Leadership at the Fashion Institute of Technology is understood to be a values-based,
inclusive process in which people work collaboratively to accomplish common goals
that promote positive social change. The FIT Peer Mentor Tiger Leader training program is especially designed to provide FIT students with experience that develops, challenges,
and supports them as socially responsible leaders in the world. These positions are
a unique leadership experience for students to learn more about themselves as leaders,
and simultaneously have a profound impact on our campus.
The program is designed using the Social Change Model of Leadership Development (HERI, 1996). Students are a part of a large network of peer mentors, who elect to serve their fellow students as a resource, advocate, and role model. Research on student engagement emphasizes that peer mentorship directly correlates to positive student outcomes in campus involvement, retention, and academic success. Over four decades of research on college student success demonstrates the benefits of student involvement and peer support (Astin, 1993; Pascarella & Terenzini, 2005; Tinto, 1975). By offering an opportunity for students to take an active role in students’ leadership development process and facilitate new initiatives in leadership and civic engagement, the FIT Tiger Leader Peer Mentor training program addresses the need for increased student engagement and support on our campus while also benefitting the local community.
In case you missed the Joint Info Sessions, here are a few key takeaways:
• The General Application is live as of October 18. (Application guidelines can be found here.)
• You can apply for more than one position!
• All students interested in applying for the Resident Assistant position must attend a separate RA info session. Dates can be found here.
• Resident Assistant applications are due by Friday, December 8. (Application guidelines can be found here.)
• Orientation Leader & Peer Educator applications are due by Friday, February 23. (Application guidelines can be found here.)
• Cultural Fellow applications are due by Friday, February 9. (Application guidelines can be found here.)
• All Tiger Leaders MUST attend Tiger Leader Weekend from Friday, April 6 - Sunday, April 8, 2018.
► Resident Assistants (RAs)
Resident Assistants are an integral part of the Residential Life staff. RAs are paraprofessional staff members with the most direct and constant student contact. The primary responsibilities of RAs are to act as facilitators in the development of the residence hall community, to enhance the development of the residents, and to serve as role models at all times. RAs serve as representatives of the Residential Life office and FIT. For more information, please visit this page.
► Orientation Leaders (OLs)
Orientation Leaders play a critical role in New Student Orientation as part of the larger Orientation Team. As student leaders, OLs set the tone for an incoming student's FIT experience. OLs not only welcome new students to FIT, they help new students successfully transition to FIT. The OL position at FIT requires a high level of energy, student interaction, and time management. Orientation at FIT is a fun, exciting, and engaging experience. Orientation Leaders are the ones who make it all happen. Teamwork, support, and collaboration is at the core of the Orientation Leader position and are necessary components to a successful orientation experience. For more information, please visit this page.
► Health & Wellness Peer Educators
Health and Wellness Peer Educators are dedicated to increasing awareness in areas of health and wellness; encouraging safer behaviors and choices, encouraging positive healthy lifestyles, and promoting healthy minds and bodies for FIT students, faculty, and staff. A Health and Wellness Peer Educator is also dedicated to raising awareness and providing education on alcohol, other drugs, and violence prevention in an effort to promote a healthier environment for the FIT community. For more information, please visit this page.
► Leadership Ambassadors (LAs)
The overall vision of this 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 about what it means to lead at FIT and in their community.
► Cultural Fellows
FIT’s Cultural Fellows program offers international students and students with extensive international experience the opportunity to work on campus in educational contexts, such as international student orientation and co-curricular events, which draw on that rich international experience. Cultural Fellows are enlisted for buddy and mentor/mentee outreach to new international students, help in facilitating events hosted by International Student Services and the Office of International Programs, assist in international-related social media, video, website development, and other related activities. Cultural Fellows help foster a more inclusive experience for the entire FIT community by contributing their international perspectives to expand and enrich FIT’s educational environment, making intercultural experiences more accessible for all. For more information, please visit this page.
► Student Tour Guides
As an FIT Student Tour Guide, your job consists of (but is not limited to), conducting campus tours of FIT facilities and being a valuable resource to prospective students, their families, and other visitors on all that FIT has to offer. Student Tour Guides will be trained on what locations will be part of the tour, timeline, and anything else needed for the program. Student Tour Guides work events including but not limited to Admitted Student Days, Open House Days, and Junior Days.