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...

The High Five Campaign

Lets bring larger scaled events to FIT ‘s campus! Hello FIT Students, As we all know, every full-time student enrolled in FIT pays a $60 student activities fee. Additionally, part-time students pay a $5 per credit fee. This fee supports campus involvement and engagement, and is used to fund campus events, organizations, publications and more. However, the core of this funding goes to events, which can vary in price depending on a number of things. An example is last semester’s comedy show with MTV’s hit series, Girl Code; the event seated 700 students and cost thousands of dollars. Other successful uses of the student activities fee are as follows: Breakfast for Dinner, $25 Broadway tickets, Free Movie Night, Commuter Week, Block Party and many more. In the past five years student involvement has risen by 35%, and the cost of goods and services in New York City has gone up exponentially, too. However, we have never increased the fee. This has led to ending our term with an over $200,000 deficit. As a result, we have cut back much of our spending and allocation to student organizations. However, the problem remains. For this reason we are proposing a raise in FIT’s student activities fee through an initiative called the High Five Campaign. The project will be spearheaded by our Executive Treasurers, Jessica Accardi and Dyon Tran. Through the High Five Campaign we hope to establish a record of transparency by educating the FIT community on the use of the student activities fee. We are proposing to increase the fee a mere $5 a semester for full time students, and $1 per creditfor part time students. This...