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The Leadership & Professional Development Initiative (LPDI) is a campus-wide framework for intentionally developing students' leadership and professional development knowledge and skills. Purdue has an international reputation for producing talented graduates across various disciplines. The 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 competency-based approach, based on stakeholder feedback, to develop a framework that leverages curricular and co-curricular experiences. As a part of this initiative, the Roger C. Stewart Leadership Experience at Purdue (LEAP) offers all incoming undergraduate students an opportunity to take myStrengths, Gallup's CliftonStrengths for Students® tool that teaches individuals to focus and expand upon their talents and strengths. 

Civic Engagement & Leadership Development (CELD) focuses on direct student engagement and provides transformative on-campus and community-based experiences for students to develop their leadership and civic identities in order to prepare them to facilitate positive change in local, national and global communities. This is done by connecting the university and community as partners to explore the critical issues facing leaders today through engaged curricular and co-curricular leadership learning opportunities and promoting the practice of active citizenship.

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