Purchase College Leadership Institute
Join a cohort of students who desire to become leaders on campus and in life by joining the Purchase College Leadership Institute (PCLI).
What is the PCLI?
The vision for the PCLI is rooted in the idea that the existence of a long-term, fully voluntary leadership development program provides students with an opportunity to sharpen their leadership skills and abilities, to enhance not only their Purchase College experience but also their life post-Purchase. It is an open, full access group that any student can participate in. Upon completion of all PCLI program requirements (over the course of two semesters) students would receive an Excellence in Leadership certificate.
When does the PCLI Meet?
PCLI sessions are held on Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00pm (ET). While the group may not meet every Wednesday of the semester, we encourage students to participate only if their schedule is open on Wednesdays from 12:00pm-1:00pm. A detailed schedule of the semester requirements will be provided to students at the start of each semester.
Who Can Join?
Anyone! All students are welcome to apply for participation in the PCLI. However, the program takes two semesters to complete so students should plan their involvement according to their anticipated graduation date.
Why Consider Participating?
Not only is this a great opportunity to sharpen your leadership skills and abilities, but you will also have the opportunity to make close connections with faculty and staff on campus. The program is also free of charge for participants and is a great way to make your resume stand out for your post-graduate job-search. Here is what some former PCLI participants had to say about the program:
“The PCLI is a memorable part of my college experience, and I’m glad I got to be a part of something
inspiring and rewarding” -Laila, Class of 2022
“These past 2 semesters in the PCLI I felt that I have grown as both a student and a leader and I’m
looking forward to using the skills I have developed in my future endeavors.” -Kaya, Class of 2024
“All of the sessions were very inspirational and have taught various tricks and methods on how to be a more effective leader.” -Chanelle, Class of 2024
What is Required?
The PCLI requirements are completed over the course of two semesters. Each semester has a set of requirements that participants must complete before continuing to the next stage of the program. Each semester of the program includes brief lectures from faculty and staff related to their area of expertise in connection with leadership development.
Fall Semester Requirements:
- Introduction to the PCLI & Student Leadership at Purchase
- Environmental Leadership
- Identifying Your Leadership Style
- Understanding “Followership”
- Public Speaking 101
- Leading Through Written Composition
- Mission, Vision, Values Seminar
- Semester 1 Reflection
(sessions are subject to change)
Spring Semester Requirements:
- Welcome Back Session
- Servant Leadership
- Grit Seminar
- Inspiring Hope
- Leadership in Diversity and Equity
- Problem Solving and Setting Goals
- Leading with a Global Mindset
- Completion of PCLI capstone experience/project
- Exit interview with PCLI Coordinator
- Excellence in Innovative Leadership Certificate conferment and ceremony
Please email David Nielsen at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the PCLI.