Leadership and Professional Development Initiative

Purdue has an international reputation for producing talented graduates across various disciplines. 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 strengths-based and competency-based approach, from stakeholder feedback, to develop a framework that leverages curricular and co-curricular experiences.

Vision

“What do students need to know, believe, be able to do, and engage in to be effective leaders in college, in their careers, and in society?” (Seemiller, 2014, p. xv)

  • Develop a Purdue specific leadership development model, focused on ALL undergraduate students, that is intentional and evidence based
  • Increase Gallup-Purdue Index Well-Being factors of purpose, social, financial, and community
  • Utilize “T-Shaped” competencies approach so graduates are able to handle information from multiple sources, advance professional relationships across different organizations, contribute innovatively to organizational practices, and communicate with understanding across social, cultural, economic, and scientific disciplines
  • Integrate academic experience with co-curricular experiences and on-campus employment opportunities Remobilize existing expertise (faculty/staff) and resources
  • Assess model for real-time relevance and adapt to current needs based on employer and alumni feedback

*Seemiller, C. (2014). The student leadership competencies guidebook: Designing intentional leadership learning and development. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

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