The Student Government is the representative body for students. It works with RIT administration, faculty and staff to communicate the needs and desires of the student body and to communicate the decisions of the administration to RIT students. It encourages the student body to formulate and express its opinion, provides a series of services to student organizations, recognizes clubs and major organizations and actively engages in the university’s open governance system.
REPRESENTATIVE STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
These organizations represent a significant population of RIT students and provide direct input to Student Government on student issues and advocacy:
The ALANA Collegiate Association (ACA) is a major student organization at RIT, whose purpose is to be an inclusive organization that works to change the current status and sustain an awareness of the ALANA (African American, Latino American, Asian American, and Native American) population as being an integral part of the RIT campus and surrounding communities. The organization strives to maintain a strong sense of cultural heritage through sponsoring various programs, coordinating community service events, and working in collaboration with other RIT clubs and entities to garner an inclusive relationship that enables ACA to “Make a Positive Difference” in the lives of their peers, the RIT Faculty/Staff and surrounding community members.
Global Union is the largest multicultural student organization at RIT. It promotes understanding of diversity and the development of a strong multicultural movement within our community. The Union encourages cooperation, interaction, and communication among all ethnic groups at RIT while providing leadership and support to all its affiliated organizations.
This governing board (existing within the Student Government) helps to provide services and programs, and review issues for the approximately 1,100 students enrolled within NTID (the National Technical Institute for the Deaf) and RIT.
OUTspoken is a Major Student Organization representing LGBTQ students and our allies on campus. We work within Student Government to empower gender and sexual diverse students, to educate the RIT community at large on LGBTQ issues, and to represent the needs and concerns faced by LGBTQ students and allies.
The RIT SAAC functions as a representative body of the student-athletes on campus. As a committee, we provide leadership opportunities and community service events for athletes and also try to foster cameraderie across athletic teams through different programs. SAAC also recognizes hardworking, dedicated athletes with awards at our athletic banquet each year. We have worked closely with Student Government in the last two years to form a partnership with the idea to create school spirit using athletics as a binding force. RIT Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is a leading entity in the Liberty League and the Atlantic Hockey Conferences, hosting conference wide events and meetings.
SERVICE STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
These organizations provide significant services to RIT students and work closely with Student Government:
The College Activities Board (CAB) is a student-run organization that serves as the coordinating body for all major RIT student activities and programs. The mission of CAB is to provide a diverse assortment of entertaining and engaging events that enrich the RIT student experience.
RIT students produce some of the most professional collegiate publications in the country. Reporter Magazine is published by students weekly, except during examinations and holidays, and serves as the student news magazine. It includes "CalendaRIT," a listing of campus activities. Reporter has consistently won state and national awards. Such publications draw their talented staffs—artists, photographers, writers, managers, and printers—from the entire student body.
WITR is an FM radio station operated by RIT students. It is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission as a noncommercial, educational station. It is also licensed to be on the air 24 hours a day with a power of 910 watts, which covers the Rochester area.
These organizations represent students with common needs, interests, and concerns and work with RIT administration, faculty, and other organizations to give students a voice on campus. In addition, they control substantial budgets that support student activities and bring speakers, performers, and special events to campus.