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Emerging Leaders Program


The Emerging Leader Program (ELP) was created for new students to learn leadership skills and explore involvement opportunities with a special emphasis on SGA. Further, it is designed to increase the participants' understanding of the shared governance system at Illinois State University.

Some benefits of ELP include:

  • Explore your own leadership style
  • Get tapped into a strong campus network
  • Create lifelong friendships with students interested in leaving a legacy at ISU
  • Work hand-in-hand with Student Government

How to Apply  

  Step 1: Complete an application and email it to Student Body Vice President Ashley Shannon at, or drop it off in the Student Services Building room 375. 

  Step 2: Sign up for an interview here. Please select only ONE interview time!

Emerging Leader Program FAQ 


What is the Emerging Leader Program?

Emerging Leader Program is a division of Student Government Association that focuses on building leadership skills while networking freshman with campus, city, and state leaders. This program is designed to further the development of the Illinois State University’s future leaders by refining their current leadership abilities, helping them establish a leadership philosophy and instilling in them a commitment to the campus and community.

Who does this program target?

The program targets first-year students (both traditional and non-traditional) who show potential for future leadership positions both within our own campus community and the greater global community after graduation.

How much time will this take?

There are two meetings a month and each meeting will last one hour. You will hold one office hour a week and are required to be at all Emerging Leader Program events (no more than three per semester). Additionally, you will be required to attend three (3) Student Government Association Assembly meetings per semester.

What do I get out of it?

You will have an excellent opportunity to develop and refine your leadership abilities/skills, connect with other student leaders, and set personal goals. At the completion of the year, you will receive a letter of recommendation, upon request, from the Student Body Vice President and/or Student Government Association Advisor. You will meet and network with very influential campus, city, and state leaders. In addition to building your resume, you will learn a great deal of information about Illinois State University and how to make the most out of your college career.

Who can apply?

This program is geared towards freshman but is open to any first-year student who demonstrates potential for leadership positions and service to the University community.

Does it cost to join?

No, all aspects of the program are free.

Can my friends join?

We encourage everyone to apply.

Does everyone who signs up get in?

No, once you fill out the application, you may be selected for an interview.

How many people get in?

The number of accepted leaders will range from 15-20, depending upon applicants.

Can I be in other organizations too?

Yes! We encourage you to get involved as much as your schedule permits. In fact we prefer if you would be in other organizations.

Who will I meet?

You will meet other freshman or first-year students, Student Government Association Executive Officers, Senators and Ex-Officio leaders, campus leaders, city leaders, state leaders, faculty, staff, and other University officials.

How strict are the requirements?

If you fail to abide by the attendance policy and/or do not follow Student Code of Conduct, you may be dismissed from the program.

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