The Emerging Leaders Program is a first-year program that engages student leaders in learning the foundations of leadership development.

2018-2019 emerging leaders program cohort

Program Overview

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is a first-year, co-curricular experience that engages students in learning the foundations of leadership development, developing new friendships, and making last connections across campus. By providing comprehensive leadership development, students will enhance leadership skills and competencies through self-assessment, learning and practice. Through participation in this program, students are cultivated into leaders, with the goal of making an impact and leaving a legacy at UWG.


  • Equip ELP participants with basic leadership skills by providing experiential learning opportunities to use these skills to enact change at UWG and in their communities

  • Cultivate connections between ELP members and UWG faculty, staff, and student leaders

  • Encourage holistic personal and professional growth through various workshops, assessments and experiences

 Emerging Leaders Program FAQ

  • Who should apply?
    First-year students who:
    • Are committed to getting involved on campus and making new and lasting friends
    • Want to be in a leadership role in a student organization in the future
    • Desire to develop skills that will benefit you personally and professionally
  • What is the time commitment?
    Time commitment: 
    • Three monthly meetings in the Fall semester (October, November, December)
    • Spring retreat in January (Friday-Saturday)
    • Weekly Spring semester meetings on Wednesdays from 3:30pm-5:30pm
  • What will I gain?
    You will gain:
    • Accountability group consisting of 5-7 other freshmen and one PAL (Peer Advisor Leader)
    • Introduction to leadership experiences at UWG
    • Networking opportunities with community leaders, campus staff and faculty
    • Social, intramural and community service activities
  • ELP Topics & Themes
    Includes but NOT limited to:
    • Goal Setting
    • Multiculturalism
    • Networking
    • Leadership Styles
    • Career Development
    • Emotional Intelligence
    • Public Speaking
    • Time Management

Emerge West Leadership Award

These awards are given to freshmen who have exhibited outstanding leadership skills in high school, show promise in the further development of leadership skills at UWG, and express a desire to Lead West. Recipients of the Emerge West Leadership Award must commit to participate in the Emerging Leaders Program.  Emerge West Leadership Awards are in the amount of $1000. Applications for this monetary award close the last week of January each year, however, incoming first-year students are still eligible and encouraged to apply for the Emerging Leaders Program in the fall.

Students who are interested in the Emerge West Leadership Awards apply through the general UWG Scholarship Application once accepted to UWG. Those who meet the minimum criteria are invited to attend Scholarship Day in February, and are selected in March of each year for the following academic year. The 15 students who receive this leadership award are required to participate in the Emerging Leaders Program.


Any questions regarding the Emerging Leaders Program or Leadership Award can be directed to Cherokee Rabjohn, Coordinator for Student Leadership Programs.