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Learn about yourself & your ability to lead


The Emerging Leaders Program, or 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! Apply today!

Benefits of participating in ELP

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
Who are the Emerging Leaders?

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.

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