Name: Marlon Derilus,
Major: Criminology & Criminal Justice
Bio: Marlon Derilus identifies as Haitian-American and hails from the beautiful city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His field of study is Criminology & Criminal Justice with minor studies in Philosophy. He has aspirations of becoming a detective and then working in the FBI. In his spare time, Marlon spends time exercising, traveling, and spending time in nature.
Marlon has come full circle through FLI. Introduced to the program as a freshman part of the 2019 cohort, then became a mentor in the program in 2021, and finally serving as Director in 2022. It has been a fulfilling journey, and Marlon looks forward to pouring back into the organization that poured so much into him.
Campus Involvement: College of Criminology Student Leadership Council, The Black Student Union, Renegade Leadership Honor Society, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Name: Lydiah Gracia
Position: Assistant Director
Major: Biological Sciences
Bio: Lydiah Gracia is a second year senior from Winter Haven, FL, majoring in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry. After graduation, Lydiah plans on going to medical school to become specialized as an obstetrician-gynecologist. Women’s health is an interest of Lydiah’s because she is passionate about advocating for women needing medical attention. When not working on her studies, Lydiah can be found off-campus doing activities with her friends from church. Lydiah likes to be involved in different spaces on campus that are a part of who she is as a person and a student. Previous involvement in the Freshman Leadership Institute has been a pivotal step in her leadership development. FLI gave her the resources and skills she needed to be successful in the spaces that she chose to be in. Lydiah wants to help the next generation of freshmen gain the skills they need to be the best leaders on campus.
Campus Involvement: Black Women in Medicine, Every Nation Tallahassee, Forward FSU, Breakthrough FSU, and Union Board
Name: Alli Denison
Position: Facilitator of Operations
Major: Political science with French and Philosophy minors
Bio: Alli is a second year majoring in Political Science from just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. She plans to graduate in 2024 or 2025 and attend law school. Alli’s hobbies include playing the piano and ukulele, taking care of plants, pottery, and riding horses. She is passionate about womxn’s rights and advocacy work, LGBTQIA+ activism, as well as social justice and politics. You can catch Alli hanging out on Landis, studying at a picnic bench, or reading a book with her cat. Alli’s main goals for her position as Facilitator of Operations is to create a strong bond and communication within the executive board, as well as further establish FLI as a prominent FSU institution with strong ties to the community.
Campus Involvement: Women’s Student Union (Womxn’s History Month Coordinator), Generation Action (Secretary), Student Conduct Board (Chair), @floridastate26 (Co-administrator), FSU Student Foundation (Recruitment officer), ForwardFSU (Blazer), Freshman Leadership Institute (Facilitator of Operations)
Name: Liza Francois
Position: Co-Facilitator of Mentors
Major: Family & Child Sciences, Hospitality & Tourism Management
Bio: Liza Francois is a third-year senior from Fort Myers, Florida pursuing a dual degree in Family & Child Sciences and Hospitality & Tourism Management with a minor in General Business. After graduation, she plans on attaining her master's degree. After building her career in the hospitality industry, she will open her own nonprofit organization aimed at mentoring high-school-aged girls. Liza is very passionate about mentorship and helping others and often spends time with her mentee through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend. Other interests include journaling, shopping, personal and professional development, and creating long-lasting memories. If she isn’t in the C.A.R.E. lab completing different tasks and assignments then she is home watching a movie with her partner. As a former FLI participant herself, Liza understands the value of this experience and wants to enhance that experience for the upcoming class. As one of the Facilitators of Mentors, Liza plans on bringing more structure to the mentorship portion of this program and ensuring that the mentor-mentee relationships built are strong, meaningful, and impactful.
Campus Involvement: SISTUHS, Incorporated, C.A.R.E. Team Leader, Career Center Student Ambassador, W.E.B. DuBois Honor Society
Name: Anissa Jean-Felix
Position: Co-Facilitator of Mentors
Major: Criminology & Criminal Justice
Bio: Anissa Jean-Felix is a second year sophomore from Miami, FL majoring in Criminology & Criminal Justice on a Pre-Law track with a minor in Emergency Management & Homeland Security. After graduation, Anissa intends on moving to Washington, D.C. to receive her Masters at Howard University in Criminal Justice where she will hopefully end up securing a job as a Field Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. When not hanging out with her friends, you can find her on Landis Green catching up on some homework or hanging out at the Black Student Union socializing amongst her peers. Some things that Anissa is very passionate about are social justice & the arts. She loves to keep herself very informed about the world around her and is a very outspoken individual on topics that mean most to her. As a former FLI participant, Anissa has big plans of increasing the Mentorship aspect of this program allowing for this new class of FLI students to build lifelong bonds with their mentors and give them the tools they need to become determined life-changing leaders on Florida State’s campus.
Campus Involvement: Big Sister Little Sister Mentorship Program Pairing Chair
Name: Lucy Morfit
Position: Facilitator of Administration
Major: International Affairs
Bio: Lucy Morfit is a sophomore from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Her major is International Affairs, and post-graduation, Lucy hopes to work for the US Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. Alternatively, she would enjoy working for National Geographic or the New York Times within the field of photographic journalism. When not studying, she can be found reading a book on Landis, cooking, or hiking with friends. She is very passionate about climate change and protecting the environment, as well as woman’s rights issues. Having participated in FLI fall of 2021, Lucy was inspired to participate in the organization that helped her grow as a leader. As Facilitator of Administration, she hopes to increase student interaction within the organization, as well as encourage freshmen to be their authentic selves.
Campus Involvement: Inter-Residence Hall Council, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Delta Nu Zeta.
Name: Mia Nicholson
Position: Facilitator of Activities
Major: Criminology/Criminal Justice with a minor in Communications
Year: 2nd Year Sophomore
Bio: Mia is a second year majoring in Criminology on a pre-law track from Tampa, Florida. She strives to make positive changes that will impact not only today's, but future generations by utilizing her voice and passions to produce works that promote inclusion, diversity, and representation. Mia aspires to make tangible changes and increase youth-minority civic engagement through advocacy work for media and communications agencies.
Campus Involvement: NAACP 2nd Vice President, FSU Homecoming Festival Chair