The Florida State University Department of Athletics is committed to developing programs of excellence that foster leadership development. Currently, the Office of Student Services offers three leadership programs to our student-athletes:
The Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) has been in place with Florida State Department of Athletics for ten years and consists of a fantastic group of motivated student-athletes. The SAAC is made up of 42 student-athletes, at least two from every sports team. Regular scheduled meetings occur bi-weekly to discuss issues confronting student-athletes here at FSU, as well as in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), and across the nation. The SAAC at FSU has many responsibilities: New Student-Athlete Orientation, Peers Helping Athletes Transition (P.H.A.T.) Tuesdays, participating in a SAAC organized community service project, the International Student-Athlete Culture Fest, the Welcome Back Picnic and culminating with the Golden `Nole Awards Banquet, where seniors from each team are honored and student-athletes who have excelled in the area of community service are awarded.
In addition to the leadership program and opportunities provided to the student-athletes on the Student Athlete Advisory Council, there are two supplementary leadership programs that are offered to all male and female student-athletes. Women in Leadership Development (W.I.L.D.) and REAL (Reliable Educated Approachable Leaders) Men provide an opportunity for a small group of male and female student-athletes to further develop their leadership and personal development skills. Topics addressed include, but are not limited to: effective communication, values and ethics, conflict resolution, goal setting, time management, leaving a legacy, and writing a personal mission statement. Group members are chosen on a first come, first serve basis and the curriculum lasts throughout the academic year. Both programs are a fun and exciting, educational encounter that will leave participants with an experience that is personally, academically, and professionally rewarding.
Mentors in Violence Prevention is a leadership training program that motivates student-athletes to play a central role in solving problems that historically have been considered “women’s issues”; rape, battering, and sexual harassment. Until recently, few campus or community-based programs have encouraged young men to work actively on these issues. The MVP program motivates men and women to work together in preventing men’s violence against women. The mixed gender, racially diverse MVP program, composed of former professional and college athletes, motivates men and women to work together in preventing gender violence.