The WGSS Mission

Established in 1975, the MIT Working Group for Support Staff (WGSS) formerly known as the Working Group on Support Staff Issues (WGSSI) consists of Support and Administrative Staff throughout the Institute who work to address issues of concern to support staff employees at MIT. We act to continually improve the working environment and perception of support staff at MIT. We do this by:

  • identifying issues that concern support staff
  • forming groups which research these issues
  • recommending actions to the appropriate parties
  • communicating results to support staff
  • providing networking opportunities for support staff and
  • sponsoring events

All MIT/Lincoln Lab Support and Administrative staff interested in support staff issues are welcome to become members of the WG


Two co-conveners (1 senior, 1 junior) nominated by WGSS members guide the WG and its task groups and committees throughout the academic year. The co-conveners serve as liaisons between WGSS and MIT's Human Resource Department which oversees all committee organizations operating under the approval of the Institute, and each sits on an additional MIT committee: the senior co-convenor attends the Information Group and Council on Family and Work meetings and the junior co-convener attends the Women's Advisory Group meetings. The co-conveners serve overlapping two-year terms. To contact them, email WGCC

In addition to the co-convenors are WGSS co-chairs who coordinate the activities within the committees and task groups. Co-chairs on a need basis, support the overall work of the WGSS and assist in the planning of activities and initiatives taken up by the committees and task groups.


WGSS is sponsored by the Vice President for Human Resources at MIT. Throughout the year, HR gives presentations to the WG on topics related to the work life of all support staff employees

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