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Leadership Opportunities

Leadership development is one of the pillars of an Honors College education, and the best way to develop leadership skills is though application and reflection. We offer an array of meaningful leadership roles within the college, which allow our students to pursue various commitments and exercise numerous skill sets. Through all of the roles below, students have the chance to work with dedicated staff and faculty and to collaborate with exceptional peers. We urge every student to take advantage of these opportunities, both to empower themselves as leaders and to make a significant impact on their community.

Global House Leaders

Global House Leaders work in pairs with a group of about 10-15 students. They foster meaningful interactions between domestic and international students through bi-weekly events for their groups (dinners, movie night, etc.). They also collaborate with other Global House families to host an all-Global House event every semester. They receive training in intercultural interactions and opportunities to develop their intercultural skills in a practical setting. The Global House Council consists of four to five upper division students who help to create and articulate the overall direction of Global House, regularly review Global House activities, vision and organization, generate ideas for all-Global House events and work closely with Global House Leaders to help them develop activities.

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Honors Ambassadors

Honors Ambassadors are student leaders who are dedicated to serving and representing the John Martinson Honors College. Ambassadors interact and engage with prospective students to gain critical leadership skills while also promoting the John Martinson Honors College and its opportunities. They provide insight about the college as part of recruitment, high-school visits, campus tours, special events, community service projects, speaking engagements and more.

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Honors Leadership Council

The Honors Leadership Council’s goal is to ensure all JMHC students feel a strong sense of belonging and forge meaningful connections to each other throughout their honors experience. This peer-to-peer student council features student representatives for each academic college at Purdue. Members of the council ideate and bring to life unique events for honors students, such as field-specific networking to meet other students in one’s academic college, professional development support sessions, unstructured activities such as crafting nights, study tables, and even social gatherings for JMHC students across campus.

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Honors Mentor Program

The Mentor Program is a highly competitive, credit-bearing opportunity, through which John Martinson Honors College students can hone their teambuilding and leadership skills while also cultivating these skills in others. Working closely with John Martinson Honors College faculty, mentors lead small teams of first-year students in HONR 19901: Evolution of Ideas. In this role, mentors guide students through project-based coursework, helping them develop the academic and teamwork skills they need to become successful Honors College students. This context provides mentors a unique leadership laboratory, in which they can observe how teams function and discover best practices for teambuilding, inclusion and problem solving. Mentors are also provided a structured environment in HONR 299: Mentors, where they engage in personal reflection and guided discussions to ensure they get the most out of their leadership experience.

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HonorServes Committee

We value serving in the Greater Lafayette community as this is transformational not only to the organizations we partner with but also for each of us as we interact with the people and issues these experiences bring us into contact with. The HonorServes Committee organizes opportunities for us to serve together in places like Food Finders Food Bank, the YWCA of Greater Lafayette, and NICHES Land Trust.

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Intercultural Ambassadors

Intercultural Ambassadors (ICAs) assist with promoting Honors College study away programs, reaching out to historically underrepresented students about study away opportunities, preparing pre-departure materials for study away programs, and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in international education and global programming in the HC.

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Research Accelerator Mentors

Research Accelerator mentors serve first-year students enrolled in the Research Accelerator learning community. They assist with empowering students to think like a researcher and coaching students on how to identify and engage in research opportunities at Purdue.

Student Diversity Officers


A team of John Martinson Honors College students whose goal is to advocate for the representation and inclusion of minority and vulnerable population groups in the college. They host networking events as well as workshops that will equip us to have meaningful and effective conversations about race, bias, equality, and social justice.

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Other Campus Leadership Opportunities

For additional leadership opportunities on campus, be sure to click the link below. Also, keep in mind that the Leadership Praxis credential program allows students to earn course credit for their extracurricular leadership roles, while also preparing them for success and helping them deepen their leadership learning.

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