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Special Message from the College and Director of Student Affairs, Bill Martino

To the SVA Student Community,

New York City has been home to SVA since its founding some 70 years ago. We cannot help but feel profound grief for the families who lost loved ones in yesterday’s tragic and senseless incident in Lower Manhattan. While no members of the SVA community were affected directly, we are all New Yorkers, and we cannot help but feel connected to those who were injured or lost their lives yesterday.

This incident reminds us to remain vigilant.  Be aware of your surroundings.  If you see something, say something. Inform an SVA Security officer, a police officer, or call 9-1-1. It is recommended you download the GoSVApp for your smart phones, where you can easily access SVA emergency contact information. Also, if yesterday’s attack has made you feel anxious, there are a number of on-campus and community support services and resources available to you.

SVA students who are in need of support can contact Student Health and Counseling Services. Appointments can be set up by calling 212.592.2246.

All SVA community members needing support are reminded that emotional support is available at any time by:

  • Calling the Samaritans (confidential emotional support for those who feel depressed, in crisis or suicidal) at 212.673.3000
  • Texting the Crisis Text Line "HOME" to 741741
  • Calling/texting/chatting with NYC Well  

Call: 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355)

Text: Text WELL to 65173

Chat: https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/en/get-help-now/chat-with-a-counselor-now/


Bill Martino

Director of Student Affairs

About Student Affairs at SVA

Welcome to our community at the School of Visual Arts.  SVA is an inclusive and compassionate community, where all are welcome regardless of nationality, religion, race, sexual orientation - ALL ARE WELCOME!

Student Affairs at SVA includes the offices of Disability Resources, Student Health and Counseling Services, Residence Life, and Student Engagement and Leadership.  Student Affairs promotes student involvement within the College and beyond, offering support resources and programs designed to enhance the co-curricular college environment throughout the academic year. 

Starting with Orientation week, Student Affairs aims to create an experience that is both relevant and exciting for the student body to participate in; all the while utilizing the infinite opportunities New York City has to offer. 

Bill Martino, Director of Student Affairs
Email: wmartino@sva.edu

Maria McCune, Associate Director of Student Affairs
Email: mrovira@sva.edu

General Inquiries
Email: studentaffairs@sva.edu
Phone: 212 592 2214

340 East 24th Street, NY NY 10010; Main Floor

Voter Registration Information

Registering to vote is a great way to become an active member of your NYC/NY State communities!  Below are links to assist you with participating in NY state elections:

Confirm your polling location (where you vote)

New York State Voter Registration Form

National Voter Registration Form

New York State Absentee Ballot Request Form

Find out when the next election will be and whats on your ballot

Registered voters can participate in local and state elections.  Information about registration deadlines can be found here.  You can also find more information in the Student Voting Guide for New York.  Information about NYC elections is updated at: voting.nyc

Other voting resources
Voter registration confirmation, and general resources (Rock the Vote)

Voter registration information by state, and general resources

NYC Board of Elections Website

Voter registration form (Connecticut)

Voter registration form (New Jersey)

Civic Engagement Resources
  • 5calls.org provides contact information for government agencies and representatives at the local and federal levels, as well as information regarding active initiatives.  The site provides detailed information and suggested scripts on points for consideration, so sharing your concerns and opinions is quick and easy.  You can filter active issues by location as well.

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