The President’s Leadership Academy (PLA) provides a professional learning experience for action-oriented students who have demonstrated a desire and commitment to improving their community and leading with integrity.
About the Academy
PLA is a selective learning experience for up to 20 of Southeast’s most outstanding upper-level student leaders.
Participants have the opportunity to use their leadership skills to make a difference within their campus community. The PLA class will learn about campus priorities and objectives for the academic year to pitch a detailed proposal for the Southeast Success Project. This group project allows student leaders to work as a team to achieve a meaningful and sustainable influence on these goals.
Furthermore, as the top tier of the Southeast Leadership programs, select University faculty/staff and community leaders are brought in to deliver leadership content and lessons learned from their leadership journeys.
President's Leadership Academy (PLA) is a non-credit-bearing leadership program that takes place on Wednesdays from 5:00pm - 7:00pm during the Fall semester.
To participate in the program, students must submit their PLA Application (to be linked here) in April and will be notified by the end of the Spring semester whether they have been selected to be in PLA for the Fall semester. To be considered for PLA, students must meet the following criteria at the time of application:
- Be an undergraduate SEMO student in at least their second year of college (preference given to students with at least 2 semesters left to complete their undergraduate degree);
- Be an active leader in at least one student organization, team, or community group;
- Be in good judicial standing; and
- Have a cumulative 2.75 GPA or higher.
As the top tier of the Southeast Leadership Programs, the President’s Leadership Academy (PLA) offers a selective learning experience for up to 20 of Southeast’s most outstanding upper-level student leaders.
PLA participants will:
- network with and learn from other student leaders as well as University and community leaders.
- analyze various leadership material, reflect on their experiences, and share their thoughts and perspectives.
- learn how to apply leadership competencies to improve their competitiveness for employment as early career professionals.
- become responsible leaders within their respective university communities and beyond.
- put their leadership skills into action by working together on a Southeast Success Project, aimed at enhancing the student experience at Southeast, and pitching their detailed proposal to University leaders, including the University President.
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