Weekly roundup - Oct. 9

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


Engage with Community Dialogue

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Where Access Meets Reasonableness: Developing an Inclusive and Responsible Environment for All Abilities

Spencer Scruggs, Student Disability Resource Center

Oct. 20 from 12-1:30 p.m.at DSC 2201/2202

Individuals with disabilities have increased access to educational opportunities, employment, and public and private goods and services. Yet, barriers to access still exist. Are these barriers a form of disability oppression? Where do we draw the line in terms of reasonableness of accommodations to those with a disability? Join us as we dive into these important questions and, as a whole, the concept of ability, privilege, and reasonableness.



register for leadership logic

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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.



Mentoring Institute


Friday, Dec. 8th, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Student Services Building

The Center for Leadership & Social Change is excited to host the sixth annual Mentoring Institute. This year's theme is "Values-Based Mentoring: Building Character Around Moral Complexities." We mentor across a host of difference to our mentees - visible and hidden, social and personal, subtle and profound - and sometimes return to vastly different communities of challenge and support.

Through this day-long institute, our hope is to create a space where we can identify needs, consider best practices, discuss challenges, share experiences, and strengthen collaborative connections between the campus and the community. We welcome anyone who is interested in a courageous exploration of this important topic to apply to participate in this year’s Mentoring Institute.

For questions, contact Steve Mills at smills@fsu.edu.



Community outreach program

The Community Outreach Program gives students the opportunity to get involved in community service on a regular basis, with projects to choose from almost daily. Projects are student-led and are offered at a variety of nonprofit agencies.  Students can sign up for projects as early as one week in advance and up to the day of the project. Space is limited so signing up early is strongly encouraged. Transportation is provided for all projects.

Fall 2017 Schedule


SEC mentoring program

The SEC Mentoring Program provides academic support to African-American males in fourth and fifth grade and works to identify risk factors in the areas of individual, family, education and community. Mentors will mentor two students weekly for the entire academic year.


  • Commit to the program through May 2018
  • Attend required trainings
  • Participate in monthly meetings and family workshops



Campus Opportunities


Register For NCBI

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NCBI @ FSU offers an 8-hour workshop that allows participants to tap into how they have been taught to think and act as members of their identity groups and provides skills for bridging our differences. Registration is currently open for fall training sessions. At least 15 seats in each session are reserved for student participants. Workshops are from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Thursday, Oct. 26
  • Friday, Nov. 3
  • Wednesday, Nov. 8
  • Wednesday, Dec. 20



Nominate Your Professor

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Has a professor at FSU encouraged your individuality, thoughts, or passions? Honor their impact by nominating them for the Transformation Through Teaching Award. If selected, you and your professor will attend a dinner at the President's home. Nominations are due Oct. 22.



Become An Orientation Leader

Do you want to welcome the next generation of ‘Noles to the University you love? If you’re ready to learn, lead, be challenged, grow, and serve, apply to be an Orientation Leader! The Orientation Leader experience is a rewarding experience that provides opportunities for personal and professional growth. Applications are due Oct. 13 at noon. Minimum requirements include being a full-time student and completing 12 credit hours at Florida State University by January of the year applying.  

More Information


Critical Thinking and Civil Discourse About Social Problems

Friday, Oct. 27, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Augustus B. Turnbull Conference Center

We are bringing together a diverse group of leading scholars, researchers, and lay-experts from the fields of Mental Health, Nutrition and Health, Political Philosophy, among others. Each speaker has demonstrated a commitment to critical thinking, thoughtful discourse, attention to divergent opinions, and a willingness to take action in an unrelenting pursuit of the truth, as they work to build a better world.

Admission is free and lunch will be provided. Students, faculty, and community members are encouraged to attend. Free CEUs are provided.



Food for Thought Pantry

University Center A, Suite 4100

The Food for Thought Pantry is asking for any donations you are able to provide, specifically: peanut butter, canned meats (such as tuna and chicken), canned beans, pasta, canned pasta sauce (students prefer canned as jars are breakable), mac and cheese, rice, oatmeal, and granola bars. The Pantry is able to take donations Monday through Friday, any time between 8am and 5pm. If your department has a specific food donation bin and is not able to bring it all the way to the Pantry, call (850) 644-9555 and someone may be available to help pick up your donations.


Brick by Brick - Pride Month with FSU Pride

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Join FSU Pride this Pride Month to commemorate a groundbreaking organization and resilient community by learning, loving, and growing together.

For a full schedule of events, please visit FSU Pride's website.


JOIN renew



RENEW is a peer education organization affiliated with the University Counseling Center. We offer presentations and peer to peer educational sessions with students on topics such as stress management, time management, study skills, conflict resolution, and healthy relationships as well as promote the University Counseling Center through outreach opportunities. We help the Counseling Center with university-wide events such as stress buster day and mood check-up day.



Volunteer with the recycle bike program

Students are preparing to return to FSU's campus and the reCycle Bike program needs volunteers for our Fall 2017 Bike Distribution for the following stations:

  • Bicycles
  • Lights
  • Locks

A crash course will be taught on how to fit people for bicycles, how to mount lights, and how to properly use bike locks.

More Information


Community Opportunities


Engage In COCA Conversations

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On October 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. the LeRoy Collins Leon County Library will host a community meeting to discuss issues around diversity, equity, access, and funding of our local arts and cultural organizations. All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate in this conversation. In advance of the meeting attendees are asked to complete a brief survey. For additional information please contact COCA’s Grant Programs and Strategic Partnerships Manager, Kevin Carr at 850-224-2500 or via email at kevin@tallahasseearts.org.


Second Harvest of the Big Bend

For every $1 donated online, Bank of America will match it with $2 through the bank's Give A Meal program. This is effective immediately but only for a limited time -- we have a deadline of midnight, Tuesday, Oct. 17th.


  1. Visit www.feedingamerica.org/take-action/campaigns/boa/
  2. Enter your zip code when prompted
  3. Enter the amount of your gift
  4. Designate it to "Your Local Food Bank" and follow the prompts
  5. Then, please email MaryDekle@FightingHunger.com with the amount of your contribution, so we can keep a running total.


Kate Sullivan Elementary CroctoberFest

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Friday, Oct. 27, 5-8 p.m.
Kate Sullivan Elementary School
927 Miccosukee Rd. 32303

Volunteers will be interacting with elementary-aged kids, marking their tickets, and helping them on and off various bounce houses for 30-60 minute shifts.

For more information, email Ami Vega at ami.vega18@gmail.com


American Homestay Network

The Center for Intensive English Studies (CIES) at Florida State University has recently established a partnership with the American Homestay Network (AHN).  AHN provides homestay programs for international students in many cities across the United States. CIES is now reaching out to FSU faculty and staff and their families to find those who would be interested in the great experience of hosting international students in Tallahassee through AHN.

If you have any questions about the Center for Intensive English Studies and our international student population, please feel free to call us at 850-644-4797 or visit us online at http://cies.fsu.edu.

If you would like to know more about the American Homestay Network and becoming a host family, please see the attached flyer and visit: www.homestaynetwork.com.


Purpose Research Training Fellowship

The PURPOSE program seeks to train a diverse cohort of fellows in research with a focus on social justice in education. The goal of the program is to provide fellows with opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills they need to enter and successfully complete graduate programs in education and related fields.

PURPOSE fellows will spend one year developing research skills through varied experiences including one-on-one faculty mentor relationships, coursework, bi-weekly proseminars, and a service learning research practicum.

Fellows earn a total annual stipend of $6,050 and up to $2,000 in funds for research materials, travel, and other fees to support their research.

Application requirements:
1. Applicants must be currently enrolled at FSU or FAMU as either

  • Juniors majoring or minoring in education or a related field (including but not limited to Communication Science & Disorders, English, Food Science, Psychology, Sport Management) or
  • First year master’s students seeking a degree in education or a related field.

2. Current 3.0 GPA (undergraduate)/3.3 GPA (graduate)
3. Research goal statement
4. Letter of recommendation (focused on your academic experiences and/or research interests)

For any additional information, please contact Erik Rawls, Program Coordinator, at (919) 619-4363 or erawls@fsu.edu.



Camp Boggy Creek

Dec. 9, 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
30500 Brantley Branch Road
Eustis, FL 32736

Camp Boggy Creek’s Annual Holiday Party is an outside “homecoming” event with music, carnival games, arts & crafts, entertainment, food, and the celebration of our campers and old friends. Volunteers can choose to help just on Saturday or arrive as early as Wednesday, December 6 to help with set-up. Volunteers will have the opportunity to help with event setup/decorating, game hosting, craft hosting, serving food, and event clean up.

A short, online application will be available beginning Oct. 30.



become a mentor with cobb middle school

Mentors assist students throughout the school; all teachers participate! Mentors are not just for academic support; we want to offer the students a reliable adult who makes time for JUST THEM. Therefore, mentors meet with their mentees on a weekly basis for roughly an hour (one period). They come at the same time every week, during one of their mentees elective classes.

Anyone interest in mentoring or volunteering with Cobb should go online and complete the Volunteer Application for Leon County Schools. If they wish to mentor, there will be a button to select towards the bottom of the application that will open a few additional questions for the mentor to complete. There is a brief training workshop hosted by the district for volunteers and mentors. Any fingerprinting that needs to be done will be paid for by Leon County Schools.



VOLUNTEER WITH the 21st cclc program

Florida's 21st Century Community Learning Centers are looking for volunteers and mentors to assist with the 21st CCLC Program Monday-Friday from 3:00PM-6:00PM. Volunteers and mentors schedule can be flexible. Volunteers will assist students with STEM, homework, and literary activities. Volunteers will not have to undergo background checks.

Contact Victoria Smith at victoria@uwbb.org for more information.

Scholarships, Internships and Jobs


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Book Stipend

The purpose of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Stipend Award is to assist Florida State University students in completing their education. MLK Book Stipend Awards are available on a competitive basis to both undergraduate and graduate students.

To apply, students must provide a transcript, a letter of recommendation, and answer four essay questions.

The application is only accepted online. Those with questions or who encounter any problems with the application may contact program coordinator Tryce Taylor at tataylor@fsu.edu.

The application deadline is Dec. 1 at 11:59 p.m.



Nonprofit Internship Program

The Nonprofit Internship Program invites Florida State University students to earn up to 12 academic elective credits serving a nonprofit initiative in the Big Bend area. This competitive program is designed for students from degree programs that do not offer an internship opportunity for academic credit. If you are from such a program and would like to gain valuable experience in a nonprofit organization in areas such as child development, juvenile justice, environmental issues, adolescent care, public health, public education, elder care, domestic abuse, poverty, homelessness or disaster service, you are welcome to apply.

Successful applicants will serve either full-time or half-time for the full semester. We will offer a limited number of internships for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis until the internship slots are filled.

The application for the summer and fall 2017 semesters is now available.  Please download and return the completed application no later than Friday, April 7 by 11:59 p.m.



Child Defender Fellowship

In 2017, CDF will launch the CDF® Child Defender Fellowship. This program will provide training and engage participants in collective nonviolent action to positively impact children’s issues at the national, state and local levels.  Fellows can expect to gain critical knowledge on policy and legislation, learn about the history and tactics of nonviolent organizing, and practice applying those skills in the community including promoting local awareness, showing the local impact of policy, direct engagement with legislators, constructive programming, and building a team. This learning environment will be a web-based, virtual community for action, from October 2017 to June 2018. Over this period, Fellows will engage in approximately twenty learning sessions which will be accompanied by actions that each fellow can take in their communities.  Complete the interest form here.  Contact Madison Sampson at msampson@childrensdefense.org or (202) 662-3589 for more information. Learn more about the Children’s Defense Fund at childrensdefense.org.


PAid sodexo sustainability intern

The Sodexo Intern will perform and train in various responsibilities under their career concentration. Sodexo is looking for someone who is willing to be open to learning and growing. Maturity of judgment and behavior. Maintains a positive attitude. Ability to work a flexible schedule helpful. 

Apply at: sodexo.balancetrak.com | Requisition Number: 2017-16264


Turn About Inc of Tallahassee seeks social services administrative assistant

Turn About, Inc. of Tallahassee is a local non-profit treatment facility for adolescents, young adults and their families who may be experiencing mental health and/or substance abuse problems.  They are in need of a Social Services Administrative Assistant to perform office duties.  Turn About is particularly seeking applicants majoring in the helping professions (Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, Nursing, etc.).

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