The Emerging Leadership Project 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 Emerging Leadership Project 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 Emerging Leadership Project 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 Emerging Leadership Project 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.

What Will I Get Out of the Emerging Leadership Project?

  • 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: The program 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.

What Will the Year Look Like?

Each quarter will focus on different themes and teach different skills. Here is a snapshot of what each quarter will look like: 

QUARTER #1: Winter 2022

  • Leadership skill development
  • Inclusive leadership practices
  • Strategies for balancing leadership responsibilities
  • Identifying and utilizing our leadership strengths
  • Aligning our leadership practices with our values
  • Overcoming imposter feelings

QUARTER #2: Spring 2022

  • Strategies for building a community and managing group dynamics
  • Project management skills
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Equitable and anti-racist leadership practices
  • Forming project teams and identifying service projects

QUARTER #3: Fall 2022

  • Planning and implementing service projects
  • Strategies for intentional and impactful community engagement
  • Advanced project management skills
  • Connection and collaborating with community partners
  • Career readiness skills, including networking and application materials

Who Can Apply for Emerging Leadership Project?

The 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.

Opportunities for Funding Your Service Project

  • Interested in environmental justice? As part of the Just Future Initiative at the University of Oregon, the Student Sustainability Center is excited to launch the Environmental Justice Fellows cohort in collaboration with the Emerging Leadership Project. The fellowship awards $1,500 to students dedicated to helping their communities by becoming an environmental justice leader, and an additional $1,000 will be provided to help fund their environmental justice-related projects. Students can apply for the fellowship at the same time they apply for the Emerging Leadership Project.
  • Students can apply for up to $1,000 to fund service projects that are providing a service to a community organization, through the Holden Center's Service Grants program. Students will have the opportunity to apply for a grant after Emerging Leadership Project begins.

Have Questions?

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

Application Information

Students are required to apply to participate in the Emerging Leadership Project. Applications for the winter 2022 cohort are now closed.