Student Involvement

WSU Student Leaders

What is the Emerging Leaders program?

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

The program kicks off with a leadership weekend allowing students to ask questions and create meaningful connections. Throughout the weekend students will explore leadership content and activities in smaller groups.

Following the leadership weekend, students have the remaining semester to select from a variety of workshops and events that allow students to develop and reflect on individual strengths and weaknesses. Advisors will help students discover leadership opportunities on campus to gain hands-on experiences that stand out among the rest.

Students will track involvement to develop a co-curricular transcript that will help them prepare for 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.

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Why join 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!
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Frequently asked questions

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Where our leadership content derives from

The Social Change Model

The Emerging Leaders Program is based on the Social Change Model, and the individual values or 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, 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.