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Leadership Institute: Highlights

Leadership and Organizational Development

Students participate in 3, 2-credit hour leadership courses specifically designed around the 14 leadership modules of the CALS Leadership Institute. Through these modules, intentional focus is placed on developing the following leadershipcompetencies:


  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Team Development
  • Communication Skills
  • Ethical Practices
  • Systems Thinking


  • Leading Change
  • Program & Project Management
  • Community Building
  • Mentoring
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Intercultural Competence


Leadership InstituteSeveral personal leadership assessment tools are utilized in the courses to enhance personal understanding of leadership strengths and personality.

Mentoring Program

Each student in the CALS Leadership Institute is paired with a mentor to help guide the process of professional development and preparation for transition to a career or professional school. Mentors are Alumni or Friends of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Guest Speakers

Students have opportunities to meet other professionals in their field. CALS LI invites leaders in the community and industries of the agricultural and life sciences to share their experiences and advice with the CALS LI students.

Service Experiences

Throughout the program, various opportunities will be offered for CALS LI students to serve the Gainesville community, as well as others during the international component of the program.

International Service and Learning Experience

An important aspect of CALS LI is international leadership; a 10-day capstone international travel experience is a key component of the program. This experience helps students understand the global aspect of Agricultural and Life Sciences and allows them an opportunity to better understand other countries and cultures through personal experience.


CALS Leadership Institute

Students will engage in leadership modules, an international travel experience, and a mentoring relationship.