- Prospective Students
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SIT 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.
“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
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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael P. Smallis
Dean of Students
Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Campus Life
Assistant Dean of Students for International Programs
Director of Counseling and Disability Support Services
Student Affairs Coordinator
Director of Residential Life and Activities
Executive Assistant to the Deans
Washington, DC Center Student Services Coordinator
Director of International Student and Scholar Office
Student Health Services Assistant
Cheryl Pennie Williams
Director of Student Health Administration