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 for 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!

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Congratulations to our 2015-2016 Emerging Leaders Graduates!
Danielle Bilder, Armanis Brown, Cabuk Cansu, Nicole Cagar, Catherine Callan, Kevin Castel, Katherine Castro, Maryanna Cocchiara, Autumn DiGoski, Riley Denaker, Cheyanne Dietz, Marise Elias, Danielle Epstein, Victoria Falco, Bianca Fields, Jennifer Galvin, Laila Garcia, Krystal Glenn, Rui Gomes, Nicole Guastella, Andrene Higgins, Geraldine Humbert, Rumi Iwata, Amanda Kam, Theresa Liang, Stephanie Liew, Dana Liuzzi, Monique Lowe, Sabrina Martinez, Kathleen McCutchen, Christina Millan, Jamie Nicholls, Valentina Orozco, Caitlin Reardon, Michelle Romeika, Anna Samuelsen, Nicole Santa Maria, Katrina Scarimbolo, Laura Scarimbolo, Kate Sears, Chastity Seda, Ariana Shushan, Josh Siegel,Diana Suarez, Sachin Thackeray, Maureen Turner, Tiana Valentin, Fannely Valerio, John Villa, Claire Williams, Tenzin Youdon



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 on-campus leadership retreat per semester
  • Participate in five one-hour workshops (you get to choose which ones!), each addressing one or more of the Five Dimensions of Leadership, and presented by SUNY New Paltz faculty and administrators
  • Participate in 10 total hours of community service projects throughout the year

2015-2016 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 Coordinator, the workshop facilitators and the current class of Emerging Leaders.

EL Mentor: Catherine Callan
Major: Undeclared
Favorite Leadership Quotation: "Don't follow the crowd; let the crowd follow you." - Margaret Thatcher
Best part of Emerging Leaders: I loved the opportunities the program gave me and the confidence I've gained from being an Emerging Leader.

EL Mentor: Geraldine Humbert
Major: Political Science
Minor: Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Favorite Leadership Quotation: "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." - Alice Walker
Best part of Emerging Leaders: What I like best about Emerging Leaders is that it is a strong bridge to success because along the way you gain leadership skills, build connections, learn new things about yourself, and become a better leader and stronger person.

EL Mentor: Diana Suarez
Major: Psychology
Favorite Leadership Quote: "Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience." -Paulo Coelho
Best part of Emerging Leaders: I loved all the workshops. They were all very interesting and you always learned something new from them.

EL Mentor: Fannely Valerio
Major: Digital Media Programming and Management
Favorite Leadership Quote: "Leadership is a way of thinking, a way of acting, and, most importantly, a way of communicating." - Simon Sinek
Best part of Emerging Leaders: I liked meeting different students, faculty, and staff members. It really helped me become comfortable at New Paltz because I recognized a lot more faces. I enjoyed all the workshops that I went to and I always left with one or two new friends.