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Emerging Leaders

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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.

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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.

  • 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!


EL Grads 2014

Congratulations to our 2013-2014 Emerging Leaders Graduates!

Kimberly Aguilar, Elizabeth Aiello, Zamanta Alcala, Karina Alvarado, Jalitza Baez,
Nicholas Barrett, Rachel Benoit, Kristina Bertolino, Ariel Borkowsky, Kristen Bucki,
Andrew Caceres, Krystal Caceres, Emily Castro, Jasmin Chabla, Anny Chen,
Ashley Cimato, Emily De Jesus, Nicole DeRobertis, Briana Dunlay, Michelle Fasano,
Timothy Gage, Desiree Gonzalez, Nicole Gottschalk, Lindsay Granat, Heather Handler,
Karen Ho, Genevieve Hudson, Hanna Kasahara, Kristen Kelley, Kerry Kennedy,
Nicole Kreuz, Samuel Levitt, Xu Li, Katherine Maglione, Mona Mahraoui,
Samantha Manno, Daniella Marine, Jefiny Marte, Mirella Martinez,
Tanner Martin-Ignaffo, Steven Moon, Sarah Moran, Raine Nel, Alex Newman, Ko Fai Ng, Victoria O'Connor, Ashley Pabon, Jared Peer, Ryan Percy, Eloise Pillarella, Amya Pinka, Molly Poniatowski, Arjeta Prenaj, Carmela Rigaglia, Stefanie Rodriguez,
Kimberly Roman, Rosa Rosario, Stephanie Ryba, Nima Sherpa, Kelsey Simmons,
Nobue Tashiro, Juan Taveras, Indiana Terrero, Marijane Tinoco, Sarah Tishler,
Gabriella Vetro, Renee Wallace, John Weaver, Alexandra Wheelock,
Bellah Williams, Elizabeth Wilson, Sarah Woods



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)

2014-2015 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: Steven Moon
Major: Accounting/Finance
Favorite Leadership Quotation: "If you want a quality, act as if you already have it." - William James
Best part of Emerging Leaders: The workshops were geared towards looking at things in a different perspective, so I always left learning something new about myself.

EL Mentor: Sarah Moran
Major: Communication Disorders and Spanish
Favorite Leadership Quotation: "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams
Best part of Emerging Leaders: I learned something new from each workshop and am now confident and comfortable to strive for any leadership position possible.

EL Mentor: Raine Nel
Major: Sociology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Favorite Leadership Quote: "To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Best part of Emerging Leaders: The opportunities!  I've had chances to discover new things, make new friends, and grow as a person more than I ever thought I could, thanks to Emerging Leaders.

Name: Liz Wilson
Major: Psychology
Favorite Leadership Quote: "What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals."
Best part of Emerging Leaders: I loved going to all the programs and meeting new people.