SPEA’s L.E.A.D. (Leadership, Engagement, Achievement, and Development) Program is a multifaceted program serving underrepresented and first generation college students. The program’s mission is to develop SPEA students from traditionally underrepresented groups into leaders who possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to work with diverse communities, institutions, and organizations to develop impactful, scalable, and sustainable solutions that solve complex problems.
30 percent of SPEA’s Spring 2017 undergraduate population were members of underrepresented communities. 16 percent of Spring 2017 students were 21st Century Scholars.
L.E.A.D. strategic priorities and goals
- Develop today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders
How: Through peer, staff, and faculty mentoring opportunities.
- Foster the importance of student engagement and growth
How: Through on- and off-campus student engagement opportunities that promote the health, wellness, and vitality of IUPUI’s surrounding communities.
- Provide students with the critical resources necessary to support academic achievement
How: Through the development of targeted interventions that are strategic, utilize existing tools and resources, and allow SPEA to take a proactive approach toward student success.
- Promote the importance of diversity and inclusion
How: Through the development and implementation of programs and activities that encourage students to utilize critical thinking skills, approach issues with an open mind, and engage in dialogue rather than debate.
Financial support for L.E.A.D. mentors and mentees
Participants in the L.E.A.D. program are awarded an academic scholarship and participate in a variety of campus and community-wide events designed for personal and professional development.
Join or support the L.E.A.D. initiative
Contact SPEA’s Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to learn more about the program, including how you can support the program financially or become a program mentor or mentee.