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Dr. Brenda White Wright Emerging Leaders Academy

Congratulations to the Dr. Brenda White Wright Emerging Leaders Academy Class of 2017!

ELA 2017

Amanda Lockhart - Zac McGaha - Stephanie Fraley - Sanjeev Das - Narzy Romero - Ryan Abens - Jether Yohanon - Brook Anderson - Lee Keeler - Brandi Stamper -
Will Mullally - Ben Ramsey - Alexis Harvey - Kyla Scott - Blakeley Griffin -
Shelbi Releford - Nausheen Siddiqui - Hanin El-Khateeb - Taylor Starlin - Alexis Kirk - Lia Johnson - Peculiar Lawrence - Dakota Rorie


Mission: To identify, encourage and equip emerging student leaders with the skills, knowledge and experience to effectively lead at ETSU and beyond. 

The Dr. Brenda White Wright Emerging Leaders Academy is an eight week leadership development program with weekly meetings that focus on critical skills such as leadership style, diversity and inclusion, communication, conflict management and time management. Selected participants will attend an overnight "advance" and complete a service project in order to receive ETSU's Emerging Leaders Certificate.

Program Objectives:

  • Students will explore their own diverse leadership styles and strengths
  • Students will participate in developmental activities relating to advocacy and diversity appreciation
  • Students will learn about and have an opportunity to work in a team
  • Students will complete a service project
  • Students will learn valuable skills (e.g. communication, inclusion, time management, conflict resolution, problem solving) that are applicable to leadership situations
  • Students will become aware of general University procedures and resources available.

Application and Selection

The Emerging Leaders Academy is open to any student who is in "good academic standing" and has not held a position of leadership in a student organization. Preference is given to first year students with the intent that participants apply the leadership skills gained from the Academy on campus in the coming years. The eight week program takes place each spring and students accepted must attend 100% of the scheduled dates in order to receive the certificate of completion.

Emerging Leaders Academy graduates have become: 

  • Various roles with Student Government Association (President, Secretary, Senator, Chief of Staff) 
  • President of Buctainment, ETSU's Student Programming Board 
  • International Buccaneer Buddies Group Leader 
  • President of various student organizations (Volunteer ETSU)   
  • Various roles with ETSU Housing (Resident Assistant, Hall Council) 

Important Dates for the Class of 2018: 

Welcome Reception (Meet & Greet), 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 

  • January 12th, 2018 

Overnight "Advance" 

  • January 13th (leave from the D.P. Culp Center at 4 p.m.) to January 15th (return to campus around noon)  

Weekly meetings, Mondays, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 

  • January 22nd 
  • January 29th 
  • February 5th 
  • February 12th 
  • February 19th 
  • February 26th 
  • March 12th 
  • March 19th 

Volunteer Hours 

  • 01/15/18, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Graduation Ceremony, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 

  • March 26th 

News & Events 

Applications for the Emerging Leaders Academy are available during the fall semester each year.
Important Dates for
the Class of 2018: 
Welcome Reception
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
  • 1/12/18
Overnight "Advance" 
  • 1/13/18 - 1/15/18 
Weekly meetings, Mondays, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
  • 1/22/18
  • 1/29/18
  • 2/5/18
  • 2/12/18
  • 2/19/18
  • 2/26/18
  • 3/12/18
  • 3/19/18
Volunteer Hours 
  • 01/15/18, 9:00 a.m.  -12:00 p.m.
Graduation Ceremony
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
  • 3/26/18


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