Meet the Student Team

Meet the Students who Created Steps to Leaps

The Steps to Leaps student team is comprised of four student interns from various disciplines across campus. This group created the inaugural Steps to Leaps learning modules to help their fellow students build lifelong habits leading to fortitude and success.



Ethan Elijah Carter

“My dream is that you graduate with the ability to accomplish whatever you want in this world and Steps to Leaps gives you the tools."

Ethan Carter is a senior from Aurora, Colorado, majoring in computer science. Ethan handles recruitment for Purdue Musical Organization’s Heart and Soul vocal ensemble. He also conducts The Purdue Express, a group that presents a stage performance to high school students highlighting Purdue’s history, academic majors, campus life and cultural and artistic diversity. Currently, Ethan is president of Acacia Fraternity and a receptionist at Bailey Hall.


Yvonne Chen

I have had a really good time working with campus leaders in student development. It’s always inspiring when great ideas from different perspectives collide and merg e into even better ideas, especially when these ideas will help every Boilermaker become successful in their own way.  

Yvonne Chen is a senior from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, majoring in biomedical engineering. Yvonne worked as outreach director for Timmy Global Health, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit that expands access to healthcare and empowers students to tackle today’s most pressing global health challenges. Yvonne was involved in Boiler Gold Rush International and UR Global. Currently, she is the director of professional development for Alpha Eta Mu Beta, National Biomedical Engineering Honor Society, a tutor for the Women in Engineering Program (WIEP) and a coxswain for Purdue Crew.


Skylar Clingan

"I am a first-generation college student, so Purdue has been a learning experience for me every step of the way. By working on the Steps to Leaps project, I hope to provide developmental resources for all Purdue students."  

Skylar Clingan is a senior from Angola, Indiana, with dual majors in animal sciences and agricultural education and a minor in political science. Skyler is an Ambassador for the College of Agriculture and serves on the Student Life Advisory Board for Dr. Beth McCuskey, Vice Provost for Student Life. He has served as the President of the Purdue Cooperative Council as a member of Marwood Cooperative. Skylar is also a Peer Consultant for the Center for Career Opportunities.


Anna Riley

“I have proudly used almost every resource on campus. I’ve changed my major… a few times. At Purdue I’ve had my highest high and my lowest low. I want Steps to Leaps to give students the courage to make the most of their college experience, so they can leave feeling ever grateful and ever true.”  

Anna Riley is a junior from Lafayette, Indiana, majoring in communication. Anna is on the Student Life Advisory Board for Dr. Beth McCuskey, Vice Provost for Student Life. She is a staff member of the Boiler Awakening retreat at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center and active in the SKY meditation organization at Purdue. She is a resident assistant at McCutcheon Hall. We have Anna to thank as the student who gave Steps to Leaps its name!