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The PCLI's First Meeting is a Success

Updated: Sep 21, 2021

By Jordan Gibberman

The program's logo (via

The Purchase College Leadership Institute (PCLI) had its first meeting of the academic year on Wednesday, Sept. 15, and had a turnout of 17 students with a variety of leadership experiences.

The meeting was held on Zoom and hosted by David Nielsen, Office of Community Engagement interim assistant director and PCLI coordinator.

The PCLI, which began last year, serves a purpose to guide students in building upon their leadership skills, which would help them during and after college. It’s a free, voluntary leadership development program open to students from all majors and backgrounds. All participants receive an Excellence in Leadership certificate at the end of the program, pending completion of all requirements.

“Last year, we felt that students were disconnected and couldn’t make friendships,” Nielsen said. “That changed because of this program.”

Fittingly, students got to introduce themselves and explain why they chose to participate in the program during the meeting. Afterward, they were given the rundown of the program's expectations and requirements. The program runs for two semesters per academic year, and all participants must attend every meeting, as well as complete a capstone project and exit interviews toward the program’s conclusion. Everyone is encouraged to interact and engage with faculty and staff leading the sessions.

“I want to increase my leadership skills and get more involved in the campus community,” said Nina Schatell, a junior in the theatre design and technology program with a concentration in stage management. “I think these workshops will open my eyes to other opportunities Purchase has to offer, and I’m excited to meet new people along the way!”

While the application deadline for the 2021-2022 academic year passed on Sept. 10, students who want to expand on their leadership skills through the program can apply for next year. To learn more, visit the PCLI’s page on the Purchase website.



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