SIT Graduate Institute Names Most Engaged Student

James Johnston has been nominated by the SIT Graduate Institute Faculty Leadership Team to receive the annual Engaged Student Award from the Vermont Campus Compact on Friday, April 4, 2014, at its Engaged Campus Forum and Awards Ceremony in Colchester, Vt. 

This annual event brings campus and community participants together to share promising practices to address common public challenges. This year’s forum will focus on community engagement as a strategy to foster student success in higher education, especially for low-income and at-risk students.

Johnston joined SIT Graduate Institute in August 2013 and has taken on leadership roles across campus, working closely with Financial Aid and the Marketing Department on website updates and with food services to address Muslim students’ dietary concerns and needs. Johnston also organized a student-led art exhibition, “SITSArt,” to build bridges between the campus and local community. On campus, he developed an online academic forum called “MAT Chat,” revised the Writing Lab website, assisted domestic and international students with their academic writing, and delivered an academic workshop on graduate-level reading skills open to all. Additionally, in October 2013, Johnston gave a joint presentation at the Region XI NAFSA Conference in Stowe, Vt., entitled “Writing Centers and Instructors: A Symbiotic Approach to International Education.”

For all of his intense and diverse efforts at SIT Graduate Institute this year, faculty leaders were unanimous in selecting Johnston for this prestigious, state-wide honor as its Engaged Student Award Winner for 2013–2014.


Posted by: on April 3, 2014