December 17, 2016

Path to the Passport

By Drew DuBoff ‘19
Culinary Arts & Food Service Management;
Restaurant, Food, and Beverage Management, Sommelier Minor

The Leadership Passport Program is designed to provide members a guide for year-round engagement in Collegiate DECA, therefore increasing the benefits of maintaining a membership. Recipients must complete activities that are categorized using DECA’s core values and guiding principles to encourage a fulfilling college experience.
            There are two levels of achievement: gold and blue. Required for both are performing 10 hours of community service, developing a list of academic and Collegiate DECA goals for the year, signing up to receive DECA Direct Online (, writing a resume and a cover letter, and attending five chapter related meetings. Gold Diamond additionally requires discussing Collegiate DECA in a class or student forum, holding a leadership position within the chapter, and applying to become a social media correspondent and submitting one article.
            Activities must be completed from the following categories: competence, innovation, integrity, and teamwork. Blue Diamond requires two from each category, while Gold Diamond requires three from each. Do not expect to do this alone; the leadership academy chairs are here to help. They will be setting up events that help satisfy requirements, but dedication on the individual’s behalf is also essential.
            Last year, Johnson & Wales University-Providence had 23 recipients. This year, the goal is 35. Not only is there merit gained through this award, but it looks great on resumes and all passport recipients are given advanced consideration for ICDC 2017 in Anaheim, California.
             For more information or to request a packet of information, please contact Joe Esposito ( ; (908) 655-5111)) and Parthenia Giannopoulos ( The faculty advisor for the leadership academy is Leslie Buxton ( All of the above requirements are also listed here: