FIT in the News – April 4, 2022

The Division of Communications and External Relations is pleased to share FIT in the News, which reports selected highlights of news stories about the college and/or that quote the college’s experts. These stories will be accessible for at least seven days by clicking on the links below.

Social Justice Center at FIT
President Joyce F. Brown on the launch of FIT’s Social Justice Center (SJC): “Our goal in developing the Social Justice Center at FIT is to foster actionable and measurable strategies to ensure that industries recognize that cultural competence is an important element for change. That diversity, equity and inclusion enrich product development and market appeal; that responsible practices are good for business, the environment and human rights; and that diverse voices in leadership roles enhance productivity and expand customer loyalty.”

President Brown spoke about the SJC with AfroTech: “It would be foolish to do all this for the youth and send them to an environment that created or reinforced these obstacles. So, it’s very important that we work with the companies at the same time to change some of those practices, change how they recruit, change how they recognize talent, and change how they evaluate people for professional advancement in the company.”

Elmira College Partnership with FIT
Elmira College and FIT are partnering to broaden education opportunities for students in Elmira’s Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Business School program. Graduates from the program have the opportunity to apply to FIT’s Global Fashion Management Master’s in Professional Studies program. The agreement also promotes engagement and transdisciplinary interactions between the institutions. President Joyce F. Brown: “I am so very pleased that FIT and Elmira College can engage in this unique partnership that will help shape our students into the future leaders of the fashion industry. Education is transformational and the value of bringing students together in an exchange of new ideas cannot be overstated.”


National Arts Club Honor
Valerie Steele, director, The Museum at FIT, will be the recipient of the National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion. The award will be given at a ceremony on April 22 at the NAC Clubhouse in Gramercy Park.


Off Field Fashion
A behind-the-scenes clip from the YES Network show Off Field Fashion was shown during the March 31 New York Nets game. In the clip, sportscaster Richard Jefferson models outfits that were designed by FIT Fashion Design students. The series premieres on the YES Network App on April 5.

YES Network 

The Museum at FIT (MFIT)

Asian Americans in New York Fashion: Design, Labor, Innovation

Reinvention & Restlessness: Fashion in the Nineties

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