Category Archives: Leadership

Leadership Weekend

Over this last week, FIT’s Spring 2017 Leadership Weekend group had their reunion. Leadership Weekend is a retreat of a group of up to 100 FIT students for the purpose of developing the students strengths in group work. I had the amazing opportunity, along with about 50 other FIT students of all grade levels, to attend the Spring 2017 Leadership Weekend Retreat at Star Lake Camp in Bloomingdale New Jersey. This retreat was everything I ever needed. The Leadership Ambassadors and the FIT faculty that set up the event really put effort into making a weekend for building relationships and communities with fellow students. From ice breaker activities on the bus ride to Star Lake Camp, to big and small group activities such as creating and presenting our very own imaginary country, Leadership Weekend was a creative community builder from start to finish.

The magic behind Leadership Weekend is that students and faculty alike are ready to participate in a weekend designated to getting to know each other and getting to know themselves. That’s where the leadership part came in. Each student was required to take a test to find out what their top five strengths are, and over the course of the weekend, understand how these strengths play a role in their life and make them who they are. There was an overwhelming realization that the strength test really got to the heart of who people are, and it lead to a lot of self-discovery. I came away from Leadership Weekend with an understanding of where my actions are derived from, what I want FIT to look like for other students, and an amazing network of newfound friends.

I would HIGHLY recommend attending a Leadership Weekend retreat as an FIT student. It’s a weekend get away from the hustle and bustle of New York City living, and it’s an all-expense paid trip. You make many close friends, and have a fun all weekend long. The only flaw, you’re only allowed to go one time! Unless you sign up to be a Leadership Ambassador that is.

Making Your Voice Heard at FIT

It feels like it’s been forever… and unfortunately, yes, yes it has! But nonetheless I am back, and surely this year has already been a whirlwind of new experiences, emotions, and preparation for the future that will all be written about! Enough of my personal babble, let’s talk… ELECTIONS!

After the mess of the presidential campaign, I find the Student Government Association’s elections to be an enjoyable process that enables the students of FIT to ACTUALLY get their voices heard. If you are a prospective student, this is a great read to know how you can get involved in school in the near future!

Here’s the scoop! Every Spring, the Student Gov’t Association (SGA) searches for the next year’s executive board. Informational sessions start at the beginning of the semester, leading into an announcement party in which the election committee handles. Out of the positions ranging between 22-24 depeneding on the year, nine (9) are able to be voted on by YOU, and the rest are conducted through an interview process. These positions are extremely important roles that can shape the following years events, activities, etc.

These are the nine (9) positions that are up to you to vote on:

  1. President
  2. Vice President
  3. Executive Secretary
  4. Director of Communications
  5. Director of Finance
  6. Director of Programming
  7. Director of Student Advocacy
  8. Director of Student Organizations
  9. Director of Sustainability

The following are the other positions you could interview for in the future:

  1. Coord. of Graphic Design
  2. Coord. of Digital and Social Media
  3. Coord. of Alumni Engagement
  4. Coord. of Athletics and Wellness
  5. Coord. of Commuter Affairs
  6. Coord. of Residential Affairs
  7. Coord. of Campus Diversity and Inclusion
  8. Coord. of Campus Day Events
  9. Coord. of Campus Evening Events
  10. Coord. of Off-Campus Events
  11. Coord. of Seventh Floor Events
  12. Programming Secretary/Treasurer
  13. Treasurer

Why vote you may ask? The FIT SGA is the voice of the 10,000+ students on campus. They are direct middle-men/women of the student body to faculty and administration, and uphold the power to make a difference on campus! They are here for YOU, so make YOUR voice heard!

Current FIT students, make your voice heard now by voting here, the polls close on March 17th, 2017 at 12pm. For prospectve students or current students looking to get involved next year, find out more information here!

For more information on this year’s candidates, check out W27’s Election Issue, out now on campus, and available online here!

The Kaleidoscope Dream at FIT

There is nothing more that I love than to see the brilliant and creative minds at FIT come together to create something breathtaking.

“Kaleidoscope Dream,” a student-produced fashion show by Runway27, lived up to its name in November, sending models down the runway wearing every color of the rainbow. While the vibrant styling drew the crowd’s attention, the real stars of the show were working behind the scenes, wearing all black.

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Runway27, a student club comprising students from the School of Art and Design, the School of Liberal Arts, and the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, works year round to put on this annual show. Splitting into three committees—merchandising, production, and public relations—students gain hands-on experience, learning the ins and outs of the business. The final looks were from both FIT’s own student designers and industry sponsors, including Sam Edelman, Calvin Klein, and other fashion companies.

Congratulations to Runway27 for yet another spectacular evening!

Meli B

FIT’s First Youth Delegate to the United Nations

Gabriella Manduca, FIT’s first student delegate to the United Nations, is well on her way to make a difference in the world.

Manduca, a seventh-semester International Trade and Marketing student, became a youth delegate this fall through one such NGO partner, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to international education and cultural exchange. As one of two NAFSA youth delegates, she attends the U.N. briefings and summarizes them for the association’s blog. She also encourages other students, including her FIT classmates, to engage with the U.N.

The U.N. Department of Public Information partners with more than 1,300 nongovernmental organizations, which meet for weekly briefings at U.N. headquarters in New York City. These NGOs send delegates to report on the briefings, which cover hot-button issues such as education, poverty, and the refugee crisis.

Manduca is passionate about fighting the sale of counterfeit goods, which is connected to organized crime and human-rights abuses. A 2014–15 Museum at FIT exhibition, Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits, made her aware of this global problem, and her ITM classes galvanized her further. She applied to be a NAFSA delegate to broaden her understanding of the global stage.

“A lot of people making sustainable innovations don’t realize they can make a difference on the scale of the U.N.,” Manduca said. “I thought this could be an opportunity to start that conversation here at FIT.”

Congratulations to our fellow Tiger, Gabriella!

Melinda Batista

Apply to Become a Leadership Ambassador!

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As a student leader, I cannot express how rewarding it is to serve the FIT community and positively create opportunities and change for students of all walks of life. Whether a prospective student or a current student, I believe getting involved on campus as a leader will give you the skills you need to become a successful business professional, scholarly student and a better person as a whole.

The overall vision of the Leadership Ambassador (LA) team of paraprofessionals is to work with the Counselor for Leadership Programs in the Department of Student Life to create intentional opportunities for students to learn what it means to lead at FIT and in their community. Students with limited involvement seeking to get more involved are encouraged to apply, as well as students who have demonstrated a commitment to student leadership who would like to share their knowledge with their peers.

Some of the duties of a Leadership Ambassador include:

  • Assist with facilitating leadership education trainings and presentations as ambassadors of the Department of Student Life as needed.
  • Serve as Student Facilitators on Leadership Weekends (occurs in September and February).
  • Complete a leadership project based on personal interests in the New York City community and present to college.
  • Assist in the development of leadership events, service-learning initiatives, and civic engagement opportunities.
  • Advance communication and marketing efforts for Leadership Programs.  This may include the use of social media, websites, promotional tables, and personal communication.
  • Assist in the recruitment of future Leadership Ambassadors.
  • Report to the Counselor for Leadership Programs in the Department of Student Life at FIT, and attend all trainings, events, and meetings related to the position.
  • Support administrative tasks and planning for leadership programs.

It is important to note that the following requirements:

  1. Must have a cumulative college GPA of 3.0.
  2. Must be in good standing in FIT Student Conduct System.
  3. Must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program at FIT for the duration of the 2017-2018 academic year.
  4. Prior attendance at a Leadership Weekend and at least two (2) Leadership Workshops in 2016-2017.

to learn more about the Leadership Ambassador position, click hereAPPLICATIONS are now live!  Apply by Friday, March 1st to be considered.

Go get em’, Tigers!

Meli B.