HAVERFORD, Pa. – Haverford Women's Lacrosse senior goalkeeper Rachel Romens represented Haverford and the Centennial Conference at the Annual NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership forum, which was held from November 16 to November 19 in Washington, D.C.
Romens, from Verona, Wis., has an exemplary record of leadership and scholarship within the Haverford community. Romens is a member of Haverford's Student-Athlete Advisor Committee (SAAC) and has worked closely with the conference and national SAAC organizations in that role. In addition, Romens was one of the Co-Heads of the Customs program at Haverford, overseeing the entire first-year orientation program for incoming students. Previously, Romens served as an honor code orienteer and committee head within the Customs program. Romens has served on the RMJ Executive Board, a program that fosters leadership opportunities and community development on campus. She is also member of Haverford's strength and conditioning advisory committee.
Romens said of her experience in Washington, "I am incredibly grateful to have been able to attend the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum this fall. As a whole, the entire experience was profoundly impactful, but specifically through the people that I met and everything that I learned in those four days."
She continued, "By breaking us into our small groups for a majority of the conference (mine was the 'Blue Crew'), we were able to learn from and with your core group of people about best leadership practices in a very honest and open way. I also learned a lot about myself as a person and a leader in a very short amount of time, and I'm excited to bring some of that insight back to campus to further the success of our teams and athletic department."
The NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum engages a diverse and dynamic representation of 275 student-athletes, coaches, faculty and administrators. The Leadership Forum, created in 1997, has been a life-changing experience for more than 5,000 student-athletes, many who have grown personally and professionally, gained a new network of peers and friends, as well as felt the rewards and importance of community service.
Student-athletes selected to attend the forum return to campus with invaluable leadership skills, experience of exploring the relationship between personal values, core beliefs and behavioral styles, and a detailed understanding of the NCAA as well as the valuable role of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC).