​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.

Boiler Blast!:
This annual event enables hundreds of Purdue volunteers to participate in a number of community service projects throughout the Greater Lafayette area. This day is a mass effort to assist community members and local non-profit agencies with spring-cleaning and other tasks that are needed. (Coordinated by Boilers in Action)
When: April 1, 2017
Contact: Vanessa Pacheco -vpacheco@purdue.edu or 765-496-2450

Book-Harmon Leadership Forum:
The 2015 Book-Harmon Leadership Forum will take place at Purdue University on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 starting with a pizza lunch for students and guests at 12pm in the Dean’s Auditorium of Pfendler Hall. This year’s Book-Harmon Fellow is Carrie Maune, Vice President of Trilogy Analytical Laboratory. Maune will start her presentation, entitled “Things I Learned Along The Way”, at 1pm, followed by a question and answer and discussion session. The forum will end with a reception at 4pm.
For questions, please contact JoAnn Galyon at sgalyon@purdue.edu​ or 765-494-4806.

Book-Harmon Leadership Program
Bob Book and Bud Harmon established the Book-Harmon Leadership Program in Animal Sciences to enhance their efforts to provide and promote leadership in animal agriculture.
Components of the Book-Harmon Leadership Program include:

  • ​A Leadership Forum each semester
  • Undergraduate and graduate student $1,000 scholarships
  • Graduate student assistantship in leadership development
  • Leadership Course Continuum (ANSC 18100-68100 classes)
  • Faculty/staff/student leadership retreats
  • Industry mentoring and coaching
  • Industry tours
  • Leadership Development Activity Awards
  • Career Services Office with leadership resource library
  • Prepare and encourage students to complete the College of Agriculture Leadership Development Certificate
  • ANSC courses and experiences to support the university Entrepreneurship and Innovation Certificate
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: Foundations of Leadership:
Apply leadership for the common good with hands on experience in the community and develop your leadership potential through personal inventories and exploration of personal and social identities. 
When: Fall 2016 T 5-6:30 and TR 9-10:15
Contact: Jesus Romero -romero28@purdue.edu or 765-496-2450

Elect Her at Purdue:
It is the only program in the country that encourages and trains college women to run for student government and future political office. Elect Her - Campus Women Win addresses the need to expand the pipeline to women running for office and to diminish the longstanding political gender gap. Purdue was selected as new site in October 2013 for Elect Her, a program from the American Association of University Women and Running Start.
When: March 4, 2017
Contact: Jesus Romero - romero28@purdue.edu or 765-496-2450​

Emily Mauzy Vogel Sophomore Leadership Development Conference (EMV):
EMV is an intensive overnight retreat for nominated sophomores focused on learning strengths-based approaches to inclusive leadership. Student participants are challenged to explore themselves and appreciate the contributions of others as they develop their personal leadership identity. This program is made possible by a generous gift from the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mauzy, Purdue alumni. Participants qualify for the year-long EMV Experience. 
When: September 9-10, 2016
Cost: $20 (room and board covered)
Contact: Jesus Romero - romero28@purdue.edu or emv@purdue.edu, 765-496-2450

First Year Leadership Series:
The First-Year Leadership Series (FLS) is for first-year Purdue students. This six session series will explore theorists Kouzes and Posner's Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership. Students who complete the series will: Experience leadership growth, learn about and gain access to involvement opportunities and leadership programs, enhance their resume, and receive a certificate and an entry on their co-curricular transcripts. 
Fall: September 28- November 10, 2016
Spring: February 8- March 15, 2017
Contact: Jesus Romero - romero28@purdue.edu or 765-496-2450

Hunger Action Day:
Get connected to service right away during the first weekend of fall semester through this campus-wide day of service. Explore issues of food security and hunger while serving at local partner agencies working to address these issues. 
When: August 27, 2016 
Contact: Vanessa Pacheco -vpacheco@purdue.edu or 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 7-8, 2016
Contact: Jennifer Bannon - bannon0@purdue.edu or 765-494-8431  

Leadership Learning Community:
Sophomore students can choose to live in this residence hall community that focuses on leadership for social change​. Students live and learn together through coursework, community service, and other engaging opportunities outside of the classroom. LLC students attend the EMV Retreat and take a Social Change city trip to Indianapolis (fall) and Chicago (spring) to see leadership in action.
Contact: Melissa Gruver - mgruver@purdue.edu​ or 765-496-2450

Make a Difference Day:
Make a difference day is the national day to improve the lives of others, and Purdue celebrates this day by serving at local agencies that enhance and support our local environment. 
When: October 22, 2016
Contact: Vanessa Pacheco -vpacheco@purdue.edu or 765-496-2450

Martin Luther King Day of Service:
Make it a day on, not a day off, and participate in this national day of service. Experience what Dr. King referred to as "beloved community" as you commit to service on MLK Day and throughout the year! (Collaboration with Purdue MLK Day Committee).
When: January 16, 2017
Contact: Vanessa Pacheco -vpacheco@purdue.edu or 765-496-2450​

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 - rcstewar@purdue.edu or 765-494-2307 

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 -  rcstewar@purdue.edu​ or 765-494-2307 

Project Move Out:
Project Move Out benefits local community members and is an annual effort to divert items from landfill disposal. Students donate items such as food, clothing, electronics, books, furniture and luggage. Much needed volunteers assist with unloading trucks and sorting donated items.
When: May 5-9, 2017
Contact: Vanessa Pacheco -vpacheco@purdue.edu or 765-496-2450​

Season of Sharing:
Select a name from the tree located in various campus offices and purchase holiday gifts for children and families in our community that are served by the Salvation Army, Mental Health America, and the YWCA women's shelter.
When: November 7 - December 9, 2016
Contact: Vanessa Pacheco -vpacheco@purdue.edu or 765-496-2450

Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshops:
Over the course of her working life, a woman earns roughly $1 million less than a man...SIMPLY BECAUSE SHE IS A WOMAN. $tart $mart is an interactive AAUW workshop designed to give college women the confidence and skills they needs to earn fair compensation.
When: TBD
Contact: Melissa Gruver - mgruver@purdue.edu​ or 765-496-2450

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:
The Women's Leadership Institute will develop the capacity of women and men to provide leadership in their personal and vocational lives. Participants will be exposed to issues affecting women that need leadership. WIL is a one-day conference that includes keynote speakers, intensive workshops, and break-out sessions.
When: March 4, 2017
Registration information available during spring semester.
Contact: Jesus Romero - romero28@purdue.edu or 765-496-2450​ 

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 43500 - 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.

AGRY 46000/ANTH 46000 - Contemporary Issues in AgricultureCurrent 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 humanistic, as well as, a scientific viewpoint. 

ANSC 38100 - Leadership for a Diverse Workplace: An interactive, small group discussion class covering effective interpersoanl and group skills needed to enhance career​ satisfaction in a diverse workplace including building networks within industry, cross-cultural communication and gaining experiences in group problem-solving and decision-making. This course may be used as an additional written communication elective as required in all plans of study in Animal Sciences.   

EDPS 30000 - Student Leadership Development: This course studies leadership styles; campus organizational structures; program planning; social and intellectual activities; human relations and cultural differences; motivation; team building; public relations and assists students in developing their own leadership potential. 

EDPS 30100 - Peer Counseling Training: Students are trained to help peers deal with their problems and concerns. Training modules are used to build knowledge and skills inthe duties of peer helpers; student development, communication, goal setting, and use of comminity resources are stressed.  

OLS 27400 - 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. 

YDAE 35900 - 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. 

YDAE 38500 - 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. 

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:


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. 494-9328, http://www.purdue.edu/BGR/

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. bva@purdue.edu, 765-496-2450,   https://www.purdue.edu/sao/

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​