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Emerging Leadership Institute

The Emerging Leadership Institute (ELI) is a weekend-long experience aimed to facilitate the empowerment, development, and fellowship of first- and second-year emerging leaders.

The Emerging Leadership Institute seeks to bring together the most promising leaders on campus to develop as individuals and grow more cohesive as a community of leaders, experiencing community in a unique way while allowing established leaders to facilitate the experience and further themselves in the leadership development process.

The primary focus of the weekend is actively developing ethical, positive, and caring leaders through discourse, interactive workshops, reflection, and fun!

2022-2023 Facilitators
  • Nchimunya Mwiinga
  • Najyae White
  • Ebuka Iloghalu

The Fall 2023 Emerging Leadership Institute application is currently open and closes on Sunday July, 2nd at 11:59pm. Click here to apply! 

In the Students' Own Words

- This experience has changed my life and perspective on leaders.

- I learned that leadership doesn't always look the same. Leaders are everywhere. In the front, back, and middle of a crowd. It has inspired me to be a leader in my friendships.

- Leadership works best when you understand others and accept their personalities and differences.

- By meeting other like-minded leaders I feel that the Rollins community is much less isolated than I thought. I feel that I have met a group of individuals that I can reach out to for support.

- Leadership once meant to be fit enough to make decisions and strategize on behalf of a group. Today it means contributing to a situation with one’s unique perspective and strengths.

- I realized that things I identify with don't define me. I realized vulnerability doesn't make me weak and is… essential as a leader.