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#Enough National School Walkout

 

To the FIT Community:

 

As you may know, a 17-minute school “walkout” will take place nationally on Wednesday, March 14th  starting at 10:00 am.  Called #Enough National School  Walkout,  it is a student-led campaign responding to the killing of 17 people—largely students— at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last month.

 

As I mentioned in an earlier memo, FIT will be participating in the walkout.  Students, faculty and staff are all welcome to join—but of course,  participation is fully voluntary.   In order that it be conducted in the spirit developed by the national campaign, I would like to share the following guidelines:

 

  • The walkout will be peaceful in order to properly respect and commemorate the 17 students and school officials whose lives were lost.
  • To remind people of the event, five minutes prior to 10:00 am there will be a public announcement about the walkout—followed by an announcement at 10:00 am so that community members can exit their classrooms and offices as quickly as possible.
  • We encourage the use of the corridors or related external spaces closest to the classroom or office you occupy. The breezeway between the Dubinsky Student Center and the Business and Liberal Arts Center may be used by those near that space.
  • At 10:17 am, a public announcement will indicate the end of the walkout and participants will return to their classrooms and offices.
  • The color orange has been selected to symbolize the Stoneman Douglas High School murders. All are welcome to wear orange, whether actively participating or not.

 

The FIT walkout is being coordinated by the Enrollment Management and Student Success office.  As we approach March 14th, you will see other notifications about it  in other venues throughout the campus.   I am very pleased to support this event and am particularly pleased that it came to us through concerned FIT students.  I hope it will provide an opportunity to  mourn  as a community the cruel  loss of life as well to contemplate ways to prevent its reoccurrence.

 

Dr. Joyce F. Brown

President

Read more at Women’s March Global

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 a great potential to be a voice at these institutions. The UN Youth Assembly conference is a means of coming together and brainstorming ways to innovate, collaborate, and co-create social impact globally.

Both Shah and Donohue are well-equipped to discuss social development. Ishani is a student representative on the President’s Sustainability Council, Faculty Senate Council on Sustainability, Student Code of Conduct Council and Chairs the Fashion Revolution Committee at FIT. She also Vice-Chairs the Grad Week committee. She has been working on plans to make Orientation week more sustainable and Grad week more sustainable.

Ryan is a board member for the Student Faculty Corporation which is a non profit organization, sits on the finance and development committee for the SUNY Student Assembly. He is also a recipient of the Elaine Stone Scholarship at FIT for that is awarded to an FBM major who excels academically and plans to pursue a career in the retail industry. Ryan will be interning with retail giant Macy’s this summer and hopes to implement what he learned at the conference there.

 

“Accountability starts with governments. I strongly recommend FIT students and Students around the world to join the GEM Report’s Campaign on Right to Education.

Where you are born shouldn’t determine what kind of opportunities you get. AMPLIFY, ADVOCATE and ASK. Be the change you want to see in this world! I’m looking forward to learning more about the intersection of business and global development at an organization as well-known and experienced as the United Nations.”

“AT FIT, you don’t only learn about fashion, you learn about sustainable fashion and the societal aspects of it too. We need students at FIT to be socially responsible students and vigilant and responsible world citizens who make a positive impact on this world.” She concludes.

https://www.youthassembly.nyc

 

 

Save the Dates!

Welcome incoming and returning tigers! Read below to see our upcoming events. We have an exciting semester waiting for you all!

January:

  • Dinner and a Movie: FIT ❤️s FIT!
    • Wednesday 1/24 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. |Dubinsky Dining Hall
  • A Walk in the Park
    • Thursday 1/25 | 7-9 p.m. | John E. Reeves Great Hall
  • Ticket Sale: Hello Dolly! with Bernadette Peters
    • Friday 1/26 | 3:15-4 p.m. | David Dubinsky Student Center A734
  • Seventh Floor and More
    • Friday 1/26 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Dubinsky Student Center 7th Floor

February:

  • DRAG Auditions 
    • Thursday 2/8 | 6-9 p.m. | Haft Auditorium
  • Ticket Sale: NYC Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet 
    • Tuesday 2/13 | 1-1:30 p.m. | David Dubinsky Student Center A734
  • Pre-Valentine’s Day Party
    • Tuesday 2/13 | 6 p.m. | Game Room, David Dubinsky Student Center A738
  • Ticket Sale: Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Session
    • Friday 2/23 | 8:30-10:30 p.m. | David Dubinsky Student Center A734

-More Event Dates Coming Soon-