​Opened in 1997, the CMU Leadership Institute gives students an opportunity to develop their leadership qualities. The CMU Leadership Institute functions as the coordinating body for the university's present and future leadership-related activities and programming. Students enrolled in the institute's inaugural leadership programs will become ambassadors for new initiatives that will serve a growing network of Michigan's grade school and high school students and educators as well as public and private working professionals.

The Leadership Institute is committed to providing students and members of the community with opportunities to continually enhance their leadership skills. The vision of the Leadership Institute is to become the premier institution in providing leadership training, education, and development to the citizens of Michigan.

The Leadership Institute creates opportunities for all CMU students to:

  • Gain a working knowledge of leadership theory and its application
  • Develop an understanding of the intersections of their identities and how they relate to others
  • Develop healthy relationships, manage conflict, appreciate diversity, and demonstrate care for others
  • Understand their responsibility as a citizen and value integrity 

The CMU Leadership Institute has two campus locations in the heart of the CMU campus.  The Leadership Institute's program office operates in the Bovee University Center, Suite 201.  Academic Leadership Institute programs are located at the center of campus in Powers Hall Suite 100.