The Department of Athletics, as a partner in the mission of Lafayette College, provides an effective learning experience for student-athletes through competitive NCAA Division I athletics. We are committed to cultivating an environment of excellence that fosters personal growth, leadership development, responsible citizenship, and teamwork. The department promotes pride, loyalty, and unity within the Lafayette community and creates opportunities for building lifelong relationships.
To achieve our mission, we have several programs that are geared toward helping our student-athletes succeed.
The Faculty Mentor Program for Athletic Teams is designed to enhance communication and open dialog among student-athletes, coaches, and faculty at Lafayette College. The faculty mentor will serve as a resource to the Department of Athletics and provide assistance to the coaches in addressing academic challenges encountered by student-athletes. The faculty mentor can facilitate communication between the coaches and the faculty, and can provide assistance and advice to student-athletes on academic and personal matters. The faculty mentor may assist the coaches in other ways, as deemed appropriate by the coaches and the faculty mentor.
Through this program, faculty members will develop an appreciation of the voluntary commitment that student-athletes make to their sports. Coaches and student-athletes also will have an opportunity to get to know the faculty outside the classroom environment.
Through the Academic Tutoring and Training Information Center (ATTIC), incoming first-year students are assigned an upperclass student-athlete to serve as their peer mentor for their first year. This student-athlete assists the first-year student in adjusting to college life and the academic demands of Lafayette College. In addition, peer mentors facilitate learning by hosting Academic Enhancement Workshops for all first-year student-athletes. These workshops take place in September and review time management, note taking, and study skills.
Each semester, student-athletes will attend a PARDS Program in one of the following topics: teamwork, diversity/unity, sportsmanship, leadership, hazing, gambling, alcohol, and nutrition. The programs are meant to provide student-athletes with a well-rounded education and challenge them to address the variety of issues facing student-athletes today. The information and coping techniques are intended to assist student-athletes in making positive choices while on campus and in the future.
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) serves as the student-athletes’ voice to the athletic administration, encourages engagement in campus and community activities, and promotes a positive student-athlete image on campus. SAAC is comprised of two to three representatives from each varsity athletic team, generally chosen by the coach or an upperclass SAAC representative, as a student who has shown leadership potential. This group also is provided an opportunity to interact with the Patriot League and National SAAC by attending the annual Patriot League SAAC meeting and voting on NCAA legislation.
“Developing Lafayette’s Next Generation of Leaders”
Lafayette partnered with Janssen Peak Performance to establish the Lafayette Athletics Leadership Academy to develop, challenge, and support student-athletes and coaches in their continual quest to become world-class leaders in academics, athletics, and life. The Leadership Academy will provide cutting-edge leadership development programming through interactive workshops, 360-degree feedback, one-on-one coaching, peer mentoring, supplemental online training, and educational resources. This comprehensive and ongoing approach to formal leadership development not only helps student-athletes be more successful during their college careers, it also provides them with a powerful competitive advantage in today’s challenging job market.