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Emerging Leaders Mentors

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 2019-2020 Emerging Leaders Mentors!

ELM Renee

Emerging Leaders Mentor Renee Akselrud

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: Biology  Minor: Business
Favorite Leadership Quotation: "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." -- Robert Louis Stevenson
What is your favorite part about Emerging Leaders?: My favorite part of Emerging Leaders was how the workshops helped me grow as an individual. For me, the transition into college was challenging, but for the program to be a place where I could meet other freshmen as well as learn more about myself and leadership helped a lot. Since there were so many options for workshops, I could always find something that fit into my busy schedule which I was interested in learning about.

 

ELM Eli

Emerging Leaders Mentor Eli Dreilinger

Pronouns: He/His/Him
Major: Adolescent Education in English
Favorite Leadership Quotation: "The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there." - John Buchan
What is your favorite part about Emerging Leaders?: My favorite part about Emerging Leaders is that it helped me meet new people that had similar interests such as leadership, which helped ease the transition into college.

 

ELM Ameera

Emerging Leaders Mentor Ameera Hassan

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: Management & Marketing
Favorite Leadership Quotation: "The speed of the leader determines the rate of the pack." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
What is your favorite part about Emerging Leaders?: My favorite part of Emerging Leaders was being able to meet and interact with new people at the workshops, retreats and while completing my community service hours. I loved that we all had a passion for leadership and was able to learn more through this program as a team.

 

ELM Andrea

Emerging Leaders Mentor Andrea Jachero

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: Communication Disorders
Favorite Leadership Quotation: Everyone is a leader, you just need to put yourself out there and discover your skills!
What is your favorite part about Emerging Leaders?: My favorite part about Emerging Leaders was everything! Through the workshops and community service, it caused me to go out of my comfort zone and enhance my public speaking and communication skills. With the knowledge I gained in Emerging Leaders, I participated in on-campus events that offered a public speaking role and did well enough to impress my audience. I never would have seen myself taking these positions if I had not participated in Emerging Leaders. In college and beyond, I will continue to use these skills I gained in Emerging Leaders.

 

ELM Rahul

Emerging Leaders Mentor Rahul Joseph

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Major: Computer Science
Favorite Leadership Quotation: "Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations." - Dr. Mae Jemison
What is your favorite part about Emerging Leaders?: My favorite part about Emerging Leaders is being able to attend workshops and see myself progressively develop into a better leader.