Emerging Leaders

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

Emerging Leaders consists of an overnight retreat and 4 interactive community sessions. The Emerging Leaders program provides first-year students opportunities to coalition within an environment centered on socially responsible leadership, inclusion, values-based interpersonal development and fun!

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 will become available in October.

Check out all of the excitement and fun from Emerging Leaders 2018!

Program Schedule Emerging Leaders includes

Emerging Leaders Orientation

  • Date: First week of Spring Semester
  • Time: TBA
  • Location: Danforth University Center

Overnight Retreat

  • Date: TBA
  • Location: Camp Wartburg

Summit on Leadership Development

  • Date: TBA
  • Time: TBA
  • Location: Washington University in St. Louis (Danforth Campus)

Educational Sessions

  • Date: Thursdays in February & March (Exact dates TBD)
  • Time: TBA
  • Location: DUC 276

Emerging Leaders Graduation Ceremony

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

Previous Emerging Leaders Peer Mentors

Bianca Pena

Bianca Peña

MAJOR: Biomedical Engineering

“Emerging Leaders was an eye-opening experience that promoted introspection, allowing me to cultivate my strengths and weaknesses as a leader. In a very comfortable space I was exposed to diverse ideas and opinions that motivated me to develop a better understanding of my personal leadership skills.”


Bonnie Simonoff

Bonnie Simonoff

“Emerging Leaders allowed me to explore and cultivate my personal leadership style. This rewarding program encourages us to reflect on our strengths and values, applying them in ways that enhance collaboration and motivate one other to contribute meaningfully to our communities during college and beyond.”


Eliza Caperton

“What I love about Emerging Leaders is that it creates a diverse, empowering community of passionate and driven students. Participating in the program last year allowed me to learn about my strengths as a leader, and inspired me to become more engaged with campus and the St. Louis community. I am excited to continue learning about leadership and engaging with other students this year as a Peer Mentor.”

Need more information?
Contact Jesus Melendez, academic services coordinator.