United Nations Youth Summit 2017 Recap

On Friday, September 15, 2017, a group of FIT students and select FIT Student Government Association members were invited to the United Nations Headquarters by Peace Day 365 to celebrate the International Peace Day.   This event featured an exciting range of keynote speakers like H.E. Ambassador Hahn Choong-Hee (Deputy Permanent Representative of the republic of Korea to the United Nations), Daniel Perell (Baha’l international, Coalition for Global Citizenship), Representatives from the Nobel Peace Laureate Conference, and youth speakers who have initiated great innovative programs to engage youth around the world. The conference helped identify opportunities for action for the Sustainable Development Goals, and empowered young people to be change-makers by providing us with information about the resources that were available in New York City to do so. Tuesday’s Children – An initiative that works in partnership with experts from around the world and in collaboration with renowned facilitators and mental health professionals, to serve communities altered by an act of violence.   This was a great opportunity to learn about International Affairs and most importantly, developing peaceful solutions for world issues amongst youth. Representatives from AIESEC were one of the many incredible panelists present who shared their views on peace.   An important point was made in the conference about the children who are affected by this act of terrorism and disruptive activities that resulted in the lost their families and I quote, ‘Kids need families and love- not institutions, not government, not charity or anything else. Kids belong to people, not government not charity or these institutions! They need belongingness and quite frankly, anyone can provide belongingness and love, including...

SUNYSA President and Trustee, Marc J. Cohen Response to President Trump’s Decision to End DACA

SUNY Student Assembly Stands Committed to Supporting DREAMers September 5, 2017 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Austin Ostro, Austin.Ostro@sunysa.org “The SUNY Student Assembly is deeply disturbed by the news that President Trump has decided to end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. DACA has given over 800,000 undocumented Americans the opportunity to come out of the shadows and be embraced by the only country they have ever known. “This harmful, discriminatory decision will not impede the Student Assembly’s advocacy efforts on behalf of undocumented students. To the contrary, we stand more committed than ever to fighting for these vital members of the SUNY community on the local, state, and federal levels. “To the undocumented students across the SUNY system who will go to sleep tonight afraid, we have one message: We will fight as hard as we can to ensure that you are afforded the rights entitled to you as Americans. We will double down on our efforts to convert the bipartisan support which has been expressed for dreamers, into a permanent legislative solution for DACA recipients. “We urge all federal lawmakers to put partisanship aside and act to protect those whose status is now in jeopardy. Let’s not allow innocent young people to suffer at the hands of polarized, partisan politics.” About the SUNY Student Assembly The Student Assembly of the State University of New York (SUNY SA) is the recognized student government organization representing the nearly 600,000 students of the State University of New York. Comprised of student leaders elected by their peers from across SUNY’s 64 campuses, SUNY SA is committed to empowering students...

Message from SGA President Sonne Bajwa on Hurricane Harvey

To all my fellow students,     At FIT, many of us, myself included, tend to get a little obsessed with our classes, internships/jobs or perhaps even the finale of Game of Thrones. On a more serious note, a friend of mine once remarked that fashion, as glamorous and amazing as it can be, tends to lack in the area of philanthropy. For those of us that are already out there making moves to better society, thank you and I hope you will keep fighting the good fight.   With that in mind, on the behalf of the FIT Student Government Association (SGA), I extend our thoughts and prayers to the people of Texas and Louisiana. Hurricane Harvey has been a catastrophe on a scale that many people would never have imagined. To all my fellow students from Texas and Louisiana or those with connections in those areas, stay strong. Most of us, myself included, might not be able to imagine exactly how it feels but I have an inkling of it. When the earthquake and tsunami hit Indonesia in 2004, many of my relatives there were gravely affected. Fortunately, there was nothing fatal. I wish I were joking when I say that my dad was in Indonesia just a week before it happened. It is with that experience in mind that I hope you will stay strong and believe that things will get better. They truly will.   At times like this, we should all recognize our good fortune and be immensely grateful to be able to focus on issues that we want to focus on. More importantly,...

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...