In upholding the mission of Gonzaga University, the Department of Athletics, and Student-Athlete Support Services (SASS), the Life Skills Program strives to enhance the overall experience of Gonzaga's student-athletes by developing each individual within the Jesuit philosophy of
The Life Skills Program is devoted to developing well-rounded student-athletes and preparing them to be productive citizens and successful professionals. Through the Program, the Freshmen Athlete Orientation course, and campus and community partnerships, topics are addressed to foster student-athletes' personal growth and development, including organization and time management, stress and anxiety, depression, motivation, personal relationships, financial management, violence prevention, health and wellness, drug and alcohol use, nutrition, leadership, understanding diversity, communication and media relations. The Life Skills Program builds and maintains strong relationships with campus and community partners to provide personal and career development programming. Such partnerships allow for student-athletes to be better integrated with the rest of the campus community. Previous campus partners have included:
The Life Skills Program is committed to the career development and life goals of each student-athlete at Gonzaga, as they pursue their undergraduate studies and prepare for their futures following graduation, either in the workforce or graduate/professional school. Career development programs address the following: resumes and cover letters, job and internship search strategies, etiquette, networking, interviewing, career fairs, the transition from college to the workplace, and graduate/professional school. Support and encouragement are offered while stressing the importance of proactive career preparation. The Life Skills Program works closely with Gonzaga's Career and Professional Development Center along with the Gonzaga Alumni Mentor Program (GAMP) to provide programming and services addressing all areas of career development and a network of alumni mentors. The Health and Counseling Center provides guidance for
In upholding Gonzaga's and the Jesuit tradition of giving back and creating a "mature concern for others", the Life Skills Program offers student-athletes several opportunities to serve the local community. Community outreach events provide an opportunity for student-athletes to gain a better understanding of the world around them while giving back to others who may be less fortunate. The Program collegially works with local non-profit organizations and schools while serving a variety of community populations. The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) provides all GU students with additional community involvement opportunities. During the 2016-17 year, the Zags achieved 3,276 hours of service, a record for the Athletics Department. Twenty-eight different agencies were served, including:
Gonzaga Athletics supports leadership development and opportunities through the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) and the Student-Athlete Leadership Institute.
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.)
The purpose of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) is to provide Gonzaga University student-athlete representation on issues and areas of concerns involving student-athletes, the GU Athletic Department, the WCC, the NCAA, and the community. If athletes have any problems or concerns that they feel should be addressed at these meetings, they should speak with their team representatives who will then bring the issue to the S.A.A.C. meeting for discussion. This committee is for student-athletes to improve their experiences at Gonzaga. The S.A.A.C. will receive the full support of the Athletic Director, Senior Woman Administrator, and the Faculty Athletic Representative, who will act as liaisons to the committee.
Student-Athlete Leadership Institute
The Student-Athlete Leadership Institute is designed to further develop student-athletes' leadership skills as students, athletes, and leaders on campus and in the community. Members were selected to participate in the developmental program to further improve themselves as mentors and leaders on their respective teams and on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Life Skills Programming & Events
11/17/2017 - Fredrickson Nominated by Peers as Zag of the Month
11/08/2017 - Zags Top the Nation in Graduation Success Rate
05/04/2017 - GU Athletics Celebrates Senior Student-Athletes
05/04/2017 - Cole Garcia named April Zag of the Month
04/19/2017 - Wolfram Named Zag of the Month
03/29/2017 - Williams-Goss named Zag of the Month
02/13/2017 - Jenny Albrecht Named Zag of the Month