Texas Tech University

Tech Leadership Institute

What is TLI?

The Tech Leadership Institute (TLI) is a 8-week program designed to help new students (first-year and transfer) develop their personal and professional skills so they can be more successful both in and out of the classroom and have a positive impact on the Texas Tech community.

Students admitted into the TLI program will meet weekly for two hours during the semester they are admitted for (offered in fall and spring). Each week will cover a different topic of leadership that is taught through discussions and activities done in both small and large group settings.

Leading program activities are peer mentors who are graduates of the program and leaders on-campus. Every student in the TLI program will be put into a small group with other students who share a common area of study, interest, etc. and have two peer mentors who are to serve as guides for them in their first year at Texas Tech. 

Program Highlights:

📅Meet on Tuesdays from 5:30 - 7:30 PM in the fall. 
😄Make friends with the 80+ students in your cohort.
🎉Participate in fun activities and fruitful discussions with peers.
🗝️Get paired with peer mentors who will guide you through the program.
💼Gain leadership skills employers are looking for and build on your resume.

Skills employers are looking for:    Skills you gain from TLI:
🧍🏽Self-Awareness 🧍🏽Articulate strengths & weaknesses
💬 Communication 💬 Network with peers & leaders on-campus
🤝 Teamwork 🤝 Team-build with small group members
🌎 Equity & Inclusion 🌎 Learn about diverse perspectives
💡Critical Thinking 💡Practice creative problem solving
⭐ Leadership ⭐ Discover your personal leadership style
💼 Professionalism 💼 Write a resume & practice interview skills
Program Schedule:
Week 1 Program overview, introductions & getting to know your peers
Week 2 What is a leader?
Week 3 Identifying your personal leadership style
Week 4 Working with, including & understanding those different than you
Week 5 Networking & professional communication
Week 6 TTU student leader panel
Week 7 Interview & resume workshop
Week 8 Graduation

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Make Friends. 

Build your resume.

Become a leader.


"First year students should join TLI if they are looking to develop themselves in better ways. You will learn leadership skills, communication skills, professional skills, life skills, and make many new friends. There is no standard definition to who can be a leader, but you can make yourself a leader with the right tools, and TLI will help you to establish that."

Nejahla Hopkins
Public Relations
Houston, Texas

"TLI will present you with a multitude of skills such as resume development and networking. Then just as valuable is the opportunity to make friends and learn and grow from influential people such as your peers and the peer mentors."

Hunter Robinson
Dallas, Texas





Tech Leadership Institute