In 2012, a committee made up of faculty, staff, students, and administrators was formed to champion the FIT Civility Initiative. The committee was charged with developing a road map for a civility campaign and creating a civility mission statement for the FIT community.
Following the success of the first Civility Week that took place in April 2013, Enrollment Management and Student Success rolled out the WEAR it Monday campaign to re-engage the student community during the fall 2013 semester. To continue building momentum for the FIT Civility Initiative, the FIT community will be celebrating Kindness Week in partnership with PTK (Phi Theta Kappa) and Student Ambassadors in spring 2014. Kindness Week will be a joint effort throughout the FIT community in future years to come as part of the overall FIT civility program. More events will be planned for fall 2014, including a joint kick-off sponsored by the President's Office and the United College Employees.
WEAR it Monday
Each Monday, FIT emphasizes a word of the week and an example of its use within our community. Students who wear an orange civility initiative bracelet receive discounts with participating merchants. Students are encouraged to look for the WEAR it Monday logo around campus (and beyond), to obtain a wristband, and locate discounts.
Word of the Week:
- August 25 - Patience
- August 31 - Sympathetic
- September 7 - Beneficence
- September 14 - Compassion
- FIT Dining Hall
- Barnes & Noble at FIT
- AKN Fabrics
- Big Daddy Cakery Online only
- Cafe 27
- Cafe Grumpy
- Cafe Hanamizuki
- Fair Folks & A Goat
- Loving Hut NYC
- Pace for Success
- Piel Canela Dance School
- Salumeria Biellese
- YoGanesh Yoga
Kindness Week is an annual celebration that occurs each spring at FIT that is organized by the Student Ambassadors and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Sponsored by the FIT Civility Initiative, the week blends social media, events, and philanthropy for the entire campus community, promoting awareness of civility.
- All week: Kindness Week Table, Wear it Monday Table, Compliment Tree, Take Faculty to Lunch Program in Dubinsky Lobby
- Wednesday: Meditation Event in Dubinsky Lobby
- Friday: Dance-a-thon in Great Hall
- Monday: Be Kind to the Environment
- Tuesday: Be Kind to Others
- Wednesday: Be Kind to Yourself
- Thursday: Be Kind to Faculty
- Friday: Be Kind to K.I.D.S. (Dance-a-thon)
Social Media (#KeepItKind):
As part of the FIT Civility Initiative, students have created a Facebook page entitled FIT Compliments. The theme of this site is to provide and encourage the FIT community to share positive stories about each other and the institution they love.
- Facebook: FIT Compliments Page