Student Life

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 alumnus

 

Gradaute dormsSIT Graduate Institute’s supportive, diverse, and community-focused learning environment is designed to help all students achieve their academic potential. Students in on-campus programs complete most of their coursework at either SIT’s Brattleboro, Vermont Campus or Washington, DC Center. In addition, students may have the opportunity to study and/or work in other World Learning centers and offices around the world.

SIT students have access to a number of support services, including counseling and disability services. In addition, students can utilize a number of on-campus facilities and can participate in a variety of activities and events throughout the year.

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 is sometimes offered, depending on student interest. Classes in the past have included drawing, painting, and Latin salsa dance.

Latin dance class at El CafeThe office is supervised by the director of Student Activities and Residence Life and is 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.

Past activities at SIT’s Vermont campus include:

  • Guest speakers who talk about social issues
  • Plays and readings on socially important issues
  • Reception for art installation
  • Celebrations of international holidays
  • Soccer league and basketball tournament
  • International fashion and entertainment show
  • Classes on African drumming Latin dance
  • Yoga, Zumba, and  Capoeira classes
  • Halloween and Mardi Gras dances
  • Drawing and painting and classes
  • Holiday bazaar
  • Open mic nights
  • Spring Olympics

Past activities at SIT’s Washington, DC Center include:

  • Weekend soccer on the mall
  • Monthly birthday celebrations
  • International potluck dinners
  • Book launches for significant books in the field of sustainable development
  • Guest lectures by significant people in the NGO world
  • SIT-World Bank panel on international development practice and partnerships
  • World Learning chapter of Toastmasters International
  • Plays given by the World Bank
  • Meet-ups and networking opportunities with a variety of interest groups and professional associations
  • Free classical concerts at the Kennedy Center
  • Visits to the Library of Congress, the US Capitol, and the Smithsonian museums
  • Dinner with Madeleine Albright

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.
  • 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.

Learn more about student life and activities at SIT.

The Office of Campus Life, through the Division of Student Affairs, provides co-curricular support through a wide range of services and activities, including:

DormStudents on our Vermont campus have the option of living in on-campus dorms or off-campus in and around the Brattleboro area.  Our Vermont campus has a dining facility open to both on and off-campus students.

At this time, we do not offer housing in our Washington, DC Center. We do offer webinars for our Washington, DC students to assist with finding housing in the area.

Learn more about housing.

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.

Michael P. Smallis
Michael P. Smallis

Dean of Students
Michael Smallis has been SIT’s dean of students since summer 2008. Mr. Smallis has over twenty-five years of experience in student affairs and is particularly skilled in the areas of student development and leadership, conflict resolution, parent relations, risk mitigation, and crisis management.

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Stephen Sweet
Stephen Sweet

Assistant Dean of Students for Campus Life
Title IX Coordinator

Stephen Sweet has been a member of the SIT Student Affairs team since 2011. He began his work with SIT as the Student Affairs coordinator for SIT Study Abroad and transitioned to assistant dean of students for Campus Life in early spring of 2012.

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Jane Buckingham
Jane Buckingham

Director of Counseling and Disability Services
Jane Buckingham holds a master's degree in counseling psychology from Antioch University New England. With more than twenty years as a mental health professional, she is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), nationally certified counselor (NCC), and a trained mediator.

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Jennifer Core
Jennifer Core

Assistant Dean of Students for International Programs
Jennifer Core has been working in the field of experiential education, program management, and student affairs for more than 15 years. She holds a master’s degree in intercultural service, leadership and management from SIT Graduate Institute, and a bachelor’s degree in religion and English from Pacific Lutheran University; she is currently pursuing a master of arts in teaching.

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David Finck
David Finck

Director of Student Activities and Residence Life
David Finck, a 20-year veteran of higher education, spent his undergraduate years studying life sciences and then working in recombinant DNA research at UCLA.

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Laurie Granger
Laurie Granger

Executive Assistant to the Dean of Students
Laurie Granger is the executive assistant to the dean of students and has worked in various capacities for SIT since 1991. She holds a BA in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany.

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Janet Hulnick
Janet Hulnick

Director of International Student and Scholar Services
Janet Hulnick is the director of International Student and Scholar Services at SIT Graduate Institute. She has more than 25 years’ experience in immigration and support services for international students and scholars. 

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Julia Karpicz
Julia Karpicz

Assistant Director of Disability Services ‚Äč
Julia Rose Karpicz provides disability support services to students at SIT Graduate Institute, SIT Study Abroad, and The Experiment in International Living. She holds an MA in international education from New York University and a BA in political science from UNC Chapel Hill.

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Beverly Langeveld
Beverly Langeveld

Student Health Services Assistant
802 258-3341
beverly.langeveld@sit.edu

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Nkenge Ransom-Friday
Nkenge Ransom-Friday

Associate Director of Student Affairs and Senior Admissions Officer
202 464-6466
nkenge.friday@sit.edu

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Cheryl Pennie Williams
Cheryl Pennie Williams

Manager of Student Health Administration
802 258-3523
cheryl.williams@worldlearning.org

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