The Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) is designed to help students develop the leadership skills they need to become stronger leaders in their classes, in their student organizations, in their chosen professions, and in their communities. ELI will supplement what students learn in the classroom by connecting them with practicalknowledge through community service, service learning and other co-curricular activities.



Students must attend and complete nine workshops covering introductory leadership topics.  The nine topics are presented in six sessions throughout the fall semester and repeated again in the spring.  A student is able to complete the entire ELI program within a semester and, if necessary, can make up any missed sessions in the following semester.  Participants will begin their leadership experience by taking a strengths assessment which will act as the foundaiton for learning.  Sessions are offered on Fridays, once per month.  Leadership activity assignments will be given for students to complete between sessions in order to supplement learning and a final sharing or presentation of one's learning will be asked of each participant. Students who complete ELI will receive a certificate of completion in leadership from the Office of Student Life & Leadership.

Students are encouraged to participate in an on-campus organization (ASG, Chariot Newspaper, Student Ambassadors, clubs, peer advisor); or demonstrate involvement in an appropriate off-campus organization (community service, service learning, youth group, volunteerism).

Required Workshops

Benefits of the Program