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Emerging Leader Program

Since its inception in 1988, Boston College's Emerging Leader Program (ELP) has become the flagship program for first-year students to join. ELP is a one-year leadership development program for a select group of 50 first-year students. It is designed to build leadership skills and potential; foster interpersonal, social, ethical and moral development; and instill an attitude of involvement and responsibility at Boston College and the community 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-curriculuar 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 following areas: 
  • Cultural Competency
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Active Involvement
  • Ethical Decision Making

The Emerging Leader Program is dedicated to assisting in the development 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, and director of the Program do their best to ensure that the ELP students gain valuable experience that sets a firm foundation for their college experience and beyond.