If you are a first-year student interested in meeting new people, learning about yourself and others, and gaining valuable experience, then this is the program for you! The SUNY New Paltz Emerging Leaders Program is a fun and dynamic learning opportunity that will encourage you to explore an understanding of self, an understanding of others, and an understanding of what it means to be a productive community member. The program will introduce you to leadership and followership through hands-on activities, discussion groups, and self reflection.
The Emerging Leaders Program will encourage you to explore what it means to be an effective leader for today. It will provide you with the tools to explore your own definition of leadership, and experiential opportunities through service learning projects.
The program is based on the philosophy that leadership comes in many forms; you do not necessarily need to hold a formal leadership position to make a significant contribution. The Emerging Leaders Program will introduce you to leadership and followership through hands-on activities, discussion groups and self-reflection.
Being involved in Emerging Leaders will give you an opportunity to meet people and make friends with a similar drive. The program also focuses on empowering you as an individual, addressing the impact of ethics in one's life, celebrating diversity in an inclusive community and developing the skills to work within the group.
The Emerging Leaders Program is dedicated to providing a well-rounded leadership experience four our participants. We recognize Five Dimensions of Leadership that are essential for a student leader's growth and development.
Congratulations to our 2011-2012 Class of Emerging Leaders!
Asmaa Amadou, Kimberly Baldeo Ward, Stefany Batista, Payal Batra, Rachel Beaudoin, April Castillo, Lisbeth DeLeon-Pichardo, Matt Dever, Yoana Duarte, Allie Dudas, Lisbert Duran, Nicole Farriella, Alyssa Flanagan, Elizabeth Garcia, Gabby Gaynor, Velisha Guillaume, Lisa Henry, Sarah Hershey, Nadine Hofgaertner, Anne Jacobs, Alison Kilrain, Nicole Lanieri, Anna Lattanzio, Alexandra Lavrentieva, Melly Maldonado, Chris Marchitelli, Cheyanne Mazzacone, Jackie McCool, Kristina Meinardus, Ally Nasar, Brittany Noble, Mackenzie Palma, Nickki Quant, Adam Rimawi, Catherine Schembri, Nicolette Seeback, Angela Shriman, Stephanie Smith, Valerie Stanson, Juana Subi, Shannon Suhl, Jamie Tyler, Alexandra Verso, Juliette Verso, Christina Waterman, Becca Zedeck, Katherine Zink
- Global/Community Perspectives - Leaders should be mindful of the world around them. It's important to recognize the different systems and structures that are in place, and understand how to work within those structures to have a positive impact on others. These perspectives can be local (the campus, New Paltz), and far-reaching (our nation, the world).
- Ethics and Values - It's important that leaders recognize that ethics and values help identify their perspectives and opinions on almost every issue. Emerging Leaders should be able to consider how their personal values and beliefs could play a role in how they interact with the world around them.
- Personal Empowerment - A good leader is comprised of a variety of skills that can be continually enhanced and improved with time and experience. An Emerging Leader should seek to continually improve upon his/her own personal skill development (public speaking, resume building, interview techniques, etc.).
- Interpersonal Skills - Being a leader means working with people! Just as individual leadership skills can be learned and improved, so too can skills that will help a person work with others. As an Emerging Leader, you should continue to work to improve your interpersonal skills (team dynamics, conflict resolution/mediation, group organization, etc.).
- Service Learning - It's important to put some of these leadership skills into action. Giving back to the campus and community is a great experiential way for Emerging Leaders to recognize that they have the ability to impact the world around them. Through individual and group service projects, our Emerging Leaders will recognize that they can always make our world a better place.
Graduates of our Emerging Leaders Program have gone on to apply their leadership skills to a variety of areas both on-campus and in the community. Many have distinguished themselves as leaders by becoming Resident Assistants, Orientation Leaders, Student Activities Managers and involved in many clubs and organizations. The benefits of Emerging Leaders go beyond graduation however. Employers look for personal characteristics such as integrity, motivation, communication skills and self-confidence. You can begin to develop all of these skills in the Emerging Leaders Program!
The Emerging Leaders Program is a two-semester commitment to allow you to get the full benefits of the program without overwhelming you with requirements. The requirements are:
- Attend one leadership retreat per semester
- Participate in your choice of a variety of workshops, each addressing on or more of the Five Dimensions of Leadership, and presented by New Paltz faculty, staff, and administrators
- Involvement in group service learning projects (about five hours per semester)
- Completing individual community service projects (about five hours per semester)
2012-2013 Emerging Leaders Mentors
One leadership opportunity offered through The Office of Student Activities and Union Services is only available to graduates of the Emerging Leaders Program: EL Mentors. Emerging Leader Mentors work as liaisons between the Program Coordinators, the workshop facilitators and the current class of Emerging Leaders.
EL Mentor: Payal Batra
Major: Communications, Minor: Spanish
Favorite Leadership Quotation: "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Harold R. McAlindon
Best part of Emerging Leaders: I loved meeting new people and overall being absorbed into the friendly New Paltz Community through workshops and fun community service.
EL Mentor: Lisa Henry
Major: Undeclared, Minor: Music
Favorite Leadership Quote: "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Harold R. McAlindon
Best part of Emerging Leaders: I was able to meet new people and make new friends. But, most importantly, I was able to break out of my shell and be comfortable in my own skin.
Name: Jamie Tyler
Major: Public Relations
Favorite Leadership Quote: "Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality." - Warren G. Bennis
Best part of Emerging Leaders: Being able to come out of my shell and being able to be my true self. I was so comfortable around everyone.
Emerging Leaders Mentors Positions Available for 2013-2014!
Click Here for a Position Description and Application Timeline.
Click Here to fill out an Emerging Leaders Mentor Application - Due Wednesday, May 1 at 12pm.
If you have questions that aren't addressed above, please contact the Office of Student Activities and Union Services.