• Center for Leadership and Social Change. Learn. Serve. Transform.
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Florida State University's Tallahasee campus will open for classes on Monday, Oct. 15. For the most up-to-date information on university operations, visit alerts.fsu.edu.

For ways to help recovery efforts, see our most recent update.


The Center for Leadership & Social Change transforms lives through identity development, leadership education and community engagement. We encourage students to learn, serve and transform through programming that encompasses leadership, diversity and service.

We offer more than 30 programs for students, faculty and staff intended to foster opportunities and vision to create positive, sustainable change in their communities and the broader world. Opportunities range from one-time service at local nonprofits to the 18-credit Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies. We offer training for students and staff on such topics as leadership development, identity and cultural competence, service learning, and community change.


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Students can engage in service as volunteers as well as recruit others to service commitments as community leaders. The 2017 Community Ambassadors recruited more than 1,000 FSU students that provided 4,650 community service hours to Tallahassee non-profits.

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At the LeaderShape Institute students create personal leadership visions and define how they will promote positive social change in their lives and communities. Former participants have hailed the program as a life-altering leadership experience that anyone could learn from.

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The V-rak-ke-ce-tv Cultural Graduation & Recognition Ceremonies are intimate celebrations where graduates and their support systems celebrate and honor each other on their shared accomplishments, dedications, and continual support.

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Diversity & Inclusion 

The FSU community can participate in our initiatives or create one of their own. Social Change Peer Educators is a new student-generated program that has facilitated workshops on identity development, racial trauma, and leadership development to over 150 people.


As each of us within the FSU community heal and recover from the emotional and physical damage of Hurricane Michael, we may start to ask, "How can I help?"

Here is a list of action steps to effectively assist in hurricane relief and recovery.

Some events hosted by the Center for Leadership & Social Change will be impacted by the impending approach of Hurricane Michael and the university's closure. These include all classes, meetings and the listed events hosted by the center. Visit alerts.fsu.edu for university updates during the closure.

The center’s Community Outreach program has been reinvented. Now known as EngageTLH, the program allows students to get involved in the Tallahassee community through regular or one-time service opportunities.

Through EngageTLH, Coordinator Jenny Williams hopes that facilitators, community members and volunteers will see service as an engaging relationship.

Explore Tallahassee's various volunteer opportunities with Engage TLH this fall, or take your service to the next level by applying to facilitate the program's Boys Town trip. Find more details about this and and other opportunities at the Center for Leadership & Social Change, on campus, and around the community in this week's roundup.



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Participate in the MLK Book Stipend

Apply by Dec. 7 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

ServScript Program

NEW INFO LINE: (850) 296-8123

Log hours by Dec. 14 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.


Become a Facilitator

Service trips begin Sept. 10.




The Center for Leadership & Social Change



"The center is an amazing place where you can not only learn about yourself, but you can learn about how you relate to other people. It definitely has changed the way I view leadership and the way I can affect other people."

-Jalicia Lewis, student leader


At the Center for Leadership & Social Change, we believe in the vast difference that can be made by the collective efforts of individuals. For decades, the center and its predecessors have transformed the lives of students, faculty and staff through leadership education, identity development and community engagement.

Your support is critical in sustaining and expanding this collaborative, continuous work to live and lead at the intersection of community, diversity and change. Programs such as Multicultural Leadership Summit, LeaderShape Institute, and Service Leadership Seminar rely on donations from those who support our vision.

Join us as we continue working to enable and empower each of us to embrace the value of difference and readily accept opportunities for lifelong learning, meaningful influence and positions of trust.

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