Albert C. Yates Leadership Development Institute (LDI) aims to develop a 21st century generation of African and African American leaders.  Upon selection into the program, students are immersed in a dynamic, engaging sophomore experience that helps define and explore what it means to be a leader in society today.  These emerging leaders learn how to become their own best advocate for success on campus and beyond.  Empowering African and African American students to understand what type of leader they are, and put it into practice in a meaningful decision-making opportunity, benefits our entire community.  Thus the goal of the LDI sophomore year program is to ensure that these new leaders are prepared to lead and confidently face the realities of economic, social, political, and cultural life upon graduation.

“When I look into the future, it's so bright it burns my eyes."  - Oprah Winfrey