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.
To apply for the Emerging Leader's Program, **please fill out this form .
2022 - 2023 Cohort Dates
November Reading Week Cohort: November 8th, 9th, and 10th. [CLOSED]
February Reading Week Cohort: February 21nd, 22rd, and 23th [OPEN]
ELP Certificates for 2022/2023 will be available in March, 2023
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 two cohorts to complete the program.
Additionally, all participants will be registered for the Alberta Student Leadership Summit on the last Saturday of January 2023 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. 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. Additionally, undergraduate students from post-secondary institutions in Alberta can attend for $150.
Hear from other students!
“Participating in the Emerging Leaders Program served as a foundational experience in my journey with conceptualizing and participating in leadership at the UofA. The design and delivery of the program was engaging and well-paced for an introductory yet comprehensive three-day curriculum. Through this opportunity, I connected with students that also had an interest in developing their own capacity for leadership; a truly dynamic network of individuals with a variety of different leadership experiences and skills from which I was able to learn informally alongside the formal teachings of this program.”
-Navneet Chand // ELP Fall 2018 Cohort
ELP is a wonderful program that helped me reflect on and improve my mindset and leadership skills. There are lots of interactive teamwork pieces that you participate in throughout the program that help strengthen your collaboration and critical thinking skills. I met many incredible people during my time with ELP and the facilitators do a great job at creating a welcoming environment for you to thrive in! Would highly recommend this program!
-Rayyan Aqueel // Winter 2020 Cohort
"The Emerging Leaders Program offered an opportunity to deep dive into concepts of leadership which enhanced my understanding of what leadership is and how we take part in this concept of "leadership". Not only did I gain enhanced understanding of leadership, but also getting to connect and collaborate with various campus community members had broadened my connection and understanding of the UAlberta community. I highly encourage everyone to take part in the Emerging Leaders Program during their time at the University of Alberta."
-Avery Teo // Winter 2020 Cohort
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