UN Youth Assembly Recap

FIT students Ishani Shah and Ryan Donohue don’t just want to learn about social development issues, but also solve them. Ishani, Director of Sustainability, and Ryan, Treasurer for SGA, participated in the 2018 Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York City from Feb. 14-16. The three-day conference brought together around 1,000 youth volunteers from more than 100 countries to discuss the importance of innovation, civic engagement, and collaborative partnerships. The 21st session of the annual event focused on the theme, Innovation and Collaboration for a Sustainable World, and looked in depth at five goals on the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Clean water and sanitation Affordable and clean energy Sustainable cities and communities Responsible consumption and production Life on land (protecting ecosystems) “The purpose of the conference is to not only discuss ideas, but also how they can be applicable in your country. What works in one country might not work in another because every country has a different set of economic indicators, such as life expectancy, income levels, and population” said Ishani. “The world is such a vast place and with all that goes on right here in NYC, it is sometimes easy to forget the problems that many people face. Participating in the youth assembly allowed me to see the world in a more global perspective and let me connect with other youth who are passionate about global change” Ryan added. Ishani is working on trying to bridge the gap between international organizations like the United Nations and WHO  with well recognized institutions like FIT. She feels that FIT students have...

Welcome Letter by the President, FITSGA 2017-18

To my fellow students at FIT, During this year’s Student Government Association elections, there were nearly triple the number of voters as compared to last year, with a total of 406 students that voted. I would like to first extend my sincere appreciation to those of you who took the time to vote and help shape your campus life for the coming year. With that said, it is my honor to be elected to serve all of you as the President of the FIT SGA for the 2017-18 year. FIT has provided me with incredible opportunities throughout my time here. One of the main reasons I decided to run for President was because I wanted to give back to FIT after all that this school has done for me. I want to help motivate more students to fully utilize all the opportunities that FIT already has and then to help develop even more opportunities that the student body desires. I believe it is important to state that I acknowledge and am aware of how some students, some of whom are my friends that support me, feel that FIT and/or the SGA have many areas that need improvement. I hear you and I understand why some of you feel this way. I can’t and shouldn’t promise you that I can do everything that you ask for and meet your every demand. As much as I would like for it to be the case, providing unlimited scholarships for all students, booking Beyoncé for a concert and having Gordon Ramsay cook in the dining hall are not likely to happen. All jokes...

The 2017-2018 Board of Directors

Hello Students: Here is our Board of Directors. You can find more about them in the About section. President: Sonne Bajwa Vice President: Joanna Mingo Secretary: Hannah Lo Director of Communications: Natalie Ho Director of Finance: Saravine Naitingale Director of Programming: Paul Wederski Director of Student Advocacy: Molly Dunbar Director of Student Organizations: Marty Sullivan II Director of Sustainability: Ishani...

The Voice of 10,000 — A Letter from President Joyce F. Brown

One of the three goals in FIT’s strategic plan is to provide what we call an “empowering student experience in a cohesive community.” What could be more “empowering” to you, our students, than to give you a voice in the governance of the college—a voice that represents you to the faculty, administration, staff, and to the board of trustees. That voice is the FIT Student Association, the FIT student government. Our student government is here to serve you, to listen to you, to act as your representative and advocate. Through your association president, you have a voting seat on the college’s board of trustees. And your reach goes beyond this campus: it goes to City Hall, to the legislators in Albany and to our representatives in Washington as well. You can be part of this exciting enterprise by participating in the work of the student association—attending meetings, joining committees, voting for its officers.   And I hope you do. Through the student association, you will have heightened opportunity to engage with FIT’s wide diversity of students and become acquainted with their needs and desires. You will develop your leadership skills. You will have a say in the extra-curricular programs and activities on campus, and, as our strategic plan states, you will be able to “create FIT traditions that generate a strong sense of community and school spirit.” But there is more.   Through your participation in the FIT student association, you will be preparing—hands-on—for lives of civic responsibility. Indeed, you will be preparing to take on the role of “citizen”—perhaps the most important in our democracy. And in doing so, you...