Since its inception in 1988, Boston College’s Emerging Leader Program (ELP) has earned the reputation of being a premiere leadership program for first-year students. ELP is a one-year leadership development program for a select group of 50 first-year students who want to develop their unique leadership style and use their talents to leave a positive mark on the BC community. This program is designed to build leadership skills and potential; foster interpersonal skills and ethical decision-making; and inspire ELP students to get involved in the organizations and causes they are passionate about in the BC community and beyond.
By participating in the Emerging Leader Program, freshmen participants will:
1. Identify and explore their personal leadership style
2. Acquire leadership skills that can be applied to academic and extra-curricular experiences
3. Engage in reflection and self-assessment
4. Demonstrate what it means to be a contributing member of a community by increasing their skills and/or awareness in the areas of cultural competency, conflict resolution, active involvement and ethical decision making.
The Emerging Leader Program is dedicated to mentoring and developing the skills of some of Boston College’s finest and most diverse students. The world is a place of great variety, and it needs a variety of great leaders. The facilitators, coordinator, graduate assistant, and director empower ELP students to be their best, most authentic selves, which in turn sets a firm foundation for their college experience and beyond.
“ELP, in my experience, has been family away from family, friends away from friends, advocates, confidants, advisors, and inspirations. While the main goal of the program is to empower us and develop our leadership skills, it accomplishes vastly more, and thus within the group, I have found no shortage of hands to hold and hearts to cherish. I can confidently say that I have learned more about who I am as a person in my few months with ELP than I have in my entire life. To put it simply, ELP is discovery, and I am thankful for all that it has given me.”
ELP Freshmen, Class of 2019