Leadership Programs and Student Organizations

Leadership Programs and Student OrganizationsStudent Leadership

Leadership Programs

Leadership Programs at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology are designed to facilitate the development of critical skills that will help BFIT students be successful in the classroom as well as in their careers. Our Office is committed to providing resources and opportunities for students to discover and develop their leadership styles. 

Learning Outcomes for Leadership Programs:

- Student will develop an increased sense of self-awareness
- Students will develop an understanding of their own leadership styles and strengths
- Students will be able to communicate effectively with others

Leadership Programs Offered

The Franklin Leadership Academy:

The Franklin Leadership Academy is designed to help students reflect and develop their teamwork and leadership skills. Using StrengthsFinder 2.0 we provide students with an intensive 5-week program that challenges students to develop a stronger sense of self-awareness and provide them with a relevant and widely used vocabulary to explore their leadership styles. Applications to the Leadership Academy can be found here. 

Franklin Leadership Academy 2.0:
The Franklin Leadership Academy 2.0 is a mentor-based program for Franklin Leadership Academy graduates. This program is run during the spring semester of every year. Students are paired with a faculty or staff mentor who will help students learn to apply the skills they have learned.

Student Organizations

Student Organizations allow for a social environment where like-minded students can come together for a fun and developmental experience. We recognize that student organizations can provide students with a training ground for developing their leadership, communication, and goal setting skills through active engagement at the college and with the local community. While student organizations are voluntary and open to all members of the BFIT community, some require students to meet eligibility requirements based on prior scholastic achievements.

Students interested in starting a new organization on campus should make an appointment to meet with the Assistant Director of Student Life. Students should be prepared to create, in collaboration with the Campus Activities Office, an official letter of purpose as well and organization constitution.

Student Clubs and Organizations 

Campus Activities Board (CAB) is a student-led programming board that coordinates campus-wide events. The mission of CAB is to create diverse events, programs, and activities that foster personal development, campus pride, and engaging events that bring the BFIT community together.

Multicultural Student Association (MSA) is a student lead organization that focuses on social, educational, and awareness programming. The mission of the MSA is to bring awareness and develop a welcoming community to students across different cultural backgrounds.

Women in Technology is a student lead organization that focuses on women's issues as they relate to BFIT as well as navigating the large STEM communities.

BFIT Student Veterans of America (SVA) is a recognized chapter of the national SVA. This is a student-run organization that provides camaraderie, support, and resources to help veterans transition and succeed in their academic lives.

GLBTQIA Council is a council of students, faculty, and staff whose mission is to provide training, resources, and ultimately ensure an accepting and welcoming environment for students of all identities.

Gaming Club is a student run club that comes together around their mutual interest in video games and online gaming.

Student Government Associate (SGA)
is comprised of all the presidents from the student organizations on campus. These students act as the voice of the general student body by listening to student input and turning their suggestions into active programs and initiatives.  

Academic Organizations:

The Franklin Honor Society recognizes and encourages scholarship among Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology students. Students with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.35 who have no current grade below C, and have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours during the semester will be invited to participate as Franklin Scholars. As part of the Honor Society, Franklin Scholars will have the opportunity to further promote and develop academic excellence through service and academic activities within and beyond the Greater BFIT Community. Members in good standing will also be recognized at graduation.

Professional Organizations:

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) provides its members opportunities to gain broader insight into the automotive profession by sponsoring meetings which will bring practicing professionals to the campus, planning social and recreational events, sponsoring civic engagement projects of interest, academic program evaluation, and participating in local regional and nationals SAE sponsored events.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) provides its members opportunities to gain broader insight into the electronics profession by sponsoring meetings which will bring practicing professionals to campus, planning social and recreational events, sponsoring civic engagement projects of interest, academic program evaluation, and participating in local regional and nationals IEEE sponsored events.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) provides its members opportunities to gain broader insight into the mechanical engineering profession by sponsoring meetings which will bring practicing professionals to campus, planning social and recreational events, sponsoring civic engagement projects of interest, academic program evaluation, and participating in local regional and nationals ASME sponsored events.

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) provides its members opportunities to gain broader insight into the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration profession by sponsoring meetings which will bring practicing professionals to campus, planning social and recreational events, sponsoring civic engagement projects of interest, academic program evaluation, and participating in local regional and nationals ASHRAE sponsored events.

Opticians Association of America (OAA) provides its members opportunities to gain broader insight into the eye health profession by sponsoring meetings which will bring practicing professionals to campus, planning social and recreational events, sponsoring civic engagement projects of interest, academic program evaluation, and participating in local regional and nationals OAA sponsored events.