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The Leadership for Social Change Learning Community is a yearlong experience, which focuses on leadership that positively impacts the world. The learning community will provide you an opportunity to identify individual values, strengths, and abilities as it relates to the change process. During the first semester, you will learn about the Seven C’s of the Social Change Model of Leadership Development and different approaches to change. In the second semester, we will explore the nine learning tasks of leadership and identify ways in which to practice them as part of the leadership process. You will live and learn together with other students through coursework, community service, and other engaging opportunities outside of the classroom.

The goal of the learning community is for you to understand social change and how it has been applied in various situations. Additionally, you will understand the effectiveness of diversity in a group or organization and recognize ways to influence change.

Upon completion of the Leadership for Social Change Learning Community, you will qualify for the Emily Mauzy Vogel Sophomore Leadership Development Retreat and other on-campus and off-campus opportunities. This learning community is supported by the Roger C. Stewart Leadership and Professional Development Department.


  • First-time beginning students admitted to any college/school/major

Residential Component

  • Optional. The location of learning community housing will be determined based on the incoming size and needs of the learning community. 
  • A signed housing contract is required to apply to this learning community. Once a housing contract is completed, you will indicate your learning community housing preference within the learning community application. Applications received by the priority deadline will be considered first. 
  • If you want to be placed with a preferred roommate and be admitted to a learning community with an optional residential component, both you and your roommate must apply (and be admitted) to a learning community with an optional residential component. Students admitted to learning communities with a required residential component cannot be paired with students admitted to learning communities with an optional residential component.
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  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying to a learning community. If you have questions about housing, contact University Residences ( at


Full Academic Year

* You may apply to become a peer mentor or TA after your first year as a member of the learning community

Associated Courses and Information


EDPS 30000 - Student Leadership Development


EDPS 30000 - Student Leadership Development


Every fee eligible student involved with a learning community (LC) at Purdue will be assessed the $200 LC fee to their university account.  These funds support activities and travel, signature LC events, housing assignments and/or course registration and instructor stipends.

Events and Activities Included:

  • Learning from your fellow Boilermakers at Chew on Change
  • Volunteering together at Community Action Days
  • Social Change movie nights
  • Meals with campus and community leaders

Socials (in partnership with BoilerServes Learning Community)

  • Corn Maze at Exploration Acres
  • Howl Night at Wolf Park


Information above is subject to change. If you are placed in the LC, the associated courses will be on your schedule prior to you registering for the rest of your courses.

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