Vassar Student Association


Welcome back,

Springtime welcomes you back to Vassar.
We have many exciting things in store!

About the VSA

Mission Statement

The VSA shall serve, represent, and promote the interests and welfare of the students of Vassar College. It shall encourage student representation and involvement in college decision-making and shall strive to enhance the quality of life and education for the students of Vassar College. It shall represent the opinions of the student body, serving as a communications conduit to the Faculty, Administration, Trustees, Alumnae/i, the local community and beyond. The VSA shall also sponsor, support, and be responsible for student organizations.

Meet the Executive Board

Academics Activities

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Coming to Council

Council convenes every Sunday at 7pm. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Frequently Asked Questions about going to Council »

Download agendas and minutes from past VSA Council meetings. »

VSA Committes

Much of the VSA's work is done in various committees. These committees discuss various issues dealing with campus, student, and academic life. All meetings (except for Finance) are open to all students.

Student Life: Mondays, 8p

Operations:: Tuesdays, 8p. CC240.

Academics: Wednesdays, 8p.

Activities: Thursdays, 9p.

Finance: Wednesdays, 3:30p.

Most meetings are in the VSA Office.

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Building Hours


Monday – Thursday: 8:30am – 12:00am
Friday: 8:30am – 10:00pm
Saturday: 9am – 10:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am – 12:00am
After Hours Space: Open Sunday-Thursday Only


Monday - Thursday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 3:30 pm
Sunday: Closed


Monday - Thursday: 6:00am - 10:00pm
Friday: 6:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday-Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm


Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 3:30pm, 5:00pm - 8:30pm
Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 8:00pm


Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 11:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm – 11:00pm


Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday - Sunday: Closed



Vassar offers a free shuttle bus service into Poughkeepsie, operated by the Leprechaun Lines company during the Fall and Spring semesters.

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Poughkeepsie, the Arlington neighborhood, and Dutchess County are home to Vassar College. This is where our students spend four significant years of their lives. It's where our neighbors and employees live, work, raise families, and serve the community.

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Offered by most departments for academic credit, field work enables students to examine the way the theories and the practical experiences of a particular discipline interact. It provides opportunities for observation and participation which are not ordinarily available in classwork. Depending on their academic interests, students undertake internships in a variety of organizations and agencies in the local community and other places.

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Today at Vassar

  • Volleyball (M) Practice
    7:00 PM to 9:00 PM - Kenyon Hall Gymnasium
  • Laura Pulido lecture: Race and Nation in the Air: Mexican Air Pollution, Neoliberal Trade, and the Reproduction of U.S. Superiority
    6:30 PM to 8:00 PM - Rockefeller Hall 200-Auditorium This talk examines representations of Mexico City air pollution in the mainstream U.S. press. While analyzing how such depictions vary over time, the talk focuses in particular on the period surrounding the debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Mainstream U.S. press treats Mexico City air pollution in such a spectacular fashion that it not only reproduces a racialized U.S. sense of national superiority, but also serves to avoid a critical examination of the degree to which the NAFTA signaled a major weakening of U.S. environmental protections.
  • Queering Animal Liberation with Pattrice Jones
    6:30 PM to 8:30 PM - Rockefeller Hall 203-Lecture Room The Vassar Animal Rights Coalition (VARC) will host a lecture by Pattrice Jones, ecofeminist writer, scholar, and activist. Pattrice has been active in LGBTQs, anti-racist, and animal liberation organizing since the 1970s, and in 2000 co-founded a sanctuary -- now known as VINE Sanctuary -- for non-human animals rescued from the agriculture industry and other situations of abuse. Today, the sanctuary works not only to change human attitudes about animals and the environment, but also provides an intersectional venue to combat racism, sexism, and ecocide, as well as to queer animal liberation efforts. Pattrice's writings include The Oxen at the Intersection: A Collision (Lantern, 2014) and Aftershock: Confronting Trauma in a Violent World: A Guilde for Activists and Their Allies (Lantern, 2007). We think that work like Pattrice's needs to be at the forefront of efforts to combat pervasive speciesism and are thrilled to welcome her to campus. Vegan treats will be provided.
  • ECVC Free-For-All Dinner
    6:00 PM to 7:00 PM - M Jade
  • Tennis (W) Practice
    6:00 PM to 7:30 PM - Walker Field House Bay 2
  • Tennis (W) Practice
    6:00 PM to 7:30 PM - Walker Field House Bay 1
  • Tennis (W) Practice
    6:00 PM to 7:30 PM - Walker Field House Bay 3
  • Tennis (W) Practice
    6:00 PM to 7:30 PM - Walker Field House Bay 5
  • Tennis (W) Practice
    6:00 PM to 7:30 PM - Walker Field House Bay 4
  • Women's Studies - Sami Schalk Lecture
    5:30 PM to 7:30 PM - Taylor Hall 203-Auditorium 'Historicizing the Metaphors: Disability and Representations of Slavery'Representations of slavery are often representations of scarred and injuredblack bodies regularly subjected to physical, emotional and sexualviolence. These are, in many instances, representations of people disabledby the racial violence of slavery and yet their images in contemporaryliterature are often read as only racial metaphors for the legacy thatAmerican slavery leaves behind. Disability studies scholars have arguedagainst reading disability as purely a metaphor and have instead insistedupon the importance of disability as a material experience. This talk willdiscuss how a historicized approach to reading representations ofdisability and slavery can help us read these texts for both theirmetaphorical and material significance. Using Octavia Butler’s 'Kindred' asan illustrative example, this talk will demonstrate that readingrepresentations of disability both metaphorically and literally revealsjust a few of the ways that the mutually constitutive oppressions of racismand ableism have colluded in American history.
  • Community Sing Reschedule (tentative) (Event canceled)
    5:30 PM to 7:30 PM - College Center Villard Room
  • Peter Kornbluh
    5:00 PM to 6:30 PM - Sanders Classroom 212-Spitzer Auditorium Peter Kornbluh, Senior Analyst, National Security Archive. He currently directs the Archive's Cuba and Chile Documentation Projects. His most recent book, co-authored with William Leogrande, is Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana (UNC Press, 2014). His articles have been published in Foreign Policy, The New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and many other journals and newspapers. He has appeared on national television and radio broadcasts, among them '60 Minutes,' 'The Charlie Rose show,' 'Nightline,' CNN, All Things Considered, and 'FreshAir' with Terri Gross. The title of his Vassar lecture is 'Back Channel to Cuba: US-Cuba Negotiations through the Decades.'
  • Rugby (M/W) Practice (Event canceled)
    5:00 PM to 7:00 PM - Outdoor Space Rugby Field at the Farm
  • Tennis (M) Practice
    4:30 PM to 6:00 PM - Walker Field House Bay 2
  • Tennis (M) Practice
    4:30 PM to 6:00 PM - Walker Field House Bay 1
  • Tennis (M) Practice
    4:30 PM to 6:00 PM - Walker Field House Bay 3
  • Tennis (M) Practice
    4:30 PM to 6:00 PM - Walker Field House Bay 5
  • Tennis (M) Practice
    4:30 PM to 6:00 PM - Walker Field House Bay 4
  • math colloquium
    4:30 PM to 6:30 PM - RH 310 Padé rational approximations and their use modeling underwater acoustics. Functions of matrix operators are often evaluated using their Taylor series expansions. Unfortunately, just like for Taylor series expansions of functions of real variables, many terms of the series may be required to achieve desired accuracy. One method for reducing the computation time and improving accuracy is to use Padé expansions, which form rational function approximations. Details of the Padé expansions will be presented and compared to Taylor series expansions for some basic functions. These expansions will be used to show how accurate solutions for underwater acoustic propagation problems can be obtained.Tea at 4:15PM in RH305Talk at 4:30PM in RH310
  • Tea Service
    3:00 PM to 5:00 PM - Main Building Rose Parlor


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