​Programs and Workshops​

The College of Agriculture will provide various workshop opportunities during each semester. You are required to participate in at least two workshops. The workshops you attend should help you reach your personal development goals. Information about the workshops being offered each semester will be sent to participants and coaches. Examples of the workshops will include:

  • Understanding Self and Others (the Myers Briggs Type Indicator)
  • What is Leadership?
  • Group Decision Making
  • Character and Ethics
  • Communication Skills
  • Individual Decision Making
  • Campus and Off-Campus Leadership Programs and Workshops
You are expected to participate in a minimum of two of these programs.  Information will be sent to all participants and coaches.

Cooperative Housing Leadership Conference:
This day long conference provides training for positional leaders in the Cooperative Housing Community. The conference is held in the spring semester following formal recruitment.

The Council officers and chapter President Leadership Advance (CPLA) is an overnight retreat for all fraternity and sorority council officers, and chapter presidents taking place in January​​ every year. This is an opportunity for chapter presidents and council officers to develop leadership skills, set goals, and get to know other leaders in the fraternity and sorority community.

EDPS 30000: Fraternity/Sorority Leadership Development
The goal of this course is to provide student leaders who possess membership in fraternities and sororities with the skills, knowledge, and information to allow them to reach their potential as leaders and council/chapter officers. In the fall, the course focuses on Emerging Leaders. In the spring, the course focuses on Advanced Leadership. This course will focus significantly on the practical side of being an organizational leader, balanced with understanding how to create a stronger fraternity and sorority community. Students will engage in self-reflection and authentic conversations with their peers in order to gain a greater awareness of fraternity and sorority life. Contact the FSCL office to be able to register.

Emily Mauzy Vogel Sophomore Leadership Development Conference (EMV):
EMV is an overnight retreat that focuses on diversity appreciation, networking for leadership, running effective meetings, and leadership styles. Team-building activities include a low-ropes team course.
The Emerging Leader Award and the Betty Nelson Skilled Leader Award are presented.
When: Fall 2016 - stay tuned for dates
Cost: $20 (room and board covered)
Contact: Melissa Gruver - mgruver@purdue.edu or emv@purdue.edu, 765-496-2450

Indiana Greek Leadership Conference:
The Indiana Greek Leadership Conference (IGLC) is a student-run leadership conference that takes place in West Lafayette on the first Sunday of November each year. Fraternity and sorority members from Purdue University and other institutions around the state of Indiana have the opportunity to listen to well-renowned speakers and participate in interactive breakout sessions to enhance their leadership skills and learn about issues affecting the fraternity and sorority community. IGLC challenges fraternity and soroity members to honor the legacy of their founders and to move forward to a bright future.

Jay Severson Leadership Retreat:
The Jay Severson Leadership Retreat is held each fall semester for more than 100 students involved in leadership roles within Residence Hall Association (RHA), National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), and residence hall clubs.  For the two-day retreat, the students travel to Camp Tecumseh in Brookston, Indiana and participate in team-building exercises, a leadership development seminar with small group break-out sessions, and networking opportunities.  The retreat is intended to help prepare student leaders for their roles within clubs and is funded by the Jay Severson Endowment, RHA, NRHH, and University Residences.
When: October 2-3, 2015
Contact: Jennifer Bannon - 765-494-8431 or bannon0@purdue.edu

Mortar Board Leadership Conference:
This all day event offers three 3 keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and lunch with topics focused on leadership. This is held at the Stewart Center and Union.
When: January 30, 2016 (last Saturday in January)
Cost: $25 (covers lunch)
Chapter Senior Advisor: Roger Stewart - 765-494-2307 or rcstewar@purdue.edu 

Old Masters Program:
For the second year, Old Masters will host Evening With the Old Masters at 5:30 p.m. Monday, November 9, 2016 in Loeb Playhouse. The TEDx style event with half the ten Old Masters on stage responding to questions from the audience. 
Contact: Roger Steward - 765-494-2307 or rcstewar@purdue.edu​ 

The Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute, a program of the North-American Interfraternity Conference, is a 5-day leadership experience. UIFI: PURDUE is offered exclusively to Purdue fraternity and sorority members each May. The experience offers participants the opportunity to explore, define, and enhance their leadership skills, personal awareness, commitment to their fraternity or sorority, and to grow to expect values based action from themselves and those they lead.

Women in Leadership Institute:
This annual conference focuses on the achievements, challenges, and working relationships that occur with women in the workforce and leadership roles.  The program is designed to inspire, motivate, and challenge men and women with regards to these particular issues. 
When: March 7, 2015
Registration information available during spring semester.
Cost: $25 (covers conference materials, light breakfast and lunch) - *Needs-based scholarship available.
Contact: Brianne Rogers - electher@purdue.edu or 765-496-2452 

Other Workshop Options

You are also encouraged to attend other leadership workshops. If you can demonstrate to your coach that the program or workshop contained significant leadership content, the activity can be counted as one of the two leadership programs or workshops on or off-campus required workshops.

Academic Courses

Another requirement of the Leadership Development Certificate Program includes completion of at least six credit hours of relevant academic course offerings. All courses included must be justified by you. You must indicate how each course applies to your Personal Development Plan and your four goals. NOTE: The courses do not have to have "leadership" as the main focus, but you must justify to your coach the course's relevance in order to count in this program.

The following are recommended leadership courses that you may wish to take:

AGEC 435 - Leadership in a Changing World: An examination of various leadership theories and the importance of leadership. Drawing upon research from many disciplines and fundamental aspects of leadership, students will read, discuss, and apply these concepts to leadership experiences and to develop the competencies to be more effective leaders in their families, workplaces, and communities, Janet Ayres

AGRY 460/ANTH 460 - Contemporary Issues in Agriculture: Current agricultural issues are examined from a problem-solving standpoint. Includes discussion and debate of the social, economic, and technological decisions facing agricultural communities. Issues are examined from a social, as well as a technical-scientific, viewpoint. Jim Vorst

ANSC 381 - Career Leadership: This course allows animal science students to gain group experiences in problem solving and decision making, and participate in class discussions to improve effective interpersonal and group skills needed to enhance career satisfaction and build their network with alumni working in the animal industries.   Mark Russell

EDPS 300AA Student Leadership Development: This course studies leadership styles and assists students in developing their own leadership potential. Leadership theories and philosophies are reviewed and applied to fictional characters, prominent leaders in history, and students’ leadership activities. Pablo Malavenda

EDPS 301D - Peer Counseling Training/Faskillatators: Course offered through the Student Activities and Organizations area of the Office of the Dean of Students.  Faskillitators are peer leadership consultants who assist student leaders in planning events for their student organizations.  Faskillitators are experts at running meetings, developing retreats, and conducting icebreakers and energizers. Bridget Williams Golden

OLS 274 Applied Leadership: This course provides an introduction to and overview of the fundamental concepts of leadership and supervision. Emphasis is placed on the supervisor's major functions and essential areas of knowledge, relations with others, and personal development. Scott Homan

YDAE 359 - Leadership in Developing the Agricultural Professional: This course focuses on leadership skills that enhance the effectiveness of the agricultural professional. Students develop leadership skills through course activities and content that concentrate on team building, communication, time management, motivational skills, and goal setting. Jerry Peters

YDAE 385 - Urban Service-Learning: Using service learning as a pedagogy, students will have the opportunity to deepen and expand classroom learning through thoughtful, collaborative engagement with community organizations, agencies, and/or educational institutions and the people they serve. This course will offer opportunities to engage in complex real-world problems and to test the efficacy of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to finding solutions. Pamala Morris

YDAE 491M Serving International Communities: This course will combine the classroom educational experience on campus and a domestic service learning project in a Latino community in Indiana.  Students will learn asset-based community development, cultural implications of working within communities, and extensive project planning, management, and evaluation.  Students will work in teams with selected faculty to plan, design, conduct, and evaluate requested projects in Indiana communities.  SPAN 201 preferred.  Pamala Morris

YDAE 491M Serving Intercultural Communities: This course will combine the classroom educational experience on campus and a domestic service learning project in a Latino community in Indiana. Students will learn asset-based community development, cultural implications of working within communities, and extensive project planning, management, and evaluation. Students will work in teams with selected faculty to plan, design, conduct, and evaluate requested projects in Indiana communities. SPAN 201 preferred. Pamala Morris

Non-Classroom/Team Experiences

An important aspect of the Leadership Development Certificate Program experience is the opportunity for the students to apply the skills that they have learned in workshops and courses to their non-classroom or team experiences. We recommend that students seek a variety of experiences in a variety of settings.

Settings may include:

  • student organization
  • housing unit
  • competitive teams
  • mentoring programs
  • civic engagement opportunity within the community
  • an internship or part-time job in a setting where teamwork was essential
  • research project with faculty and other students as part of the team

The following resources may be useful for students who are looking for potential group/team opportunities:

Mentoring Programs

Animal Science Mentor Program: This program connects freshmen in Animal Sciences with upper classmen to enhance their first-year experience in the department. Mentors will invite mentees to the departmental activities​. Contact: Kim Karlin - kkarlin@purdue.edu or Ashley Daniel - daniel6@purdue.edu​

Peer Mentor Program: Students from university residences help incoming freshmen of underrepresented groups to succeed personally and academically at college by pairing them with a peer mentor who will foster the development or self-esteem and personal achievement skills in the mentees. Contact: James Foster​, 765-494-2517. Visit their website: ​www.housing.purdue.edu/ResidentialLife​​​​/PeerMentorProgram.html​ 


Agricultural Council: Ag Council is a group of student leaders in the College of Agriculture that coordinates student life activities, scholarship and student club recognition, and serves as a liaison to more than thirty agricultural option clubs. mfernandez@purdue.edu​ 

Ambassadors: in addition to Ag Ambassadors, many departments and other colleges have envoys or ambassadors who organize and lead outreach, student life, and alumni and industry relations activities and serve as representatives of their program to the public.tegger@purdue.edu

BGR-Boiler Gold Rush: Team leaders are current Purdue students who facilitate team-building activities and guide participants to all BGR activities and programs. Most importantly, team leaders answer the new students' questions, share their personal and academic experiences, and help new Boilermakers get acclimated to their surroundings. Applications available late January or early February. http://www.purdue.edu/BGR/, 494-9328

B-Involved: From leadership conferences and classes to community action service days and individual and student organization volunteer referrals, Student Activities & Organizations- Civic Engagement & Leadership Development works hard to provide YOU meaningful opportunities to explore who you are and how you fit into the world around you. We believe that leadership development opportunities and community service initiatives can assist EVERY student’s growing leadership abilities and capacities as you seek to create positive social change in local and global communities. 765-496-2450, bva@purdue.edu,   www.purdue.edu/b-involved/civic-engagement-and-leadership-development

Old Masters: Through this program, ten exceptional persons who have made significant contributions to their own fields visit Purdue University to share their expertise with our students. Applications are due in September. www.purdueoldmasters.org

Purdue Student Activities and Organizations: With more than 725 student organizations at Purdue, students enjoy many opportunities to build friendships and rewarding experiences. Getting involved shrinks the university to the size of the campus model in the Purdue Memorial Union. Getting the most out of your time at Purdue means getting involved. Take your first step toward participation by viewing the listings here. It's likely that there is a student organization just waiting for you. https://purdue.edu/b-involved

PSG-Purdue Student Government: PSG represents the student body by advocating student concerns to students, faculty, community members, administrators, and alumni. In other words, PSG is the voice of the student body. 765-494-7201, www.purduesg.com 

PSUB-Purdue Student Union Board: PSUB provides a variety of programs and services that enrich and entertain. PSUB also provides students with leadership development and serves as the voice of Purdue students in cooperative management of the Purdue Memorial Union. 765-494-8976, www.union.purdue.edu/studentevents​