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Emerging Leaders

Lead Others

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

The EL program is open to first-year and second-year undergraduate students interested in developing their interpersonal skills through fun and engaging activities with reflection on such topics as identity, diversity, effective communication, conflict management & decision making, and campus leadership & professionalism. Sessions are led by upper-class student facilitators (listed below) who had previously graduated from the EL program.

EL participants are expected to attend weekly two-hour sessions throughout the Spring semester, attend a free off-campus weekend retreat, and participate in a service project during the annual SE Serves weekend.



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 undergraduate student.
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University.
  • Have completed less than 60 credit hours. Exceptions may be made for students who have over 60 credit hours.
  • Have completed the Emerging Leaders application and a group interview with the EL facilitator team.

Participants must make the following commitment to the EL program:

  • Attend every 2-hour session held on Wednesdays, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Attend a free off-campus weekend retreat: Friday, March 26, 2021 – Sunday, March 28, 2021


How to Participate in Emerging Leaders

Up to 40 students are selected to participate in the Emerging Leaders program each Spring semester based on their application and group interview with the EL Facilitator Team. Applications for the Spring 2021 Emerging Leaders program were due by November 11, 2020, and the Class of 2021 has been selected. The application for Spring 2022 will be open and accessible on this website starting November 1, 2021.

If you have any questions, please email:

2021 Emerging Leaders Facilitators (ELFs)

  • Olivia Jacobs (lead)– 2020 ELF, 2019 EL Participant, 2018 FYLP Participant
  • Allison Otto (lead)– 2020 ELF, 2019 EL Participant, 2017 CampRedhawk
  • Megan Thompson (lead) – 2020 ELF, 2018 FYLP Facilitator, 2018 EL Participant, 2017 CampRedhawk
  • Steven Eldridge – 2019 FYLP Facilitator, 2019 EL Participant, 2018 FYLP Participant, 2018 CampRedhawk
  • Daniel Frew – 2020 & 2019 FYLP Facilitator, 2019 EL Participant, 2018 FYLP Participant, 2018 CampRedhawk
  • Patrick Koeller – 2020 & 2019 FYLP Facilitator, 2019 EL Participant, 2018 FYLP Participant, 2018 CampRedhawk


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