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The Center for Leadership & Social Change / Programs


The Center programs are a great way to get involved with the community, explore identity development and discover your personal leadership style. There are a variety of programs to choose from and we’re confident you will find one that meets your interest.

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For your convenience you can search our programs by the following areas of focus. Please select from the criteria below to search for the program that’s right for you.


Community Engagement | Identity Exploration | Leadership Development 

Partnered Student Organizations


Community Engagement

If you have a specific issue in mind and would like to get involved directly with a nonprofit agency in the Tallahassee area, you can contact them directly to find out any volunteer opportunities that may be available to you. A list of nonprofit organization can be found here and is arranged by issue.

Community Ambassador Program Community Ambassadors act as liaisons between a non-profit agency and Florida State University. Ambassadors are community service work study students who strive to create real change by acting as both a representative for their fellow students in the community as well as a representative for their agency at Florida State University.

Community Partnership Initiative In 2009, the Center wanted to recognize their close relationships with agencies in the Tallahasese community and begin to foster more of those partnerships to better serve our students and those in need. As a result, we have identified 15 partnership agencies and are looking to build more bonds in the future.

Community Outreach The Community Outreach program gives students the opportunity to get involved in community service in small groups, throughout the semester. There are projects to sign up for almost daily, that address a variety of community need areas. Transportation is provided for all projects. Most of the projects are exploratory in nature, so no long term commitment or in-depth training is required.

Florida State Alternative Breaks Florida State Alternative Breaks facilitates service immersion experiences for students to serve with and in a diverse community, learn about social issues, and develop as leaders and active citizens.

Mentoring Institute The Center for Leadership and Social Change is excited to be hosting the second annual Mentoring Institute. This year’s theme is Femina Perfecta: Mentoring Women and Girls in the 21st Century. Femina Perfecta was once displayed in the FSU seal when the University was a college for women and it means “the complete women.”  Through this day-long Mentoring Institute, we hope to create a space and opportunity where we can identify needs, consider best practices, discuss challenges, share experiences and build and strengthen collaborative connections between campus and community.  Therefore, we welcome anyone who is interested in or involved with mentoring women or girls to participate in this year’s Mentoring Institute.

Moellership Program Named for its founder Bill MoellerThe Moellership Program provides selected students at Florida State the opportunity to focus 8 – 12 weeks of their summer on full-time service at a nonprofit agency. 

Nonprofit Internship Program The Nonprofit Internship Program invites Florida State students to earn up to 12 academic elective credits serving a non-profit initiative in the Big Bend area. 

PeaceJam Southeast  PeaceJam is an international education program built around Nobel Peace Prize Laureates who work personally with youth to pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody. Florida State students have the opportunity to mentor and teach using the PeaceJam curriculum, help facilitate discussions during workshops, or work as event planners for conferences that serve over 500 students in the Southeast.

Service Learning The Florida State Service Learning Program supports the integration of community service into the academic curriculum by working very closely with faculty to foster partnerships with community-based agencies.

ServScript Any currently enrolled Florida State student has an opportunity to record their service hours on their academic transcript through the ServScript Program. Service hours need to be tracked on the paper form as well as submitted online by the deadline for the current semester. Access the system via, under Student Services, and click on the ServScript Application). The deadline for every semester is the last day of the semester by 11:50pm.

Youth Programs Youth Programs trains Florida State students, faculty, and staff to work with elementary, middle, and high school students in the areas of reading, math, and science.


Identity Exploration

Arakkecetv Graduation and Recognition Ceremony Arakkecetv (pronounced - Ah-tha-key-sha-tevv) is a Seminole Creek word that means “To Honor.” In May, an evening of recognition is prepared for the graduating seniors and their families that is centered around the culture of the Seminole Tribe. Guests enjoy and benefit from the words of both a graduating student and keynote speaker.  Attendance to this event is through RSVP.

commUNITY Dialogue Series Twice a semester, the Center will offer a speaker series that aims to identify key faculty, staff and community members to join FSU students in a discussion surrounding identity and current events. Much like a brown bag series, a topic will be stated at the start of the lunch time conversation and will develop along with the group in attendance and the faculty, staff or community member guest’s comments. Format will range from discussion to film viewings! Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Leadership Through Intergroup Dialogue is a course where students will be able to explore different aspects of their identities in reference to power and privilege. Students will learn how to respectfully engage in dialogue with others who are different from them, allowing an opportunity to talk frankly about identity (sexuality, gender, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, culture, ability, and more). This course is designed to incorporate critical readings, dialogic skills, deep questioning and reflection and activities that will teach students how to apply what they’ve learned to their daily lives and the process of leadership.

Multicultural Leadership Summit This event focuses on a foundation of knowledge that will enhance student success in leadership in the areas of multiculturalism and social justice. The goal is to educate students on diversity and multiculturalism and empower them to be agents of social change in an increasingly diverse and global community.

With Words With Words is a museum-style exhibit through the Center for Leadership & Social Change that aims to educate members of the Florida State University and Tallahassee community while connecting them to resources that deal directly with domestic and global social justice issues. Using quality research and multisensory experiences, we seek to inspire compassion for these issues so participants can engage in meaningful conversations to create change.

Social Justice Ally Training The mission of the Social Justice Ally Training program is to educate members of the Florida State community about issues related to social justice in order to develop allies who will promote an equitable and inclusive environment and serve as social change agents in a diverse and global society.


Leadership Development

LeaderShape The LeaderShape Institute is a nationally recognized six-day program that seeks to energize, inspire, develop, and support students who have a commitment to lead with a high level of integrity.

Leadership LOGIC Program- The Center for Leadership & Social Change in collaboration with the Rez, are proud to announce the premier of a new overnight, outdoor leadership development program, Leadership LOGIC (Learning in the Outdoors for Group and Individual Change) Program.

Noles Leadership Book Club This Book Club offers faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to focus together on one leadership text per semester and participate in facilitated discussions. The first 20 students to register receive the leadership text for free!

Partnered Student Organizations A Partnered Student Organization is a recognized FSU student organization whose purpose actively aligns with the mission and vision of the Center for Leadership & Social Change. Therefore, the Partnered Student Organization Program strives to foster strong reciprocal relationships with these organizations by providing educational opportunities, support, and resources.

Service Leadership Seminar This four and a half-day, free seminar for incoming freshmen introduces our newest Seminoles to The Florida State University's commitment to community service and responsible leadership. 

Social Justice Living-Learning Community This living learning community is located in Wildwood Hall and seeks to bring together socially responsible freshmen to learn more about social justice issues in the context of their university requirements and individual majors.

TEDxFSU TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxFSU, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxFSU event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

Women's Leadership Institute The Women’s Leadership Institute is a collaborative effort between Women4FSU and the Center for Leadership & Social Change. The inaugural Women’s Leadership Institute will be held October 11 and 12, 2013 on Florida State’s campus.