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
SIT Student Affairs supports student health, safety and wellbeing. We partner with students, faculty, and staff to create a high-quality educational experience that fosters inclusion, a sense of community, and responsibility.
The Department of Campus Life includes Residence Life and Student Activities, International Student and Scholar Services, Orientation, Title IX, and Student Conduct. We partner closely with Counseling and Disability Services and our colleagues across campus to ensure that all students are able to reach their full potential.
All staff offices are on the second floor of the Student Center. The first floor is home to El Café, serving locally roasted coffee from Mocha Joe’s Roasting Company. Here we host musical and other performance events, panel discussions, dance parties, open mics, and many other student-driven activities. It is also the location of the convenient grab-and-go café.
The Vermont Room is a multi-use wellness space where students participate in yoga, meditation, capoeira, and other activities.
The main lobby of the Student Center is an open lounge where students gather to read, complete group projects, or simply relax in a rocking chair between classes.
Student activities reflect the interests and initiatives of current SIT students. The director of Residence Life and Student Activities works closely with a student activities coordinator and a staff of student employees to develop social, educational, and recreational activities such as:
- Guest speakers and panels focusing on social justice
- Celebrations of international holidays
- International fashion and entertainment shows
- African drumming and Latin dance classes
- Yoga, Zumba, and Capoeira classes
- Halloween and Mardi Gras dances
- Harlem Renaissance Ball
- Drawing and painting classes
- Holiday bazaar
- Open mic nights
- Spring Olympics
- Chipmunks recreational soccer league
- Basketball/tennis/Ping-Pong tournaments
Students also may borrow basketballs, soccer balls, Frisbees, snowshoes, sleds, and other sports equipment through the Student Activities office. (Bicycles are available through the Donald B. Watt library.)
The International Student and Scholar Office provides special assistance to all SIT international graduate students and scholars. In addition to providing necessary information on student visas and other U.S. immigration regulations, the office counsels and advises students on cultural opportunities, cross-cultural concerns, employment, banking, driving regulations, and much more.
For more information contact:
Director, International Student and Scholar Office
Student Center Room 207
Phone: 802 258-3364
Fax: 802 258-3252
Vermont students have the option of living on campus in one of our comfortable residence halls. The Vermont campus has a convenient grab-and-go cafe open to both on- and off-campus students. Room sizes vary slightly, but all include a bed, desk, closet, bureau, mini refrigerator, shared bathrooms and most have access to a full kitchen. Students selected to serve as resident advisors provide personal and administrative support to their peers in the residence halls.
SIT’s Office of Residence Life maintains a list of off-campus housing opportunities in Brattleboro and the surrounding area. Please email David Finck directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for the current list of apartment rentals and shared living opportunities.
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.
Our food service program is designed to offer flexibility in meal services to residential students. The cost of the meal plan includes many facets of dining as described below.
Student Café – This is SIT’s convenient grab-and-go café. In addition to serving locally roasted Mocha Joe’s Coffee and specialty beverages, the café offers freshly made, packaged meal and snack items; pop-up hot food specials, and other popular items.
Community Meal – Once each week, there is a full dinner buffet served in the International Center. Many of these special meals are prepared and presented by a local restaurant. This dining experience is included as part of the on-campus meal program and available to commuter students at a special price.
Saturday Breakfast Buffet – On Saturday mornings, a full, hot breakfast buffet is available in the International Center Dining Room area.
Residential Kitchen Areas – Residence halls are furnished with a full kitchen area where students may store and prepare food on their own.
Nestled in the southeastern corner of Vermont, bordering New Hampshire and Massachusetts, Brattleboro is Vermont’s commercial and tourism gateway. It has been named one of the Ten Best Small Towns in America (Fodor’s); one of the Fifty Best Places to Live: The Next Great Adventure Towns (National Geographic); and one of the Eight Great Places You’ve Never Heard Of (Mother Earth News).
- Airport transportation is available through Thomas Transportation.
- Regional bus service, with stops at SIT, is provided by The Current.
Brattleboro features the best of small-town living: friendly neighbors, great shops and restaurants, parks and recreation areas, and a thriving local arts scene. It is also home five institutions of higher education including SIT.
Brattleboro attracts entrepreneurs who have started strong and innovative businesses. The New England Center for Circus Arts calls Brattleboro home, as do 60 start-up businesses and arts organizations in the converted Cotton Mill Hill.
The historic downtown is dotted with family-owned retail stores including four independent bookstores, restaurants, a museum, art galleries, and the extensive Brattleboro Food Co-op. A thriving outdoor Farmer’s Market runs May through October and moves into the downtown River Garden for the winter months.
The first Friday of each month brings Gallery Walk, when galleries, arts organizations, and stores stay open late to display new artwork and hold performances. The Strolling of the Heifers in June attracts people from throughout the region and the world for a weekend-long celebration of local agriculture. And the Brattleboro Literary Festival in October attracts readers, writers and well-known authors.
The Department of Campus Life supports all student clubs and organizations at SIT. Some student clubs continue from year to year, while others emerge based on student interests or current events.
The following organizations are supported from year to year:
Alliance for Women and Gender Relations, created in 1988, provides a co-curricular forum to address women’s issues and gender concerns. It raises awareness through events and activities including a Women’s History Month celebration, movie discussions, and brown-bag lunches. Additionally, it provides support to individuals confronted with gender issues in their personal, professional, and academic lives, and serves as a referral source to connect individuals with other support services as needed.
Green Up SIT is focused on environmental justice and sustainability initiatives on and off campus. Green Up partners closely with campus staff and faculty to coordinate initiatives that support SIT’s value of sustainability.
International Students of Academic Programs (ISAP), SIT’s international student organization, was established in 1997 to address the needs and concerns of international students. ISAP sponsors various multicultural events such as a geography series and international dinners.
Racial Justice Alliance (RJA), founded in 2014, is a student group created to guide its members and other SIT students, faculty, and staff toward becoming agents for change locally and globally, and to serve as allies, activists, and resource beacons in our nation’s crisis of racial injustice.
Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA) is a student club aimed at creating a safe space for LGBTQi students at SIT. It was in 1995 founded as GLoBE (Gays, Lesbians, or Bisexuals Everywhere) The group discusses issues, provides peer support, shares stories, and organizes educational and social programming on and off campus.
SIT Student Association (SITSA) is the recognized collective student voice on campus. It is made up of representatives from all academic degree areas, cohort groups, and student organizations. SITSA is often asked to provide input and feedback regarding campus decisions, and to bring forward student concerns for open dialogue.
Community Outreach Program
The Community Outreach Program began in spring 2016, the result of an initiative proposed by students to create opportunities for SIT students to strengthen the bridge between School for International Training and the Brattleboro community and foster students’ connections with local organizations.
The program’s two Community Outreach coordinators connect with local organizations and set up weekly volunteer days for students. These have included volunteer days at the Retreat Farm, Camp Waubanong, the Boys and Girls Club, Groundworks Collaborative Overflow Shelter, and the Gathering Place, an adult day center.
The Community Outreach Program also launched an awareness-building fundraiser, selling bracelets at local shops and businesses to support the movement against a pipeline in Standing Rock, South Dakota. The campaign also support Groundworks Collaborative by spreading awareness of homelessness and raising money for a new overflow shelter.
Students also coordinate weekly food deliveries to the overflow shelter from November to April; volunteer weekly at the Boys and Girls Club; and at the Gathering Place, an adult day center.
- Michael P. Smallis
Dean of Students
Michael Smallis has been SIT’s dean of students since summer 2008. Michael 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
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
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), a nationally certified counselor (NCC), and a trained mediator.
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- 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 comparative religion and English literature from Pacific Lutheran University; she is currently pursuing a master of arts in teaching.
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- Andrea Crommett
Andrea “Andee” Crommett has been a member of Disability Services since 2015. As an accommodations assistant, she provides disability support services to students at SIT Graduate Institute and SIT Study Abroad.
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- 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
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
Director of International Student and Scholar Services
Janet Hulnick is the director of International Student and Scholar Services at SIT Graduate Institute and supports the Student Affairs on-call team for SIT Study Abroad. She has more than 25 years’ experience in immigration and support services for international students and scholars.
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- Julia Karpicz
Assistant Director of Disability Services
Julia Rose Karpicz provides disability support services to students at SIT Graduate Institute and SIT Study Abroad. 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
Student Health Services Assistant
Beverly Langeveld joined SIT as a student health services assistant in 2007. She is first point of contact for students and parents with questions about the health forms and health information needed for SIT Study Abroad and SIT Graduate Institute.
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- Nkenge Ransom-Friday
Associate Director of Student Affairs and Senior Admissions Officer
Nkenge currently serves as the Associate Director of Student Affairs and Senior Admissions Officer at SIT Graduate Institute’s Washington, DC Center. She is a graduate of Tougaloo College with a BA in English and the University of Oklahoma with an MA in international/human relations.
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- Cheryl Pennie Williams
Manager of Student Health Administration
Cheryl Pennie Williams is the manager of student health administration for SIT Study Abroad and SIT Graduate Institute. She holds a bachelor of science in social work, a master’s in information systems from Pace University, and a second master’s in social policy and planning (with a concentration on health, welfare, and urban/rural development) from the London School of Economics.
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