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Pima Leadership Institute

The Pima Leadership Institute offers students the opportunity to build and enhance their leadership skills as they prepare to become the next generation of leaders.  Participation in Pima Leadership Institute provides students with diverse perspectives, service learning experiences, and an opportunity to develop integrity and excellence in their pursuits as leaders.  PLI encompasses a variety of leadership programs and options to provide students with a personal leadership experience while at Pima Community College. 

Emerging Leaders Program highlights student success skills and helps participants identify their strengths and how they interact with others in academic courses, student organizations, and career development.  Participants will strengthen their individual leadership abilities.  This program is offered in free workshop format.  This is one of the requirements for students who are planning to transfer into the BlueChip leadership program at the University of Arizona (

Workshop Topics include: 

  • Time Management
  • Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Group Dynamics
  • Health & Wellness
  • Learning Styles
  • Goal Setting
  • Managing Change
  • Developing Strengths
  • Your Digital Identity  

J.A.D.E. Program is a retreat format focusing on (Justice, Advocacy, Dialog, & Empowerment) designed for students that already have a foundation of leadership skills. Students will spend three days and two nights at an off-campus location, typically a location in the Santa Catalina Mountains. The topics addressed during the 3-day retreat will include: social justice, power and privilege, empowering others, and taking action.  
To participate in JADE, students must submit an application online with interviews following.   
Aztec Gold Program is an advanced leadership program for students who have already developed foundational leadership skills. In Aztec Gold, students will learn the principles of leadership theory and apply it to social change projects.    

National Collegiate Leadership Conference

Pima Community College participates annually in the University of Arizona’s National Collegiate Leadership Conference.  This conference is a “student-run annual conference that serves as the cornerstone of the leadership experience and training for hundreds of college students across the nation. Each year, over 600 students from schools in over 20 states come to NCLC to learn about leadership. The philosophy of NCLC is that service, social justice, and leadership are all connected. Thus, the programming for this conference offers students a variety of opportunities to learn, understand, interact with, experience, participate in, engage in, and reflect on service, social justice, and leadership. The skills that students learn from this conference can be applicable in students' organizations, families, campuses, job settings, as well as local and global communities.” 

To sign up to attend this leadership conference, please contact your campus Student Life Center. 

Get Started!

Talk to your Student Life Coordinator to learn more about leadership opportunities through the Pima Leadership Institute.