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:
- The ELP Kick Off program, scheduled for 3:15-6 p.m. Friday, Aug.23, which includes activities to connect and begin the fall program.
- The Leadership-in-Action networking program (Friday, November 1), provided as an opportunity to interact and network in individual and small group discussions with senior-level faculty, staff, alumni and community leaders, to discuss insights and perspectives about leadership.
- The Poster Symposium (Friday, December 6) where the ELP new students in each KC present their service-learning project activities, culminating in the awarding of certificates and a closing ceremony, followed by a final KC team meeting (during the week of December 9-13).
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:
- one-hour weekly KC meeting throughout the fall semester
- five one-hour "Leadership and Life Skills" workshops and special topic programs, offered regularly until mid November (participants must attend a total of five workshops and special topic programs through the semester). Workshop topics include communication skills, conflict resolution, group dynamics, interpersonal etiquette skills, leadership 101, leadership and ethics, leadership and managing stress, maximizing the first semester, motivation and personality styles. Special topic programs will be announced at the beginning of the fall semester, as part of the "attend 5" certificate requirements.
- Professional Development events (listed above). Students must attend each of these three programs (Kick-Off, Leadership in Action and Poster Symposium).
- group time (with KC to work on service-learning project) or scheduled networking and social activities for ELP participants - timing varies
- periodic individual and/or small group meetings with your ELP Mentors and Staff Advisor and one individual interview meeting with your KC Faculty Advisor (to discuss your interests, questions, the KC, leadership, resources, etc.)