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 cohorts engaging more than 200 students. Designed for highly motivated, first-year students, participants will develop skills to be future leaders at WSU.

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

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Currently Enrolled?

Students enrolled in the fall 2018 program can use the following links to track their participation.

View Fall Program Details View Core Session Schedule

Apply for Fall 2019

Applications for the Fall 2019 semester close on September 6, 2019. 

Program Requirements

  • Available to first-year students
  • Time commitment: Approximately 1 - 3 hours per week
  • Attend Leadership Weekend Sept. 13-14
  • Attend 10 events listed on CougSync
  • Complete 5 Core Sessions
  • Maintain CougSync e-portfolio

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 participate in skill-building core workshops throughout the semester.

Students attend the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Leadership Conference

The program culminates with the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Leadership Conference Sept. 22.

Students participate in group discussion

Students in the program meet with more than 250 student leaders across the WSU campus.