Emerging Leaders Program

Emerging Leaders (EL) is a transformative, Campus Life program geared towards first-year students at Washington University in St. Louis.

Campus Life’s Emerging Leaders program is a leadership development, cohort-based experience for first-year students taking place in November 2019. The program involves an overnight retreat at Camp Wartburg (off-campus retreat site), three educational sessions (on campus), and a mentoring component where first year students are paired with an upper-class mentor.

The program’s theme is, CREATING CHANGE, and the experience is designed to help students reflect on their personal values, social identities, and strengths to encourage a culture of positive social change within the campus community. Put simply, this program resembles an accelerated leadership course with a select group of first-year students.

Campus Life collaborates with various partners, guest speakers, and upper-class student mentors to construct curriculum that challenges students on their assumptions about leadership and encouraging an understanding of leadership that is both transformative and purposeful.

The Emerging Leaders program is a great opportunity for first-year students to evaluate their current leadership skills and values, develop and grow in areas they hope to strengthen, and community build with peer mentors that are experienced students leaders on campus!

Application Timeline

Applications to participate in the Emerging Leaders program are now open. Applications must be completed by Monday, October 14 at midnight. You can find the application here.

Program Schedule Emerging Leaders includes

Emerging Leaders Orientation

  • Date: Mid-October
  • Time: TBA
  • Location: Danforth University Center

Overnight Retreat

  • Date: November 9-10
  • Location: Camp Wartburg

Educational Sessions

  • Date: Thursdays in November and December
  • Time: TBA
  • Location: DUC 276

Emerging Leaders Graduation Ceremony

  • Date: December
  • Time: TBA
  • Location: Orchid Room, Danforth University Center

Lodging, transportation, food, and other program expenses are completely FREE for all students selected into the program.

For more information, please contact, Jesús Meléndez, Coordinator for Campus Life – Leadership Development at jesus.melendez@wustl.edu or visit our WUGO event page