America East SAAC Mission Statement:
The mission of the America East Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which represents diverse views and backgrounds of student-athletes, is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by protecting student-athlete welfare, fostering a positive student-athlete image via community service, encouraging growth of the campus SAACs, and providing a forum for student-athletes, conference administrators and institutional representatives to discuss rules governing America East and the NCAA that links campus SAACs with NCAA SAACs.
History of the America East Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee:
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) was created in 1999 with the purpose of reviewing America East Conference (AEC) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) activities and proposed legislation. Its creation also established an avenue for student-athlete input to be offered to a variety of Conference constituencies. The formation of the AEC SAAC provided student-athletes from member institutions with an opportunity to share ideas and cultivate relationships with peers.
The initial committee was comprised of one student-athlete from each member institution ensuring that the student-athlete voice accounted for the myriad of educational and athletics experiences of both female and male student-athletes at all AEC member institutions. A member from the committee also represents the AEC on the NCAA Division I National SAAC.
In April of 2007, the Conference began the process of establishing membership requirements. In September of that year, the Conference decided to recommend that two representatives from each school be elected; it was preferred that participants were chosen from different seasons with hopes of all sports being represented and with careful consideration given for gender and ethnic diversity. The Conference also decided to assign two alternates from each institution with the intent of always having two representatives at every meeting.
Each school is responsible for nominating at least four student-athletes to represent their institution on the Conference SAAC. The AEC will select two student-athletes from each institution as its representatives, and the other two will serve as alternates. One student-athlete from the SAAC will continue to represent the AEC on the NCAA Division I National SAAC.
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