax and watch TV or just enjoy the snacks and coffee.
Floor Representative Program
Floor representatives host small scale events with other residents on the same floor or in their entryway to help introduce new residents to the Westgate community and foster a neighborly atmosphere. To volunteer to be a floor representative, email westgate-rfrc [at] mit [dot] edu
Hot Grill Nights
Hot Grill Nights are hosted every Friday night between May and September. Starting at 6PM, Westgate residents are invited to come down to the BBQ pits and grill their own food. The grills are run by members of the WEC and residents are encouraged, but not required, to enjoy their dinners outside with their fellow residents. Check the calendar for exact dates and times.
Language Partners Program
The Language Partners Program pairs English-speaking residents with others who want to learn or improve their English. The residents meet at their convenience to learn and practice both English and the residents native language. If you would like to participate in the Language Partners Program, contact the CRCs at westgate-crc [at] mit [dot] edu. We currently have 20 participates practicing English, Mandarin, Polish, Korean, and Spanish. The following languages are available:
Speaks English, wants to practice Spanish: 3
Speaks English, wants to practice Armenian: 1
Speaks English, wants to practice Russian: 1
Speaks Mandarin, wants to practice English: 1
Speaks Farsi, wants to practice English: 1
Speaks Hindi, wants to practice English: 1
Speaks Spanish, wants to practice Portuguese, Hebrew, or French: 1
Speaks Arabic wants to practice English: 1
Speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, and English, wants to practice Japanese: 1
Speaks Mandarin and Cantonese, wants to practice English with female partner: 1
Sports
Westgate hosts a number of intramural sports teams during the year. Information on which sports we'll be playing and our schedules will be posted here as well as on the calendar during the term. If you would like to participate in or schedule another small sporting event with other Westgate and Eastgate residents, visit The Eastgate/Westgate Sports Sign-Up Page