Center for Leadership & Community Engagement

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.

ELI Student MeetingELI Outdoor Trust ExerciseELI Student Group GatheredELI Training Outdoor Meeting

Stepping into Leadership

I wanted to get involved with ELI because I see a need for it within the male population at Rollins. I would love to change the social stigma around leadership and community engagement that is unwritten but exists between guys.

Lasting Impact

Whether it's in the classroom, on the field, or at your job, you have influence and we are here to help you use that influence to make a lasting impact.

Making Connections

It’s a weekend of fun, learning, competition, laughter, and getting closer to fellow students on and off campus!


Gain Confidence

From the bus ride to the camp site and our stop at Panera to our last activity, which was a reflection bonfire, ELI was an amazing experience!

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

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

2018-2019 Facilitators

  • Kristal Alicea
  • Johanna Brown
  • Hannah Jackson
  • Benny Rodriguez
  • Alex Wehr

The Fall Emerging Leadership Institute will take place on October 19th - 21st at Camp Kulaqua. Applications for the upcoming Institute will open in August.

Fall 2018 Application 

The Spring Emerging Leadership Institute will take place on February 22nd - 24th at Camp Kulaqua. Applications for the Spring Institute will open in November.

Spring 2019 Application

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.

Check out pictures from past Institutes. 

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