• Center for Leadership and Social Change. Learn. Serve. Transform.


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.


With daily life interrupted in response to a global health crisis, we want the to be a place of refuge and recharge for the FSU community. 

Social distance doesn't have to mean total isolation. We can still maintain and continue to build community in new ways.

But when we are in times of collective stress and danger, we must find ways to yield our preferences to the community. We must take it upon ourselves to make sacrifices now to ensure our community will survive and once again thrive.

With the weekend upon us and no prospects of leaving home any time soon, the staff of the Center for Leadership & Social Change offers you some ideas for weekend reading. We hope these books make for enjoyable distractions while social distancing.

Early Monday afternoon, PeaceJam FSU leaders joined a Global Youth Zoom that brought PeaceJam Foundation executives together with youth ambassadors from affiliates around the world to reflect, connect and make a plan for moving forward in this isolating time.  




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Become A Peer Educator

Apply by April 20.

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LOGIC Facilitator Apps Open

Apply by April 6.

Staff & Jamily Leader APPS

Apply by April 6.




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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