Texas Tech University

Matador Institute of Leadership Engagement (MILE) Program

Matador Institute of Leadership Engagement (MILE) Program

The Matador Institute of Leadership Engagement (MILE) is a program for undergraduate students in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources that seeks to develop participants' personal and professional skills while exposing them to the key issues affecting local, state, and national agriculture and policy. The program is designed to provide participants with a competitive edge when seeking career opportunities after graduation.

Each MILE cohort will take place over three semesters and include 14 selected students representing the six CASNR academic departments. Interested students will be required to complete a competitive application process in order to be considered for acceptance into this elite program.

MILE participants will enroll in three academic courses focused on the personal, service, and community aspects of leadership. Students will also complete a professional internship. The MILE experience will include both on- and off-campus workshops and tours on the plains of Texas as well as travel to Austin and Washington, D.C. to meet with government representatives about agriculture and public policy. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a leadership certificate to accompany their professional portfolio.



Dr. Cindy Akers
Associate Dean for Academic
& Student Programs
108C Goddard
(806) 742-2808

Dr. Lindsay Kennedy
MILE Program Director
(806) 742-2816