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 2023 Panther Leadership Academy Section Days & Times:

*All Sections begin the week of January 23, 2023 and end the week of April 3, 2023.


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


*Please be advised that 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.

Wednesdays 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 2023 Panther Leadership Academy Registration Forms:

Section 01


Section 02

For any questions about the program please contact Bella Esposito at

What will I receive after completing the Panther Leadership Academy?

  • A Certificate of completion from Leadership Development
  • 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 Staff and Graduate Student Facilitators and for Peer Facilitators will be due on November 30th. Please contact Bella Esposito at for questions or more information.