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Emerging Leaders Mentor

Emerging Leaders Mentors (ELMs) are graduated alumni of the Emerging Leaders Program who have been selected to work with the current class of Emerging Leaders. ELMs are peer mentors and are considered role models and are wonderful resources for students in the Emerging Leaders program. They help with workshops, socials, retreats and the end-of-the-year graduation ceremony. Most importantly, these students are just available to answer questions and help an Emerging Leader navigate his/her first year at New Paltz.

Meet the 2018-2019 Emerging Leaders Mentors!

ELM Mimi

Emerging Leaders Mentor Mimi Aktar

Major: English

Favorite Leadership Quotation: “Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.” - Warren Bennis

What is your favorite part about Emerigng : My favorite part about Emerging Leaders is discovering more about myself. It seems simple but, going to the workshops I gained so much clarity about myself. From figuring out my values to my leadership style, my favorite part was learning more about who I am, and that helped me uncover who I am as a leader. I believe, leadership begins with understanding ourselfs and Emerging Leaders provides the tools to do so.


ELM Haley

Emerging Leaders Mentor Haley Hershenson

Major: Early Childhood Education with a concentration in English

Favorite Leadership Quotation: "You must do the things you think you cannot do." -Eleanor Roosevelt

What is your favorite part about Emerging Leaders?: My favorite part was getting to choose from a variety of workshops and tailor my experience and leadership development by finding ones I was really interested in, as well as networking with different faculty on campus and other first-year students.


ELM Matt

Emerging Leaders Mentor Matt Kreuz

Major: Economics and Political Science

Favorite Leadership Quotation: "Just remember, you can't climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets." - Arnold Schwarzenegger

What is your favorite part about Emerging Leaders?: Getting together with the other Emerging Leaders for workshops and hanging out after the workshops would end.


ELM Arya

Emerging Leaders Mentor Arya Martinez

Major: Economics

Favorite Leadership Quotation: “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy

What is your favorite part about Emerging Leaders?: My favorite part about Emerging Leaders was meeting other first year students who have similar interests as me, especially regarding leadership.This program teaches you that leadership is process, therefore it will take time. This journey became even more enjoyable knowing there were other students willing to take the time to learn valuable skills and identifying abilities within each other that will lead to a great leader.


ELM Stephanie

Emerging Leaders Mentor Stephanie Molina

Major: Digital Media Production & Finance

Favorite Leadership Quotation: "If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done." -Unknown

What is your favorite part about Emerging Leaders?: My favorite part about Emerging Leaders is having the opportunity to explore events & workshops on campus that I wouldn't have discovered otherwise!


ELM Valeria

Emerging Leaders Mentor Valeria Perez

Major: Psychology and Minor in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Favorite Leadership Quotation: "I think leadership is service and there is power in that giving: to help people, to inspire and motivate them to reach their fullest potential" -Denise Morrison

What is your favorite part about Emerging Leaders?: My favorite part about Emerging Leaders is the impact and growth it can give to freshman as a leader and individual. Believe me, the transition from high school to college can be quite hard! But through all the workshops, community service and, new friendships the program exposes you to, it made my first year much easier and fun!   


ELM Sneha

Emerging Leaders Mentor Sneha Varghese

Major: Biology - Cellular/Molecular

Favorite Leadership Quotation: "The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already" - John Buchan

What is your favorite part about Emerging Leaders?: The best part about being an Emerging Leader is having like-minded people that you can trust and lean on. As a freshman, it is a great place to make new friends, make connections, and gain leadership skills all at once. It's what helped me my first year here and I absolutely loved it. I think it's a great de-stressor from all your college courses and a fun way to learn more about yourself through the workshops and retreats.