To gain the full benefit of the Emerging Leaders Program, participation in all events, discussions and projects is essential.

All events will take place throughout the fall semester!
ELP opening ceremony and mixer

We will kick off the program and introduce you to the upper class facilitators who are excited to help you on your leadership journey. September 15 at 4 p.m.

Elp overnight retreat

The overnight retreat will be off campus and busing will be provided. We will be gone from campus late in the afternoon on September 15 and will return after dinner September 16 (meals and snacks will be provided). This experience is the highlight for many leaders and is your chance to interact with and meet new students in a small group atmosphere.

ELP Team sessions (required)

We will have four ELP team sessions that will give you an opportunity to build on the connections you made with your small group and the ELP community at retreat while learning more about yourself and the concept of leadership. These sessions are highly engaging and lively. (Wednesday [September 20, October 4, October 18, November 1, and November 15 ] from 4:30-6 p.m.)

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Leadership Conference

All ELPers are required to attend the annual Fall Leadership Conference on September 23. The conference offers participants the opportunity to select sessions of interest in an effort to help them shape their leadership development experience. You will attend sessions with upper-class leaders which will offer yet another opportunity to meet members of the CWRU leadership community. (Lunch is provided)

Organizational Membership

Each ELPer is expected to become an active member of a campus organization. This organization should meet on a regular basis (at least every other week) and provide students with the opportunity to become involved in a project or event. ELPers may participate in Media Board, RHA, UPB, USG, hall council or a USG-recognized club. Men also have the opportunity to join a fraternity during the fall semester. Membership should be established by November 1.

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elp networking reception

October 27 from 12:30-2 p.m. is your opportunity as a first year to mix and mingle with staff, faculty and university administrators who are excited to help you on your leadership journey. Don't miss this opportunity to get to know the people who make this community so special!


On November 28, all ELPers who have successfully completed the program requirements will partake in the graduation ceremony where they will be recognized for their achievements. Administrators and University friends will be invited to congratulate you on your success! (Refreshments will be served)