College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York

The Verrazano School
 VELA Events

Verrazano students participate in Verrazano Extracurricular Learning Activities (VELAs) that enrich their undergraduate experience through academic, social, and cultural learning opportunities outside the classroom.  VELAs expose students to new ideas and opportunities outside of their majors and encourage broader interests and exploration.  VELAs can help students connect with opportunities on and off campus and become more fully engaged in their CSI college experience. 

VELAs feature a wide range of topics including career preparation, study abroad, international issues, and community service.  VELAs may also include musical performances, creative arts discussions, and leadership activities, and The Verrazano School Honors Program connects students with the cultural riches of New York City through off-campus VELA excursions.  Some VELA events, such as the World on Wednesday series, are sponsored through partner offices like the Center for International Service or the Career and Scholarship Center.  Leaders in the Lounge is a special VELA series in which members of the administration and faculty meet with small groups of students to discuss various issues ranging from campus policies to choosing a career path. Exploring Careers is a VELA series in which guest speakers talk about their career paths, including education, employment background, and community involvement, to help students learn more about the interesting and often unexpected trajectories that careers can follow. 

All VELAs are posted on the Verrazano page of the EventBrite website:

Students must register for VELA events using the EventBrite site.  Be sure to read the full description of an event before registering to make sure you're available that day, that you're interested, and that the event is open to your class year.  Students may not attend VELAs that are not open to their class year. 

After a VELA event fills, there will be a limited number of seats on a waiting list.  If you register and are added to the waiting list, you will receive an automatic notification and instructions from EventBrite if a ticket becomes available.

Please print and bring your tickets to the VELA events for which you are registered.  Students must sign the VELA attendance sheet (or CLUE attendance sheet where applicable) and fulfill any other requirements of the event as noted on the VELA event posting in order to receive credit for their attendance.  Attendance at VELA events will be recorded in the Verrazano student files.  Failure to fulfill the VELA requirement each year will result in dismissal from The Verrazano School.

Verrazano students are required to attend at least two VELAs each academic year for a minimum total of eight prior to graduation.  In the year of graduation, January graduates must fulfill the VELA requirement by October 1st and June and August graduates must fulfill the VELA requirement by February 1st.