Student Leadership

Leadership is one of the primary tenets of the Honors College experience. We urge every student to take advantage of many leadership opportunities. Make an impact on the community from your first to last semester on campus.

Honors Leadership Council


The Honors Leadership Council is an honors student-centered group consisting of an Executive Board which is made up of a member from each undergraduate disciplinary college at Purdue and a general council of Representatives from each of the other honors leadership groups or specific populations within the Honors College community. The HLC is a collaborative body of students who advise the Honors College Dean, represent the student interests of the college in community discussions, and set the direction for student leadership initiatives for the academic year.

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Programming Committees


The Honors College has five programming committees that work to plan events throughout the year for the entire Honors College student community. These committees are chaired by Honors Leadership Council members and meet weekly.

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Honors Mentors


Honors Mentors work alongside first-year Honors students enrolled in the eight-week course, HONR 19901: “The Evolution of Ideas.” Mentors lead small teams in their HONR 19901 coursework and guide these students through the challenges of the first semester: transitioning to college; learning to think in interdisciplinary ways; and learning how to work in project teams.

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Honors Mentor Council


The Mentor Council has two primary goals: to strengthen the Honors Mentor community and to promote leadership development within the Mentor Program. In this effort, council members have a great deal of personal agency, while also receiving guidance from the Mentor Council President and support from an appointed Honors faculty member. In the spring, Mentor Council members have the unique opportunity to coordinate the mentor hiring process and to help with selections. In the fall, they assist with mentor training events, and they develop additional programs, events, and/or strategies that support the Council goals.

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Honors Ambassadors


Honors Ambassadors are student leaders who are dedicated to serving and representing the Purdue Honors College. Ambassadors interact and engage with prospective students to gain critical leadership skills while also promoting the 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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Cultural Companions


Cultural Companions is a leadership program to support our incoming international student population while providing an opportunity for cultural discovery for first-year domestic students. The Honors College looks for first-year domestic students to apply to be a companion to a first-year international student. Taking concepts from the International Programs office, these companion pairs will meet one-on-one at least two times in the first academic semester and attend one of the two social “Mixers” put on by the Honors College. Through Cultural Companions students create meaningful friendships spanning across cultural barriers to come together as one community in the Honors College.

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