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Donald V. Adams Leadership Institute

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In congruence with Drake’s educational mission, the Donald V. Adams Leadership Institute seeks to empower students toward responsible and meaningful leadership by facilitating opportunities for intentional learning, skill development, and self-reflection.

The Donald V. Adams Leadership Institute (ALI) is a leadership development program offered to undergraduate students at Drake University. Incoming students who apply and are admitted to the Institute gain exclusive access to personalized leadership training, co-curricular skill development, and career preparation that enhance their personal, academic, and professional lives.

All students admitted to the Adams Leadership Institute complete a three-part leadership training series, designed to equip them with self-awareness, collaboration, and perspective-taking skills that are immediately applicable to their personal relationships, academic coursework, campus activities, and most importantly, their professional network. In addition, participants engage in a variety of annual leadership events and activities offered exclusively to students in the Institute.

Who is eligble?

This co-curricular leadership opportunity is available to students from all academic disciplines and majors at no additional cost thanks to the generous support of Drake alumni and friends of Dr. Donald V. Adams, Professor Emeritus.

Want to learn more?

For more information contact Kristin Economos, Senior Director of the Adams Leadership Institute, at

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