President's Leadership Program Application 2021

Welcome! You have made it to the application for the President's Leadership Program (PLP) at Colorado State University! 

Before you begin filling out the application, we invite you to learn more about the President's Leadership Program at Colorado State University at our website: plp.colostate.edu.

The first part of the application allows you to describe who you are to us.

In the second part of the application, we'll share what our mission is and how we attempt to fulfill our mission. We would like to hear how you see yourself playing an active role towards helping us fulfill that mission.

Finally, we'll leave an opportunity for you to ask any questions about anything you might still be curious about. 

Overall this application serves as an opportunity to let us know your interest in learning more about the President's Leadership Program.

After reading through your application, we will contact you to set up a 30 minute phone conversation to see if you want to make PLP part of your life-long leadership journey.

If you have any problems or concerns with this application, please send an email to SLICE_PLP@mail.colostate.edu.

Each academic year, students apply to one of three different levels of the program. The levels are as followed: 

  1. A Call to Lead is the foundational course. In this course students will explore and deepen their understanding of self and community, and examine how individuals, groups and communities effect change.  
  2. Leadership Styles is the second level. It is designed for second and third year students who have an interest in the practical application of leadership in organizations, and how to apply leadership theory in practice. 
  3. Effective Leadership is the third level. It is designed for third year students and beyond who have an interest in applying their leadership in the future and impacting change in communities, organizations and society. 
All levels of PLP are meant to build upon one another. 

Incoming first-year students are only eligible to apply to the first course/level of the program, called A Call to Lead.

Current CSU students, and transfer students are eligible to apply to either the first, second or third levels/courses, depending on foundational knowledge, and skills already acquired throughout their educational journey.

You can read more about each course/level here. 

Given what you know thus far, what level/course are you applying for?
What year will you be at CSU in the 2020-2021 academic year?
Are you a Daniel's Fund or Boettcher Scholar Finalist/ or Recipient? 
First: Tell us who you are!
First Name
Middle Initial
Last Name
Preferred Name 
 Sometimes, college provides an opportunity to start anew. If you went by a nickname your whole life, but want to stick to your actual given name, that's cool. If you've been really wanting a nickname, this could be a great opportunity to make one up. We want to honor you in the best way we can.
Birthday (MM/DD/YYYY)
CSU Student ID #
 If you are an incoming CSU student, you must have already applied to CSU in order to get this magical number that may follow you until you walk across the stage at graduation and become a CSU Alum.... too soon to talk about graduating from college? Okay, we'll wait.
Race/Ethnicity
 Why are we asking for this information? We use it as a way to diversify our classes. It's our mission to ensure leadership education is relevant and accessible to all people that make up our society. If you don't feel comfortable sharing this information or want to challenge the notion altogether, that's completely okay. 
If you do feel comfortable sharing your racial/ethnic identity with us, feel free to describe it any way YOU want to describe it.
Gender
 Why are we asking for this information? We use it as a way to diversify our classes. It's our mission to ensure leadership education is relevant and accessible to all people that make up our society. If you don't feel comfortable sharing this information or want to challenge the notion altogether, that's completely okay. 
If you do feel comfortable sharing your gender identity with us, feel free to describe it any way YOU want to describe it. 

First Generation 
 Do you identify as first-generation student? (At CSU, a first-generation student is one whose parents have not completed a bachelor's degree).

High School
 Why are we asking for this information? When you accept your spot in PLP and CSU, we want to be able to share that information with your high school community. Looking forward to celebrating!
Community College or Previous Institution
 Why are we asking for this information? When you accept your spot in PLP and CSU, we want to be able to share that information with your respective communities. (If you give us permission, that is!)
Phone Number
 This is the number we'll be calling to set up that conversation with you once we read through this application. Please share a current phone number that you will check and use. 
As a reminder of phone etiquette... don't forget to set up that voicemail message with something that won't embarrass you later.
Hometown
 Share what city and state you're coming from. We won't be mailing you anything, but we do like to know who's representing their neighborhood.
Email address
 We will use this as our main form of communication. Please provide the email you plan on checking regularly for an updates from us. And PLEASE check this email regularly!
Major
 Our program is interdisciplinary in nature. We want you to bring what you're learning from your major courses into our classes. We're intrigued to find out what you are thinking your major would be or what your chosen major already is.
Anything else you think is super important about you in terms of who you are or who you want to be on this next step of your journey?

 Use N/A if you feel like there isn't anything else to add here.
Reference Information: 
 We may contact your reference to get a better idea of your capabilities in the classroom, so please pick someone who can speak to your involvement in classroom discussions, experience bringing in others into a discussion and other great qualities about you inside and outside the classroom! Please know this is not limited to just teachers or professors, you can include an advisor, mentor..etc. 


Reference Name
Reference Title
Reference Company/School
Reference Relationship
Reference Phone Number
These next few questions provide an opportunity for you to share why you feel called to participate in extensive leadership classes that are limited to a certain number of students every year.
The President's Leadership Program (PLP) aims to develop civic leaders who engage in inclusive, ethical leadership and embody humanitarian characteristics, such as optimism, service to others, passion, mindfulness, and fairness.

In addition, we believe that everyone has a responsibility to make the world a better place. Because of this, PLP has a strong focus on social justice and leadership, which we believe are intertwined to make a more equitable and just world.  

With this in mind, please tell us about yourself, what draws you to want to pursue learning in this space, and participate in a program like this? (500 words maximum)

In the PLP classes, we introduce different frameworks to view leadership, challenge how we understand (and define) leadership, and critically examine and reflect on one’s own identities, as well as on local, regional, national and global issues as it relates to larger concepts discussed in class.

It is an expectation that students who accept their position within PLP commit to establishing a community that fosters learning, understanding, and reflection.

Can you please tell us about a social issue you are passionate about and why, and how you hope to apply what you learn in PLP to the issue you chose. (500 words maximum)

After checking our website (plp.colostate.edu) and learning a little more about PLP, what are you still curious about, have questions on, or want to learn more of? 

Thank you for taking the time to complete this application! We are very excited about your interest in the President's Leadership Program. 

Don't forget to click next and submit on the next page!

We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis and reviewing them at three major points during the Spring Semester.

The next group of applications will be reviewed beginning March 15th. We will contact you within 2 weeks of the review date, to set up a phone conversation where we can further get to know each other and talk more about your interest in PLP. 


If you have questions, feel free to contact SLICE_PLP@colostate.edu.