Emerging Leaders

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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 over-night retreat, a 1-day regional conference, and 7 subsequent, interactive community sessions in the Spring semester. 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!

Applications to participate in the Emerging Leaders program will become available on Wednesday October 3rd, 2018 and will be due on Wednesday, October 31st at midnight.

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

Program Schedule for Emerging Leaders 2019


Emerging Leaders Orientation

  • Date: First week of Spring Semester
  • Time: 6:00PM
  • Location: Danforth University Center

Overnight Retreat

  • Date: Saturday, January 26-27th 2019
  • Location: Camp Wartburg

Summit on Leadership Development

  • Date: Saturday February 9th 2019
  • Time: 9:00AM – 3:00PM
  • Location: Washington University in St. Louis (Danforth Campus)

Educational Sessions

  • Date: Thursdays in February & March (Exact dates TBD)
  • Time: 5:00PM – 6:30PM
  • Location: DUC 276

Emerging Leaders Graduation Ceremony

  • Date: Late March
  • Time: 6:00PM
  • Location: Orchid Room, Danforth University Center

Emerging Leaders Peer Mentors

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. "

Majors: Anthropology: Global Health and the Environment

"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."

Majors: Studio Art; American Culture Studies

"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."


Program Coordinator for Leadership Development

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