Weekly roundup

Don't miss out on any of the programs and events offered by the Center for Leadership & Social Change, and find out about volunteer and related opportunities on campus and around the community.

Upcoming Center Programs


Talk, Walk & Think About It: Processing the Election

Friday, Jan. 20, 1-3 p.m.
The Globe, Third Floor

The Center for Leadership & Social Change's Social Change Peer Educators and Project Conversation interns are partnering with the Spiritual Life Project at FSU to host a space for students, faculty, and staff to process the 2017 Presidential Inauguration.

Regardless of your vote in the 2016 election, you are invited to join in dialogue and reflective exercises on what the inauguration means to you and how to move forward. Your perspective will greatly contribute to how we can move forward as a community and nation, so we hope you can join us Friday afternoon.


Dr. Justin Gest presents “The New Minority”

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 8 - 10 p.m.
Askew Student Life Building

What drives white working class people to Far Right parties and candidates? Professor Justin Gest, fresh from completion of the only academic study of Trump voters and Brexit supporters, will answer questions based on his rich fieldwork in the epicenters of political change and give these global political transformations much-needed context.

Through hundreds of surveys and immersive fieldwork, Gest has compiled a report on the issues of white working class citizens living within dying industrial cities, and how these citizens came to make the political decisions that led to the results of Brexit and the American presidential election.

This free event is hosted by the Center for Leadership & Social Change and the Division of Student Affairs.


commUNITY Dialogue Series: Building Community with Bicycles

Thursday, Jan. 26, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
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This commUNITY Dialogue Series will facilitate a discussion on bicycles bringing communities closer, how they can connect people to the places they live, and bike equity. Erica Puckett, founder of Joyride Bicycle Collective, will demonstrate how the grassroots effort to build bike culture in Tallahassee is working to create change in the perception of who rides a bicycle, providing an opportunity for more people to choose bicycles as transportation which institutes tremendous health, wellness, and economic benefits in addition to a building a stronger, more connected, resourceful, and resilient community. Erica is joined by Artie White from the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department to discuss infrastructure and partnering with the community to build bike culture.




Youth Programs will hold training sessions for those interested in becoming mentors from 4-5:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 in DSC 1006 and Jan. 26 in DSC 2201.

Youth Programs makes a wonderful difference in the lives of students in grades K-12 served by Leon County Schools. All mentors gain valuable experiences, including interacting with children, providing a much-needed service in schools and after-school programs, and learning and applying tutoring skills in reading, writing, math and science.



Adventures in Service

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
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The Center for Leadership & Social Change will host a lunch-and-learn session for students to explore immersive service experiences. Representatives from agencies such as Americorps, FEMA Corps, Peace Corps and Teach for America will be on hand to explain their programs and answer questions. Email Heather Stitely at hstitely@fsu.edu for more information or to RSVP by Jan. 27 at 5 p.m.


Leadership LOGIC

Leadership Learning in the Outdoors for Group and Individual Change, better known as Leadership LOGIC, is a two-day overnight leadership development program at no cost to students. Specifically, LOGIC caters to FSU students who have not participated in a leadership development program before. It is a great way to explore leadership knowledge and skills through individual, small group and large group interactions.

In partnership with Campus Recreation, the overnight program is held at the Rez and makes use of the FSU Challenge Course. Students stay overnight in the cabins on site, all of which are equipped with air conditioning and multiple bathrooms.

LOGIC spring program dates have been announced:
Friday, Feb. 10 – Saturday, Feb. 11
Friday, March 31 – Saturday, April 1

Students should submit an intent to participate by Feb. 2 at 11:59 p.m. for priority consideration for the first LOGIC session. Registration for the second session will become available in March.



Social Justice Ally Training

The first Social Justice Ally Training of the semester will be held Feb. 17 & 22 from 1-4:30 p.m.

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. The program is open to faculty/staff and students. Those who register must be able to attend both days of training.


Campus Opportunities


Food Recovery Network – Fight Waste. Feed People.

FRN fights food waste and hunger by recovering extra perishable items from our campus and the surrounding community that would otherwise go to waste and donating it to people in need. Join the team & help with collections around campus!

Email Gabby: gam14@my.fsu.edu


Green Your Event workshop

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 5:30 p.m.

Mendenhall A 101 (the building next to Starbucks on Woodward)

Are you a part of a student organization and interested in how your program can support sustainability goals? Want to reduce waste at your organization's events or meetings? Come find out how to "green" your event in surprisingly easy ways!

Community Opportunities


Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program trains volunteers to prepare free tax returns for low-income residents. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact the site coordinator in the UF/IFAS extension office at kav13b@my.fsu.edu or stop by the office at 615 Paul Russell Road, Tallahassee. No experience is needed, and hours are flexible.

Florida High STEAM Day

Florida State University Lab School (Florida High) is having its second annual STEAM Day (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) on February 23, 2017.  They are encouraging agencies, community groups, businesses, individuals and artists of all disciplines to come share and/or demonstrate to students in kindergarten through 12th grade real world applications of STEAM. More info here.

Contact Angelyn Hirai at arh02d@fsu.edu or 850-245-3842 by Jan. 31.

Scholarships, Internships and Jobs

Alliance for Girls seeks public relations intern

Alliance for Girls champions the leaders and voices that support girls and young women. Its mission is to ensure girls’ organizations are more connected, more effective and better able to prepare girls to become leaders and thriving women. We do this by training girl­-serving agencies, fostering collaboration, producing original research and using a collective voice to advocate on behalf of girls. Currently, AFG has 150 members including Planned Parenthood and Girls Incorporated.

The Public Relations Intern will work on projects to strengthen AFG’s communications and community engagement by maintaining AFG’s social media and website, attending events, promoting the work of its members, and keeping a pulse on current trends and issues affecting girls and young women.

If you’re passionate about girls and young women, apply by sending your cover letter and resume to kailin@alliance4girls.org.


Summer Program on Community Leadership & Service

Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service
Washington, DC
June 3 – July 28, 2017

The Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service is an eight-week summer academic internship program sponsored by The Fund for American Studies in partnership with George Mason University. The program offers undergraduate students a first-hand look at national nonprofits and service through:

• An internship placement at an international, national or local nonprofit organization
• Courses for credit in behavioral economics for nonprofits & ethics and leadership
• Exclusive lectures, briefings, behind the scene tours & professional development seminars
• Campus housing in the heart of Washington, DC

Students should apply by February 8 for priority admissions and scholarship consideration. Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of March 14. Application requirements include a topical essay, statement of purpose, resume, official transcript, letter of recommendation and $25 application fee.

For more information call 202.986.0384 or email mstankus@tfas.org.


Next South conference & career planning expo

Friday, Feb. 24

Generation Green and the Georgia Conservancy present Next South – the largest conference in the Southeast dedicated to inspiring and empowering future leaders seeking careers in sustainability and corporate responsibility.
A full day of speakers and panels featuring a who's who list of industry luminaries plus a career fair with top companies seeking talent for internship and career opportunities.