Emerging Leaders Program
What is the Emerging Leaders Program?The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is a living-learning program that brings together students interested in developing and continuing their leadership involvements. Participants in the ELP will live in a community with other program participants within a coed first-year student residence hall. This serves to provide students with the opportunity to build relationships and reflect on their experiences with other members of the program. Additionally, living in this community aids in the development of further connection to Springfield College and peers by providing opportunities for communication and reflection.
The ELP is based on the principles of the Humanics philosophy and the holistic approach of Springfield College to education. The program assumes that every student has the potential to be a leader and that skills necessary to lead can be learned. This learning is not an end in itself; rather, leadership development is an ongoing process. The ELP is designed to give each student the opportunity to learn leadership concepts and skills through participation in a variety of interactive group and service projects, workshops, and presentations. The program provides students the opportunity to explore their own ideas of leadership, gain valuable experience through small group activities, challenge the status-quo of involvement, and to create a leadership project based upon discussion and needs on campus and in the greater Springfield community. Students wishing to participate in the program must complete an application, have a phone or campus interview, and agree to participate fully in the Emerging Leaders Program.
Where do members of the Emerging Leaders Program live?
The ELP is designed around developing a residential community in Massasoit Hall, one of the first-year residence halls on campus. This serves to provide students with the opportunity to build relationships and reflect on shared experiences with other members of the program. Additionally, living in this community aids in the development of further connection to Springfield College and fellow students by providing opportunities for communication and reflection.
What does the Emerging Leaders Program consist of?
The ELP fosters discussions that focus on communication and the ability to make decisions, the importance of goal setting and time and stress management, as well as motivation and values. Students in the ELP will be given the opportunity to discover what leadership means and to gain valuable knowledge and understanding needed to be successful in future leadership roles, both on campus and in the larger community. Participants will increase their self-awareness through values clarification, exploring personal ethics and belief systems, and identifying personal strengths. The ELP complements classroom learning and provides students with experiential opportunities to develop and practice leadership skills.
How long does the Emerging Leaders Program last?
The ELP requires a full-year commitment. During the fall semester, students work with a variety of speakers to learn more about their own leadership style and to enhance their skills. Students will return a few days prior to the beginning of the spring semester for a retreat where they will begin working together on a community service project that will last the entire semester, giving everyone an opportunity to put their leadership skills into action.
How can I be a part of the Emerging Leaders Program?
This ELP is limited to 30 participants. For more information, contact Director of Student Volunteer Programs Charlene Elvers at (413) 748-3394 or click here to apply.