Student Involvement

Emerging Leaders participants pose for a large group photo

Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders is the largest and fastest growing leadership certificate program at WSU, with more than 200 students. Designed for highly motivated, first-year students, participants will develop skills to be future leaders at and beyond WSU.

Participants gain an understanding of their individual values and the impact they have on their leadership style.

Apply for Fall 2018

Applications for the fall 2018 semester close 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27.

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Program Requirements

  • Available to first-year students
  • Time commitment: Approximately 1 - 3 hours per week
  • Attend Leadership Weekend Sept. 7-9 OR Sept. 14-16
  • Attend 10 events listed on CougSync
  • Complete 5 Core Sessions
  • Maintain CougSync e-portfolio
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Our Program Model

The Emerging Leaders Program is based on the Social Change Model, and the individual values of the first three C's of the model:

  1. Consciousness of self
  2. Congruence
  3. Commitment

In an effort to enhance student learning and facilitate positive social change, the Social Change Model of Leadership Development was created in 1993 by the Higher Education Research Institute of UCLA. This model emphasizes the need to understand self and others, in an effort to create community change. It is less about the leader and more about the leadership community.

The Social Change Model is based on the following assumptions:

  • Leadership is socially responsible, it impacts change on behalf of others
  • Leadership is collaborative
  • Leadership is a process, not a position
  • Leadership is inclusive and accessible to all people
  • Leadership is values-based
  • Community involvement/service is a powerful vehicle for leadership

Through participation in the Emerging Leaders Program, students will learn and practice the skills needed to make change in their own lives, community, and the world to become active global citizens.

Students build towers out of cups during a leadership skillbuilding activity

Students attend the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Leadership Conference

Students participate in group discussion