Associated Students, Inc. at Fresno State is launching its student advocacy-training program LEAD Academy (Legislation, Education, Advocacy, and Democracy). The free workshop series provides experiential learning opportunities to enhance organizational leadership skills and explore current issues influencing higher education. Students will fine-tune their leadership competencies in the areas of civic responsibility, communication, learning and reasoning, self-awareness and development. The fall workshops are as follows: StrengthsFinder, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 27, USU 314; tour of State Capitol and meetings with representatives, Oct. 2, Sacramento; budget basics, 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 10, USU 309; running effective meetings, 3 to 4 p.m. Oct. 17, USU 309; introduction to debate and persuasion, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 30, USU 309; Fresno City Council meeting, tour and lunch with Fresno Mayor Lee Brand, Nov. 8, Fresno City Hall; budget basics, 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 15, USU 309. Students can sign up for these free courses here. ASI encourages participation by students of all abilities and can provide special accommodations if they are needed. INFO: Tara Powers Mead at or 559.278.6051.