I recently graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering. Apart from my academics, I also had the opportunity to participate in several leadership positions on campus and work with some of Purdue's best student leaders and staff.
Through one of these leadership experiences, I had the pleasure of being mentored by Roger Stewart, a 30-year old retired professional at Proctor & Gamble Co. and now a student affairs specialist working with student organizations at Purdue.
Recently, Roger helped kickstart the Leadership and Professional Development Initiative (LDPI) and Leadership Experience at Purdue (LEAP). These initiatives are trying to create an approach to the college experience for students by making co-curricular involvement an integral part of the experience. Here are some ways through which Roger and his team are helping in defining this experience:
- Partnering with Gallup to provide free access to the Clifton StrengthsFinder® assessment and Strengths resources in order to help students realize their strengths and create a roadmap for leadership and professional development for their time at Purdue, based on these strengths.
- Use the strengths to develop a Purdue-specific leadership development model driven by collected student data.
- Work with alumni and employers to obtain feedback on relevancy to current needs, and tailor the model to meet those needs.
Roger and his team are currently working on mapping competencies on leadership and professional development to campus activities including student organization involvement, academics and employment opportunities by establishing a database of these experiences and connected competencies.
Through this initiative, Roger and his team are evolving the campus experience to shift the dynamic from a predominantly academic focus to also include leadership and professional development.
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