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How does the ELP work?

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is a fall semester certificate-based program.  All new student participants will receive a leadership certificate for completion of the program.  The ELP consists of groups of 13 new students who meet in "Knowledge Communities" (KCs). These small groups are each led by a leadership team consisting of two upper-class peer mentors along with a faculty and administrative professional staff member who serve as advisors. There are a total of six KCs, each with a different theme.  The theme of each KC is used as a viewpoint from which to study and practice leadership.  KCs are not determined by students' intended major, but consist of students who share similar interests.  New students are assigned to a KC through the online ELP application process.  Read more about the KCs here.

Semester Schedule Overview

Throughout the fall, ELP students meet weekly within their KC and participate in a "Leadership and Life Skills" workshop series and special topic   programs (see below). In addition, participants initiate, develop and implement a service-learning project centered on their KC theme. There are special opportunities for all ELP participants to come together at selected times through the fall semester for both social and professional development events.  These include:

Expected Time Commitment and Activities

In order to maximize the ELP experience, new students need to commit to being actively involved in the various ELP program opportunities. ELP student participants should expect to spend approximately two hours/week involved with the program. 

The following highlights anticipated time commitments and program certificate requirements:



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Last Updated: 6/3/13