Panther Leadership Academy

The Panther Leadership Academy is a 20-week leadership development program for Pitt undergraduate students that helps students discover and develop their personal capacity to lead effectively and inclusively.

Our Foundation

The foundation of the Panther Leadership Academy is based on the Social Change Model of Leadership which highlights 8 key principles: Consciousness of self, Congruence, Commitment, Collaboration, Common Purpose, Controversy with Civility, Citizenship, and 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.

Discussion Topics

Panther Leadership Academy Discussion Topics Include: Leadership philosophies, the cycle of socialization, the cycle of liberation, communication styles, social identities, social power, group dynamics, values, social media use, career connections, confronting biases, and community engagement.

Panther Leadership Academy Schedule & Registration 

The Panther Leadership Academy is a total of 20 weeks, but is 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 from the Panther Leadership Academy, a student must complete both Section 01 AND Section 02. 

For Section 01 and Section 02 the Panther Leadership Academy, we offer 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. 

Fall 2024 Panther Leadership Academy Days & Times

Registration is now open for the Fall 2024 semester! The following session times are being offered for the Fall 2024 semester. Capacity is limited and so students are encouraged to register early.

Section 01 Registration 

Choose One:

10 Sessions starting September 10, 2024 – meets weekly every TUESDAY from 6 - 8 p.m.
10 Sessions starting September 11, 2024 – meets weekly every WEDNESDAY from 6 - 8 p.m.
10 Sessions starting September 12, 2024 – meets weekly every THURSDAY from 6 - 8 p.m.

Register for Section 01 – Fall 2024

Section 02 Registration 

(Note: students should only register for Section 02 after they have completed Section 01) 

Fall 2024 PLA Section 02 will meet weekly on WEDNESDAYS from 6 - 8 p.m. – 10 Sessions starting September 11, 2024

Register for Section 02 – Fall 2024

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 Classroom 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 
Facilitator Applications

Applications for facilitators for the Fall 2024 semester are now open.

For undergraduates who have completed both sections of PLA:

Peer Facilitator Application

For staff and graduate students:

Staff and Graduate Student Facilitator Application