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Steps to Leaps Announces Everyday Applications Series

Purdue’s Steps to Leaps Steering Committee invites faculty and staff to participate in sessions designed to foster the application of Steps to Leaps pillars in academic and social programs.

The Steps to Leaps Everyday Applications series will offer guidance and opportunities to discuss best practices in integrating Steps to Leaps pillars into programs, classrooms and more. The program will consult participants on ways to align program outcomes and incorporate Steps to Leaps language into new and already existing engagement opportunities.

Participants will also be able to share their own success stories, ask questions, and connect with colleagues and Steps to Leaps resources. This new series is designed to educate participants and review programs, courses and activities that already incorporate Steps to Leaps pillars.

“We encourage faculty, staff and teams to bring their programs, courses or projects to this working meeting time,” said Katie Dufault, director of Purdue Academic Success Center. “We will be available to answer questions about Steps to Leaps pillars, help draw connections to the great work they are already doing and share resources related to the pillars that may assist their efforts. This could be a great opportunity for instructors revising a seminar course.”

Steps to Leaps is a collaborative, campus-wide effort to foster lifelong habits and promote a growth mindset in five pillars – leadership and professional development, well-being, impact, network building and grit. Steps to Leaps was created by students and staff under the care and direction of the Office of the Provost and is aligned with long-term University goals under the Provost Road Map for Transformative Undergraduate Education.

Weekly Zoom consultations will be hosted by the Steps to Leaps Steering Committee the rest of the spring semester. The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Feb. 11 – 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 16 – 11 a.m.
Monday, Feb. 22 – 1 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 4 – 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 10 – 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Mar. 16 – 9 a.m.
Monday, Mar. 22 – 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Mar. 30 – 10 a.m.

Monday, April 5 – 11 a.m.
Wednesday, April 14 – 10 a.m.
Wednesday, April 21 – 1 p.m.

Faculty and staff interested in attending are asked to RSVP. Zoom links will be sent via email to those who RSVP. The discussions can also be accessed from the event listings on the Steps to Leaps calendar.

Individuals with questions should contact Dr. Zenephia Evans, associate dean of students, education and advocacy, via email.