The Emerging Leadership Project (ELP) is a year-long program focusing on leadership development and service.

This program was intentionally designed for ALL students, regardless of their previous experience with leadership or service. We have created the ELP to offer students a highly impactful and comprehensive co-curricular leadership development experience. Participants will be able to apply the skills learned in this program to all aspects of their college career, as well as their future endeavors.

Students will complete the ELP as a small cohort, coming together for bi-weekly meetings that are designed to be engaging, fun, and impactful. These cohort meetings will also be used for small groups to collaborate on service projects that connect with an issue they are passionate about.

The 2022 Cohort

The inaugural ELP inaugural cohort will begin in winter term 2022, and meet for winter, spring, and fall terms. Cohort meetings will take place every other Wednesday from 4:00–6:00 p.m. Applications will open September 2021, and the deadline will be November 3, 2021. 

What Will I Get Out of the ELP? 

  • Leadership Skill Development: This program is designed to develop your leadership skills through intentionally crafted workshops and experiential application. During the program we will take a deep dive into exploring your strengths, identities, and passions and how they intersect with leadership. We will also teach tangible leadership skills, such as facilitation, conflict resolution, inclusive practices, and much more.
  • Direct Service Experience: By the end of the program, you will design and implement a service project related to your interests that directly benefits our local community. To assist you in this process, we will provide one-on-one mentorship, help you make connections with community partners, and share valuable project management skills.
  • Career Readiness: ELP has been designed to help students develop the skills most sought after by employers, such as problem-solving, leadership, teamwork, communication, and more. Before you finish the program we will work with you to help craft impactful application materials that best highlight your skills and experiences.
  • Community and Connections: Students will spend a year together as a cohort, allowing you to build genuine and long-lasting friendships. Additionally, this program will help you make valuable networking connections with UO staff and community members.

Who Can Apply for ELP?

The Emerging Leadership Program was designed for all students, regardless of class-standing, GPA, major, or previous leadership experience. The only requirement is that your anticipated graduation date must not be before fall 2022.

Have Questions?

Email us at, or call Sarah Blanchard at 541-346-8548.

Application Information

Applications are required to participate in the Emerging Leadership Project. Application for the 2022 cohort will open September 15, 2021.