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Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)
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What is SAAC?
Student-athletes have a voice in the NCAA through advisory committees at the campus, conference, and national level. Each committee is made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience and offer input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on campus.
The mission of the National Student-Athlete Advisory Committees is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image.
Though the focus of campus SAACs is intended to be more parochial in nature, communication among campus and national SAACs offers student-athletes the opportunity to shape the landscape of intercollegiate athletics.
Many NCAA conferences have created conference SAACs in order to strengthen the communication between the campus and national committees. Through increased communication and networking, the SAACs hope to better represent the views of all student-athletes.
The Division I National SAAC consists of one student-athlete from each of the 32 Division I conferences. Members are selected from a pool of three nominees from each of the represented conferences. Each student-athlete serves a two-year term with the option for re-election if eligible. The Division I SAAC reports directly to the Division I Leadership Council, and one SAAC member participates in each meeting of the Leadership Council. Additionally, SAAC members are represented on cabinets and committees within the Division I governance structure. It is through these mechanisms that NCAA Division I student-athletes offer input and assist in shaping the proposed legislation by which their division is governed. With the new proposed Division I governance structure, there will be one SAAC member serving on the Board of Directors, two SAAC members serving on the Council and SAAC members represented on the various governance committees. All of these SAAC members will have a vote.
The mission of the Division I SAAC is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete well-being and fostering a positive student-athlete image. Specifically, Division I SAAC fulfills its mission by soliciting student-athlete responses to proposed NCAA legislation, reviewing and commenting on the governance structure, suggesting potential NCAA legislation and actively participating in the administrative process of athletics programs and the NCAA. Division I SAAC members accept the responsibility of representing and participating on behalf of thousands of Division I student-athletes and are further entrusted with keeping both campus and conference committees educated on the relevant issues affecting Division I.
President - Lana Duke, Soccer
Vice-President - Cole Verble, Men's Track & Field
Secretary - Clara Nichols, Women's Track & Field
Assistant Secretary - Danielle Coleman, Women’s Track & Field
Community Service - Cydney Crook, Women's Track & Field
Public Relations - Haley Woodard, Soccer
Treasurer - Stephanie Ferrante, Women’s Track & Field
Advisor - Agatha Adams, Assistant Director of ASSA
Advisor - Jawauna Harding, Career Services
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