The Center for Student Excellence and Leadership
The vision for the Center for Student Excellence and Leadership (CSEL) was established as part of the Purdue University New Synergies strategic plan. Since September of 2009, a planning committee made up over 16 students and 6 administrators have met to bring the vision for the Center to reality. The 50,000 square feet Center will be constructed on Vawter Field at the corner of Jischke Drive and Third Street and will serve as a focal point of the proposed student success corridor. The Center will provide a transformative environment to support collaboration among student organizations and programs that inspire student development and leadership. The Center will also supply much-needed meeting and collaborative space for the hundreds of recognized student organizations charging no rental and/or user fees; however, the Center will serve as more than just a building with offices to house student organizations and activities, as our goal is to transform the entire student engagement experience by removing barriers to student collaboration and create innovative leadership engagement programs that will impact the entire student body.
Download the CSEL brochure (2.44 MB PDF)
First Floor – The Main Street
The first floor will serve as a “third place” for students, faculty, and staff – a public place between work and home where people have the opportunity to meet, relax, and interact. The Center will serve as a community building, open and inviting at all hours of the day. It will effectively bridge the main academic campus to residence halls, dining courts, fraternity and sorority houses, and the Recreational Sports Center. “The Main Street” will have an e-community area where students can plug in and also utilize a “First Stop” shop for students seeking assistance in their academic or co-curricular endeavors.
Second Floor – Student Organization Hub
The second floor will provide student organizations with space that can be used on a permanent or temporary basis depending upon the organizations need. The space will provide an opportunity through its open design to encourage collaboration and cooperation among student groups in community work areas.
Third Floor – Student Organization Support Services
The third floor will house a variety of student organization support functions such as Student Leadership Development (SLD), Boiler Volunteer Network (BVN), Student Activities and Organizations (SAO) and the Business Office for Student Organizations (BOSO). This floor will consolidate many student organization services into one area.
Fourth Floor – Academic Success Hallway
The fourth floor will house the Student Access, Transition, and Success (SATS) programs, such as Boiler Gold Rush (BGR), Learning Communities Development, Purdue Promise and Horizons, in addition to the Academic Success Center. This floor will bring together tutoring rooms and satellite locations of existing academic help centers. The space will serve as a “living laboratory” for learning, discovery, and engagement that will serve to catalyze interactions and relationships between faculty, staff, and students.
Groundbreaking for the Center for Student Excellence and Leadership was held Friday, April 27, 2012.