Student Life: Current Students

Student Activities

 “I absolutely love it here—I truly believe this is the only graduate program where my experience could be this unique.”

—Warren Merkel,
SIT Graduate Institute alumni

Students participating in the annual multicultural fashion show

The Student Activities Office coordinates and supports co-curricular activities that include the arts, sports, and other types of recreation. Located on the second floor of the Student Center, the office sponsors dances, speakers, multicultural events, and various types of musical performances. Instruction in other areas are sometimes offered, depending on student interest. Classes in the past have included drawing, painting, and Latin salsa dance.

 The office is supervised by the director of Student Activities and Residence Life and supported by a part-time student activities coordinator. There are also student staff members who gain experience and skills in student activities and events planning while serving the campus community.

Sports and Recreation
Sports and recreation programming is part of the Student Activities Office responsibilities. Every fall, SIT Graduate Institute participates in informal intercollegiate co-ed soccer games, and there are opportunities throughout the year for students to play tennis, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, basketball, and softball.

  • Hiking Trails
    Local trails are good for hiking, running, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. The trails are marked and include scenic rest areas.
  • Sports Equipment
    The Student Activities Office has sports equipment that includes softball gear, volleyballs, basketballs, and cross-country skis. A refundable deposit is required.
  • Weight Room
    The weight room, a small facility, is equipped with a universal gym and free weights, a stair climber, an exercise bicycle, and a rowing machine.
  • Instructional Activities
    Instructional activities are offered on an ongoing basis. Among the activities that have been offered in the past are aerobics, yoga, and kickboxing.

Campus Organizations
Students are encouraged to explore areas of social concern to themselves and the community. Because the levels of interest and initiative are different in each academic year, new student organizations that are maintained on a volunteer basis are formed every year and tend to reflect the interest of the student population. In order to provide some consistency and continuity within the community, the SIT Graduate Institute Student Association (SITSA) has a budget to support the programming of student organizations and other ad hoc educational or social-cultural initiatives.

Student Association
The SIT Graduate Institute Student Association is recognized as the collective voice of the students. Representation includes a student from each degree program. Responsibilities of this group include recognizing official student organizations, allocating funds, providing input on campus policies, and acting as liaison between students, faculty, and the SIT Graduate Institute administration. SITSA also coordinates the appointment of a student representative to the World Learning Board of Trustees.

The groups SITSA has recognized in the past include Amnesty International, the Black Diaspora, the Environmental Working Group, GLoBE (Gays, Lesbians, or Bisexuals Everywhere), the student newspaper, and the Alliance for Women and Gender Relations.

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