Emerging Leaders Program

ELP students pose for a picture at the retreat
Emerging Leaders students on retreat
Emerging Leaders program at a ropes course

Learn about yourself & your ability to lead.

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is a one-semester program specifically designed to provide first-year students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, build relationships across campus, and become engaged in the campus community. ELP develops leaders with the confidence, ability, and passion to be active and engaged leaders in their communities, as well as the foundation of leadership skills essential for lifelong leadership engagement. Participants learn about leadership and student organizations and graduate empowered to make a positive impact on our campus community.

We believe that students can impact our campus community in profound ways and we strive to provide the learning opportunities, support and institutional knowledge to make that happen!

    Are You an Emerging Leader?

    Emerging Leaders are active and engaged first year students who want to learn more about themselves and the campus community. Both inexperienced and experienced student leaders participate and benefit from the Emerging Leaders Program.

    Personal Discovery
    • Identify your strengths
    • Establish your values
    • Pinpoint your passions and purpose
    • Develop leadership skills
    • Cultivate diversity and inclusion
    • Build group development and team-building skills
    • Benefit from mentorship
    • Connect with other student leaders
    • Become a part of a community
    • Determine a vision for your leadership experience at CWRU
    • Move forward with confidence in your abilities as a leader
    • Leave with an action plan to successfully carry out your intentions

    "You get connected and are accepted into a community who cares. You are never told you can't lead because of who you are. You are instead encouraged to be the best at what you love and develop your personal strengths, find your own sense of leadership."

    "You begin the program as one person, you end the program as an entirely new person who is more confident and knows so much more about themselves."

    "ELP enabled me to recognize my strengths in a way that I hadn't ever before. I learned a lot about myself in the process, and was able to develop skills that I didn't know I had. The StrengthsQuest analysis paired with the many workshops and faculty interactions provided me with a strong base with which to lead in the CWRU community in the future."

    "The only thing you could lose by participating in this program is time, and even so, it's only a loss if you don't actually participate. Otherwise, it's a transaction, and a good one at that. For a small amount of time here and there, you get valuable insight and connections, and possibly a changed outlook on life."

    "ELP has helped me meet people from all around campus. I have also become more confident in using my leadership skills!"

    Emerging Leaders have gone on to serve as...

    • Undergraduate Student Government Presidents and representatives
    • Orientation Leaders & Executive Board Members
    • Class officers and class presidents
    • University Program Board presidents and members
    • Fraternity/Sorority Presidents
    • the Spartan Mascot
    • USG-recognized student organization officers
    • Center for Civic Engagement and Learning Scholars
    • Resident Assistants & Executive leaders on RHA
    • Founding members for organizations such as Dance Marathon and the 300 Club
    • Founding members of fraternities & sororities on campus
    • Planned activities within the Academic Integrity Board

    Well, maybe ELP can't take all the credit, but research shows that ELP graduates...

    • Have a higher combined Sophomore, Junior and Senior GPA (3.39 for participants vs. 3.25 for non-participants)
    • Are more likely to serve as leaders in USG recognized student organizations (27% vs. 16 % for non- participants)
    • Are more likely to have been a leader in an organization during college (80% vs. 30% for non-participants)
    • Are more likely than their peers to have communicated regularly with their professors (90% vs. 55% for non-participants)
    • Are more likely than their peers to say staff recognize their achievements (100% vs. 70% for non-participants)
    • Were more likely to have been offered and accepted of full time employment at graduation (64% vs. 45% for non-participants)
    • Were more likely to have a starting salary greater than $60,000 at graduation (56% vs. 33% for non-participants)
    • 60% of ELPers participated in an internship during college

    Intrigued? Browse through the program curriculum and come back to this page at the beginning of the fall semester to submit an application.