Leadership Development

A Commitment to Leadership Development creates an environment where studentathletes constantly feel supported to be great listeners, helpful teammates, and innovative leaders. The program allows studentathletes to understand leadership at every level and leverage that on and off the field, professionally and personally.

20222023 SAACled initiatives

National StudentAthlete Day of Service

Golden Dores Awards Reception

NCAA Diversity and Inclusion Social Media Campaign

Peer Mentorship Program

National StudentAthlete Day Celebration

National Kindness Day

CoSponsor with BSAG: Day of Impact National Women and Sports Day

Jones Paideia Holiday Party

Black StudentAthlete Group

202223 BSAGled initiatives

All Vote No Play Election Viewing Party

CoSponsor with BSAG: Day of Impact National Women and Sports Day

Fall Festival

How to Play Spades Party

Community Meetings


Be An Anchor & Beyond the Game

Be An Anchor
Be An Anchor is a leadership training program made up of nominated representatives from each sport. Vanderbilt StudentAthlete Development provides curriculum that addresses timeless life and sports leadership skills in an engaging, memorable way for the studentathletes.

Be An Anchor is the first step of Vanderbilt Athethletics overall leadership development programming. Here, studentathletes create a create a working definition of leadership, participate in listening activities, and discuss their values, ultimately debriefing how those are guiding principles for how they understand their leadership practice.

Consequently, studentathletes are able to use this introspective work in mentoring sessions with senior administration and faculty. The purpose of these meetings is to carve out space for seasoned and budding leaders to exchange stories, wisdom, and experience. As a part of Vanderbilt’s goal of crosscampus collaboration, this will allow studentathletes to have a deeper sense of commitment to other parts of their campus community as well as the athletic community.

Beyond the Game

Beginning as a pilot program for Vanderbilt’s Football Program, Beyond the Game with Pepsi flourished into a leadership development speaker series. Here, studentathletes that graduated from the Be An Anchor program take advantage of this opportunity to expand their network both with industry professionals and other Nashvillebased colleges: Belmont, Fisk, Lipscomb, and Tennessee State University.

Student-Athlete Advisory Council

SAAC is a  committee comprised of two representatives from each varsity team, selected for leadership capabilities provides Vanderbilt University student-athletes the opportunity to:

  • Communicate with and support other student-athletes.
  • Have a voice to the Athletics administration and the entire University community.
  • Develop leadership skills. Leaders of Vanderbilt’s SAAC may go on to represent the University at the SEC level and at the NCAA level.
  • Participate in community service activities, social activities, and programs designed to raise awareness about athletic events and the accomplishments of student-athletes.

Roster

 

2021-2022 SAAC-led initiatives

  • National Student-Athlete Day of Service
  • Golden Dores Awards Reception
  • NCAA Diversity and Inclusion Social Media Campaign
  • Peer Mentorship
  • National Student-Athlete Day Celebration
  • Diversity Video
  • DUI Prevention Video
  • Athletes for Athletes
  • Co-Sponsor with BSAG: Black Student-Athlete Experience Panel

Black Student-Athlete Group

BSAG is a student group that was formed to  improve the Black student-athlete experience at Vanderbilt University. The Black Student-Athlete Group offers student-athletes space to voice their experience and important feedback for senior administration. 

2021-2022 Representatives

Taiya Shelby and Elijah McAlister | Co-Presidents 

 

2021-2022 BSAG-led initiatives

  • BSAG Day of Impact celebrating Black History Month
  • Alumni Panel
  • Co-Sponsor with SAAC: Black Student-Athlete Experience Panel
  • Black Student-Athlete experience discussion with BSAG
  • Movie Night
  • Community Meetings

Be An Anchor

Be An Anchor is a leadership training program made up of two representatives from each sports. Vanderbilt Student-Athlete Development provides curriculum that addresses timeless life and sports leadership skills in an engaging, memorable way for the student-athletes. 

Roster

Burke, Abigail E

Cambridge, Jordyn K

Chambers, Yaubryon A

Chatman, Rodney G, III

Cruz, Marcella L

Cummins, Mabel

Eck, Caroline R

Estopinal, Matthew C

Ferreira, Marcus W

Finneran, Paige P

Gainor, Samantha

Jordan, Chantal E

Keegan, Dominic J

Kim, Auston

Klopper, Joubert

Maldonado, Nicholas M

Moll, William S

Ott, Harrison J

Pacernick, Corey

Raietparvar, Kimya

Sattelkau, Celina R

Shamburger, Ella T

Sims, Jada S

Sundin, Callie M

Wright, Jordan C

Yanek, McKenzie