Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders is a living-learning community designed for first-year collegiate men and women who express an interest in exploring their leadership skills through the intersection of identity development, current trends, and campus involvement. The Emerging Leaders LLC will provide opportunities that enable students to practice personal responsibility, think critically, advocate for themselves, engage beyond the classroom, and plan for their futures. As a part of membership in the Emerging Leaders LLC, students are members of an Emerging Leaders cohort.

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  • Students must complete an Emerging Leaders application and have a minimum high school GPA of 2.0
  • Students must enter into the Emerging Leaders Program during the fall semester
  • Students must participate in at least two activities per semester (four per year) that focus on leadership development and individual growth. These events vary from year to year and include on and off-campus opportunities.
  • Students must complete a leadership portfolio and present it during a planned showcase at the end of the year.


Living Arrangements:

Female students live in the Kenan Building, and male students live in Merritt Building.

Participant Benefits:

  • Develop leadership skills through the cultivation of personal traits, experiences, knowledge, resources, and opportunities
  • Demonstrate leadership capacity through campus programming and leadership positions in campus organizations
  • Analyze social and cultural issues for a multi-dimensional understanding and response
  • Connect and network with faculty and staff, as well as with community leaders
  • Transportation to and from events to explore out of class experiences at various locations with all expenses paid, including any attendance or meal costs
  • Free Emerging Leaders apparel