The program is based on a philosophy of non-positional leadership and a process of exploring values, honing leadership skills, and becoming an inclusive leader.


We believe that everyone has the potential for leadership, at any point in their college experience. Our goal is to help you create an integrated and coherent leadership experience that enhances your knowledge and is connected to your academic course of study. Our leadership development programs are a combination of experiential learning opportunities, skill development, and self-assessment programs. We believe that once a student leader understands and knows themselves and their leadership style, they then have the potential to exert great influence on their organizations, work environments, and future communities.


We commit ourselves to pursuing a just and equitable world for all people through our daily work, our pedagogy, and how we form relationships with students and partners. We support students’ agency to make change and we believe we have a responsibility to engage in intentional action and education to dismantle unjust systems of power, privilege, and oppression. We recognize that humility and reflection are integral to this process. We believe the challenges facing our university, community, state, nation, and world are complex, and we seek to develop long-term, reciprocal partnerships that center community wisdom in our collective pursuit of justice. We value the strengths and assets of our community, and believe that our futures are inextricably intertwined. We practice open, authentic, and civil communication. We seek first to understand, and we partner in a collegial manner that is consistently professional, respectful, and empathetic. We look for creative and sustainable approaches to enhance our work, challenge assumptions, and promote strategies to advance transformative learning. We inspire and are inspired; we infuse energy and passion into the pursuit of our vision and mission, and we believe there is strength in diversity of thought and experiences. We ground our practice in reflection and critical inquiry, and we strive to create connections that advance our collective goals. We exercise the highest ethical and professional standards in our advancement of the student learning experience and in relationships with campus and community partners. We invite students, staff, faculty, and partners to be active participants in shaping the direction of our work. We are accountable to our students, campus partners, community members, and community partners. We are committed to the sustainability of relationships and the projects those relationships foster. We strive to be thoughtful and responsible with our natural and institutional resources, facilities, and spaces, with an intention to use our resources to advance equity. We seek to create opportunities for students to thrive while exploring how to live authentic and balanced lives.


Through the creation and implementation of a comprehensive Leadership Development Program, Student Activities demonstrates its support of the mission of the Division of Student Affairs to prepare students to be effective, ethical leaders, and active citizens who can make a positive difference in their communities. The leadership programs offered will enhance the students’ opportunities to learn about themselves, grow their leadership potential and ability, and recognize the value of transferrable skills. The leadership programs are specifically designed to enhance their co-curricular experience while fostering individual growth that leads to the development of productive and ethical citizens, and a healthier campus climate.


The Leadership and Professional Development Initiative (LPDI), builds on this strong reputation by leveraging and connecting class and out-of-class experiences to give students the best chance at success at Purdue and beyond. The LPDI prepares more students for career-oriented growth, helping them translate their experiences into better job placement and advancement opportunities. LPDI uses a competency-based approach, based on stakeholder feedback, to develop a framework that leverages curricular and co-curricular experiences.


We design experiential programs and trainings in an effort to provoke thought and inspire action among our student leaders, staff, and the University community.


The OSU Leadership Center is led by a group of professionals dedicated to providing leadership-centered education and research to individuals, organizations and communities. We provide high-quality, practical programs to build and strengthen leadership capacities, and we offer an in-depth collection of leadership-related resources for loan.

University of IllinoisUNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

The Illinois Leadership Center is committed to developing and enhancing the leadership skills of all students through assessment, learning, and experiential opportunities. In addition, the Center supports faculty and staff who are pursuing leadership-related teaching, research, and student engagement activities.

University of IowaUNIVERSITY OF IOWA

The Center for Student Involvement & Leadership is committed to the leadership development of all UI students. CSIL offers several opportunities for students to advance their leadership skills. Students can enroll in for credit academic leadership classes to discover more about leadership and the skills necessary for effective leadership. Students learn about leadership models and develop a personal philosophy of leadership. Student leaders are encouraged to take part in many leadership activities throughout each semester. The Leadership Development Series and Student Leadership Institute are great ways for campus leaders to network, share ideas, and work to create positive change at the University of Iowa.

University of MarylandUNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

The Minor in Leadership Studies promotes college student leadership development by educating undergraduate students for and about leadership in a complex world. The goal of the Minor is to prepare students to serve effectively in formal and informal leadership roles in campus, local, national, and global contexts. The Minor encourages students to identify a working philosophy of leadership that can advance students’ thinking around ethics, civic engagement, and the importance of working within diverse and multicultural environments. These areas are critical aspects of leadership that require faculty and students to build and critically evaluate existing theoretical, research-based, and practical knowledge of leadership.

University of MichiganUNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Sanger’s mission is to build a more connected, creative, and prosperous world, one leader at a time. Through thought leadership and transformative experiences, we develop leaders with the mindset, skill set, and personal vision to make a positive difference in the world.


This interdisciplinary minor serves a diverse group of students and complements all academic majors with its emphasis on problem-solving skills, understanding diverse philosophies and cultures within and across societies, and developing skills for effective citizenship and lifelong learning. As a truly collaborative program, the Leadership Minor is dedicated to supporting the University of Minnesota’s civic mission to develop graduates who can apply their undergraduate education toward creating a better world and who can be proactive leaders in society.

University of NebraskaUNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

The leadership Education Program is designed to develop students for training and leadership positions in organizations and agencies involved in the agriculture industry. The curriculum focuses on the development of communication skills, teaching strategies, and leadership capabilities within various contexts in preparation for community roles.

University of WisconsinUNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

To cultivate and engage students through practical leadership skill development and involvement experiences.