What is the ELP?
The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) offers first-semester freshmen and transfer students a unique way to learn about and practice leadership while engaging with both the Binghamton University and local communities. Through the ELP, you can get a jump-start on exploring and taking advantage of the varied leadership experiences at your fingertips. Many past ELP participants have gone on to hold leadership roles in a variety of settings within the Binghamton University community. It is not required that ELP new student participants have held a prior leadership position . . . a desire to learn about leadership and to take initiative for your personal growth and development is the key!
- Connect to both Binghamton University and local community resources
- Explore and apply personal strengths and insights about leadership
- Examine, develop and utilize leadership skills including oral communication, networking, problem-solving, program planning, interpersonal and group dynamics and time management
- Work side-by-side with other new students, peer mentors and faculty/staff program advisors who are invested in leadership AND new students' successful transition to Binghamton University
- Have an impact on the local community through development and implementation of a service learning project during the fall semester
- Earn a leadership certificate for completion of the program
How Does the ELP Work?
New student participants are placed into small interest-based teams called Knowledge Communities (KC's), which meet weekly throughout the course of the fall semester. There are a total of six KC's, each consisting of a specific theme from which to view and practice leadership through campus and community involvement. ELP participants examine how leadership is utilized within their KC theme and learn how to apply their understanding and skills to impact on this theme. As part of this process, each KC develops and implements a service learning project that incorporates leadership and supports the theme of their KC. Each KC is lead by two student peer mentors along with a faculty member and administrative staff member who serve as program advisors for the thirteen new student participants. New students preference their KC's through the ELP application process. It is important to keep in mind that KC teams are not determined by students' intended major(s) but consist of students who share a common interest in the theme.