Panther Leadership Academy


The Panther Leadership Academy (formerly known as Emerging Leaders and Leadership in Action) is a 20-week leadership development program that helps students discover and develop their personal capacity to lead effectively and inclusively. The foundation of the Panther Leadership Academy is based on the Social Change Model of Leadership which highlights on 8 key principles:

  • Consciousness of self
  • Congruence
  • Commitment
  • Collaboration
  • Common Purpose
  • Controversy with Civility
  • Citizenship
  • Change

In the Panther Leadership Academy, we use a hands-on approach combined with large and small group discussions, team building activities, community engagement, and role playing. Topics we discuss in the Panther Leadership Academy include:

  • Leadership philosophies
  • The cycle of socialization
  • The cycle of liberation
  • Communication styles
  • Social identities
  • Social power
  • Group dynamics
  • Values
  • Social media use
  • Resume building
  • Confronting biases
  • Community engagement

Panther Leadership Academy Schedule & Registration

The Panther Leadership Academy is a total of 20 weeks, but split into two 10-week semesters, Section 01 (typically completed in the Fall semester) and Section 02 (typically completed in the Spring semester). To graduate the Panther Leadership Academy, a student must complete both Section 01 AND Section 02. For Section 01 and Section 02 the Panther Leadership Academy, offers its 10-week sessions once per week for two hours in a cohort style that allows you to build relationships and grow with a small group of 10-20 peers throughout the duration of the semester. Panther Leadership Academy section availability is below.

Spring 2022 Panther Leadership Academy Section Days & Times:

*All Sections begin the week of January 24, 2022 and end the week of April 4, 2022.

*Note that all sections have a capacity limit and once it is reached, you will have the option of joining a waitlist.

*Sections will depend on enrollment.  If a minimum enrollment is not met, sections may be canceled or combined.  Any changes will be announced.

Section 01:
Tuesdays from 6 – 8 p.m.
Thursdays from 6 – 8 p.m.

Section 02 (must have completed Section 01 to register for Section 02):

Wednesdays from 6 – 8 p.m.

Thursdays from 6 – 8 p.m.

Spring 2022 Panther Leadership Academy Registration Forms:

To register for the Panther Leadership Academy for the Spring 2022 semester, please complete the appropriate registration form:

Section 01 Registration Form – Spring 2022

Section 02 Registration Form – Spring 2022

What will I receive after completing the Panther Leadership Academy?

  • A Certificate of completion from the Office of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development
  • CCLD, Pitt, and/or Panther Leadership Academy merchandise
  • Outside the Curriculum (OCC) credit toward the Leadership Development Goal
  • Ability to continue taking various classes at Pitt to attain Certification of Leadership through the College of General Studies
  • Ability to apply to be a Peer Facilitator for the Panther Leadership Academy

Peer Facilitator and Staff Facilitator Application

Applications for Peer and Staff facilitators are announced during the months of April/May and November/December. Contact Sarah Popovich at for questions or more information.