Emerging Leaders Program

Leadership Education and Development Centre

Emerging Leaders Program

Launched in 2011, the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is a U of A student leadership program structured around a social change model of leadership. The ELP views leadership as a “purposeful, collaborative, values-based process that results in positive social change” (Komives et al., 2009, p. 50). The ELP is jointly planned and facilitated by student services’ professionals from across the University of Alberta and Students' Union.

In this program, students engage in a series of workshops on topics such as collaboration, conflict resolution, self-discovery, change and citizenship. Students who successfully complete the program can receive a non-credit certificate.

All cohort dates for the academic year of 2019-2020 are now CLOSED. Please revisit this site in the near future, to see future dates for the Emerging Leaders Program in 2020 - 2021

2019-2020 Cohort Dates

Augustana Cohort: September 18th, 19th, and 20th [CLOSED]

Fall Cohort: September 28th, October 5th, and October 12th. [CLOSED]

November Reading Week Cohort: November 12th, 13th, and 14th. [CLOSED]

February Reading Week Cohort: February 18th, 19th, and 20th [CLOSED]

ELP Certificates for 2019/2020 will be available in March, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the time commitments?

The program involves participating in 3 full day workshops from 10:00AM to 5:00PM on the University of Alberta's North Campus. This year, participants will join one of three cohorts to complete the program.

Additionally, all participants will be registered for the Alberta Student Leadership Summit on the last Saturday of January 2021 as part of the program.

What do the workshops look like?

Each workshop is structured in a way to accommodate and challenge people of all learning styles. There are lecture components, personal reflections, group activities, videos, and interactive, engaging discussions between participants and facilitators.

What does each workshop cover?

The Emerging Leaders Program is split up into 3 days which cover the main concepts of the Social Change Model of Leadership. They are split as follows:

  • Session 1: Personal Leadership

Engage in self-assessment, reflection, hear from community leaders on congruency and explore motivation through the lens of leadership.

  • Session 2: Group Leadership

Enhance awareness of group development process, gain skills to navigate team building, and practice coaching individuals.

  • Session 3: Community Leadership

Explore dynamics of conflict, learn how to have difficult conversations, and explore approaches to create social change.

What are the costs?

The cost for the North Campus program is $75 for current undergraduate students, and $150 for current graduate students. The cost for the Augustana Cohort program is set by the Augustana Student Association and may vary from North Campus. These fees will go to help partially cover the cost of the program materials, food and events, as well as participation in the Alberta Student Leadership Summit.

If cost is a barrier to your application, please see the question below.

What if I cannot afford the program?

If you are a current undergraduate student, the Students' Union offers a limited number of full and partial bursaries to students who demonstrate financial need. You will have the option to apply for these bursaries as part of your application form.

Who can apply for this program?

All University of Alberta students can apply for this program. The program will focus on development of skills and knowledge for new or emerging student leaders.

I have completed ELP, what's next?

Are you ready to take your leadership to new heights? The Applied Leadership Program (ALP) provides a supported setting for students to reflect upon and develop their leadership practices. At the core of the program is the belief that leadership can be taught through skills and that the best way to grow as a leader is through application of those skills in real life. ALP builds on the skill development workshops of the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), offering an opportunity to apply those skills intentionally and reflect on their learning throughout the process.

The program is a partnership between the Students’ Union and the Alumni Association.

If you have any questions about what the program looks like, how it could benefit you, or the application process, please feel free to direct them to leadership@su.ualberta.ca We are also happy to set up times to meet if you would like to discuss the process or potential projects with us in person!

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