​Programs and Workshops​

The College of Agriculture will provide various workshop opportunities during each semester. 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:

  • Cooperative Housing Leadership Conference
  • Chapter President Leadership Advance (CPLA)
  • Indiana Greek Leadership Conference
  • Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI: Purdue)


Purdue Leadership and Professional Development Initiatives


Emily Mauzy Vogel Sophomore Leadership Development Conference (EMV):

When: September 7 and 8, 2018

Contact: Jesus Romeroromero28@purdue.edu or emv@purdue.edu, 765-496-2450


Purdue Student Service Breaks (SSB)

When: During Purdue Spring Break every year

Purdue Women in Leadership Institute (WLI)

When: February 23, 2019

Boiler Serves: Community Engagement Interest Floor


Learning from Leaders

​Thursday, September 20, 2018, 6-7:30pm, Deans Auditorium, Pfendler Hall 241​

Speaker brougth to campus to share leadership advice, experiences and personal journeys. 2018 Keynote Speaker and Leadership Expert: Andrew McPeak from Growing Leaders. Focus of talk: ​Leadership Development for Boilermakers. 

College of Agriculture's 7th Annual Entrepreneurship Event

​Tuesday, October, 23, 2018, 6-7:30pm, Deans Auditorium, Pfendler Hall 241

Four Entrepreneurial panel members come together for an evening panel discussion targeted toward undergraduate ag students interested in learning about entrepreneurial businesses, practices and personal/professional journeys.

Courses and Seminars:

  • ​EDPS 30000: Foundations of Leadership (3 Credits)
  • Study Abroad: Women's Leadership in a Global Context (3 Credits)
  • EDPS 30000: Leadership for Social Change (1, 2, or 3 Credits)
  • First Year Leadership Series

Institutes and Workshops: 

For more information, please email bvn@purdue.edu

  • ​Lunch-N-Learn Series - Fall and Spring Semesters
  • Strengths-Based Facilitation - Ongoing
  • Elect Her - February 23, 2019
  • Campus-Community (C2) Forum - Summer 2018
  • Community Organizing Institute - November 17, 2018
  • Careers4Change - January 31, 2019

Community Action: Campus Wide Days of Service

To serve in our community with your student group, email vpacheco@purdue.edu to be matched with a volunteer opportunity.

Hunger Action Day

Date: August 25, 2018

Featured Community Partner: Food Finders Food Bank & ACE Campus Pantry


Make a Difference Day

Date: October 27, 2018

Featured Community Partner: Wabash Riverkeeper (DeTrash the Wabash)


Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Date: January 21, 2019

Featured Community Partner: United Way of Greater Lafayette


Spring Blast

Date: April 6, 2019

Featured Community Partner: Local Neighborhood Associations


Volunteer and Service Opportunities

Join our Boiler Volunteer Network Listserv to receive weekly and monthly e-mail updates about volunteer opportunities and community action.

Visit United Way Get Connected to find current ongoing and one-time opportunities that are available in the local community.​


Campus Initiatives

Ace Campus Pantry

The ACE Campus Food Pantry makes food more readily available to members of the Purdue community who may be experiencing food insecurity on a consistent or inconsistent basis. All you need is your Purdue ID! (Students, Faculty, and Staff)

Address: Bottom Floor of the Baptist Student Foundation, 200 N. Russell St. West Lafayette, IN 47906

Hours: Tuesdays 2-6pm, Sundays 6-8pm


Purdue Votes

The PurdueVotes Coalition is a campus-wide initiative that includes members from important stakeholder groups that work together to increase student voting rates and help students form the habits of active and engaged citizenship.


Season of Sharing

Date: November 9 - December 10, 2018

Select a name from the tree and purchase holiday gifts for children and families in our community that are served by the local Salvation Army, Mental Health America and YWCA women’s shelter.


Project Move Out

Date: May 3 - May 7, 2019

Project Move Out benefits local community members as students donate items during move-out. Volunteers assist with unloading trucks and sorting donated items.

Contact: Vanessa Pacheco, vpacheco@purdue.edu or call 765-494-1926.


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.

Purdue Old Masters Program:​

Date: November 4-6, 2018

The Old Masters Program is a unique and well-established annual event at Purdue. It was created in 1950 when student leaders, business representatives and university officials defined success as "honesty, personal integrity, and a good philosophy." This sparked the idea to invite a group of 10 successful and outstanding individuals to campus for the purpose of sharing ideas and experiencews with the student body, thus comprising the first 10 Old Masters. They have since been followed by over 600 eminent personalities. 


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 26, 2019 (last Saturday in January)

Cost: $25 (covers lunch)

Chapter Senior Advisor: Roger Stewart - rcstewar@purdue.edu or 765-494-2307 


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.

When: Fall Semester

Contact: Jennifer Bannon - bannon0@purdue.edu or 765-494-8431  


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

Academic Courses

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​ 

Ag 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.