Emerging Leaders

Lead Others

Emerging Leaders is a spring semester, University-sponsored student leadership program designed to further the development of the University’s future leaders by refining their current leadership abilities and instilling in them a commitment to the campus and community.

The program is open to first-year and second-year students interested in developing their leadership skills and connecting with other students.  Topics such as communication, diversity, time management, and professionalism are covered through fun, creative activities and personal exploration. All participants will be required to attend eight educational sessions (held Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m.), a weekend retreat and a project in which participants apply their leadership skills.

To be eligible to participate in the EL program, a student must:

  • Demonstrate potential for leadership positions and service to the University community.
  • Currently be enrolled as a Southeast student.
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University.
  • Have completed less than 60 hours.  (Exceptions may be made for students who have over 60 hours.)
  • Have successfully completed the Emerging Leaders application and a group interview with the peer facilitator team.

Participants must make the following commitment to the Emerging Leaders program:

  • Attend eight two-hour sessions held Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. during the spring semester.
  • Attend a two day, off-campus weekend retreat held Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon.
Photo of Dr. Vargas with the Emerging Leaders

How to apply (participant):

  • Applications for 2018 Emerging Leaders program participants will be available beginning Wednesday, October 10, 2017.
  • Applications are available online at https://semo.wufoo.com/forms/poe5g8f1ib8ei9/. Deadline to apply is 4:00 p.m. CST on Friday, November 10.
  • In addition to the written application, potential participants will be required to participate in a group interview session. Applicants will be contacted via phone or email to schedule their group interview for the week of November 13--17.
  • Applicants will be notified the week of November 27 if they are selected for the program and have to confirm their participation no later Wednesday, December 6.

For more information, visit Campus Life & Event Services in UC 414 or email leadership@semo.edu.

EL Facilitator Applications:

2017-18 Emerging Leaders Facilitators (ELF) were selected in April 2017.

Online applications for 2018-2019 Emerging Leaders Facilitators will be available in April 2018.

Specifics about the application and interview process will be availabe on the application form. Please read all the application directions and date/time requirements and expectations before making the decision to apply. If you have questions, please contact Campus Life & Event Services at (573) 651-2280 or leadership@semo.edu.


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