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Congratulations to the Dr. Brenda White Wright Emerging Leaders Academy Class of 2018!

ELA 2018

   Deme Berry - Saul Garcia - Spencer Stanley - Dimitrie Medina - Heba Al-Khateeb                Matthew Lee - Rebekah Fine - Idara-Obong Udoeyop - Rielyn Thompson                 Megan Farlow - David Mackey - Jestiny Desmond - Emma Grace Tevis - Aria Inaba               Yasmine Punceles - Bailey Yearout              

 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) 

Required Dates for the Class of 2019: 

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

  • January 18th, 2019 

Overnight "Advance" 

  • January 19th (leave from the D.P. Culp Center at 11:00 a.m.) to January 21st (return to campus around noon)  

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

  • January 28th
  • February 4th 
  • February 11th 
  • February 18th 
  • February 25th 
  • March 4th 
  • March 18th 
  • March 25th 

Volunteer Hours 

  • 01/21/19, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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

  • April 1st

ELA 2018 Graduation from ETSU SORC on Vimeo.

News & Events  

Applications for the 2019 Class of the Emerging Leaders Academy available now! Follow the link below: 
Required Dates for
the Class of 2019: 
Welcome Reception
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
  • 1/14/19
Overnight "Advance" 
  • 1/19/19 - 1/21/19 
Weekly meetings, Mondays, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
  • 1/28/19
  • 2/4/19
  • 2/11/19
  • 2/18/19
  • 2/25/19
  • 3/4/19
  • 3/18/19
  • 3/25/19
Volunteer Hours 
  • 01/21/19, 9:00 a.m.  -12:00 p.m.
Graduation Ceremony
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
  • 4/1/19


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