Kay founded GWAMIT in 2009 through grassroots meetings with graduate women, developing organizational leadership, and building collaborations with existing offices and services at MIT. She is currently involved with leadership development within GWAMIT, fundraising and collaborations development, and as an advisory co-chair to the Advocacy Team. Kay also serves as GWAMIT's Representative to the Women's Advisory Group and Association of MIT Alumnae (AMITA) and is an active participant in the Graduate Student Council (GSC) Executive Committee.
Kay was inspired to form Graduate Women at MIT from her experience in undergrad at MIT (where male:female ratios approach 50:50) and continuance into graduate school at MIT (where ratios institute-wide approach 70:30 in 2008). As a joint Harvard-MIT student, Kay actively participates in Harvard Graduate Women in Science, a graduate women's group institutionalized by Harvard in response to the controversial comments of then President Larry Summers. The HGWISE model inspired Kay to ask: why couldn't this work at MIT? The response from graduate women across MIT was that not only was a graduate women's group at MIT relevant and timely, but further that graduate women wanted to help. With such passion and momentum, the rest is history.
With GWAMIT's now strong event base, Kay is interested in continuing to develop GWAMIT's sustainability, including (1) leadership within GWAMIT, (2) further developing membership to include the some 2,200 graduate women across MIT, and (3) institutionalization by solidifying relationships within the broader MIT Community.
Kay hopes to continue to serve GWAMIT on the GWAMIT Advisory Board following her term as Executive Chair, as she defends her Ph.D. thesis in Spring 2013 before starting medical school in the Fall of 2013.