Student Involvement


Emerging Leaders

What is the Emerging Leaders program?

Emerging Leaders is designed to take highly motivated first year students and develop them to be future leaders at and beyond WSU.

In small groups, students will connect and explore leadership content. A variety of workshops will also allow students to develop individual strengths and weaknesses. Advisors will help students earn leadership positions on campus to gain hands-on experiences for post college careers.

Students will track involvement to develop a co-curricular transcript that will help them secure future internships and jobs. The entire program will utilize experiential education and learning-by-doing, and is designed to help students step out of their comfort zones while still having fun in the process.


Why become apart of the Emerging Leaders program?

  • Earn a leadership certificate
  • Opportunity to participate in second tier leadership programs such as Crimson Leadership VIP
  • Apply for paid leadership positions on the Cougar Leadership Team
  • Invitation to special events such as the leadership homecoming tailgate
  • Develop principles and practices that will make a more effective group leader and group member
  • Make connections to help you with school, internships and employment, group work, and problem solving and help build your resume
  • Engaged students are more likely to complete their degree
  • GPA has been shown to be positively affected by campus engagement
  • WSU is more fun when you are involved!
Learn how to complete the program


Where our leadership content derives from

The Social Change Model

The Emerging Leaders Program is based on the Social Change Model, and the first three C's of the model, considered by many to be the leadership model of the 21st century. The Social Change Model is an approach to leadership development focused on the process of enacting social change from multiple perspectives and for the betterment of society.

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, as both those who hold formal leadership positions as well as those who do not have the ability to influence others.

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.

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