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Leadership and Excellence by Tuskegee University Students (LET US)

Tuskegee University is excited to continue its support and development of the next generation of leaders through the Leadership and Excellence by Tuskegee University Students (LET US) Academy with support from Corteva Agriscience. An increasing number of jobs require well-trained individuals with a background in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) in addition to non-STEM fields. Increasingly, employers are concerned about the lack of “soft skills” or employability skills for individuals in STEM and others areas. The LET US Academy will provide students with skills that enable them to create stakeholder momentum, share and sell ideas, function in teams, develop business acumen, develop leadership skills and navigate across a complex matrix of global organizations that bring value to the workplace.                                                                                                     

The LET US Academy introduces new and transfer college students to self-knowledge and interpersonal awareness to facilitate and empower the potential of individuals through enhanced understanding of factors such as Goal Setting and Goal Achievement, Communicating Effectively with Others, Developing Habits for Excellence, Building on Strengths and Purpose, Managing Priorities and Stress, and Achieving Excellence with Integrity, all hallmarks of great leaders.


COURSES In addition to gaining skills development in University Orientation (OREN 100), students will also have the opportunity to take part in interactive softs skills development training as a part of other new student courses within their disciplines.

WEDNESDAY WORKSHOPS: These sessions provide an opportunity for students to engage with their peers outside of a classroom setting, but with a focus on the skills highlighted by the program.  With the help of individual with employability skills expertise, the LET US Academy Wednesday events support participants in developing competencies that are at the core of excellence, integrity, and professionalism. Throughout the program, participants will be introduced to and allowed to demonstrate their understanding of essential character traits of leadership.

LET US ACADEMY LIFE SERIES: The LET US Academy “Life Series” component further underscores the impact of having Essential Employability skills through the delivery of powerful presentations by individuals from the workforce who have demonstrated the positive impact of practicing employability skills on their professional trajectory as they encourage and motivate participants. The speaker series extends beyond the target students of LET US Academy (new freshmen and transfer students) to also include  students of all majors and classifications.

BlOCK-CHAIN: Block-chain is a system of recording information in a way that makes it difficult or impossible to change, hack or cheat the system. A block-chain is a digital ledger of transactions that is duplicated and distributed across an entire network of computer systems on the block-chain. Block-chain Technology can be used in multiple areas. Areas include Securities, Record Keeping, Digital Currency and Smart Contracts.

LET US  BITCOIN: Bitcoin is an advanced cash which works liberated from any central control or the oversight of banks or governments. Rather it depends on shared programming and cryptography. A public record records all bitcoin exchanges and duplicates are held on severs all throughout the world. Bitcoin is a type of money that is completely virtual, which is also known as digital currency. Other than mining bitcoin, which requires specialized aptitude and an interest in superior PCs, a great many people buy bitcoins as a type of money theory, wagering that the U.S. dollar worth of one bitcoin will be higher in the future than it is today.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROJECT: Following the completion of these courses, students can complete an experiential learning project to apply the skills learned as a part of the LET US Academy. 


Upon completion of all courses and experiences, the Leadership and Excellence by Tuskegee University Students experience will be reflected on students’ transcripts.  Additionally, students will be invited to a LET US Academy ceremony where paper certificates will be provided. If students are unable to attend the ceremony, the certificate will be mailed to them.  LET US Academy scholars will be eligible to apply for a scholarship of up to $1,000 upon completion of the program.


This program is open to all incoming Freshmen and transfer students at Tuskegee University.


Interested persons may complete the LET US Academy application.  Applications are being accepted and selections will begin immediately for the 2021-2022 academic year.


Dr. Olga Bolden-Tiller, oboldentiller@tuskegee.edu, 334-727-8403 or Walter P. Cooper Sr. Program Coordinator, wcooper1@tuskegee.edu, 334-727-8146.

Tuskegee University values partnerships. Thank you to   for partnering with Tuskegee University to provide support for this unique experience to future leaders from across the country. We would also like to thank The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University for providing training for this program. Read more about partnering with Tuskegee University here.