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Emerging Leaders


2022-2023 Applications are now available

Emerging Leaders offers a group of first-year students the opportunity to develop leadership skills, make new friends, and contribute to the USI community. This program prepares individuals to succeed and contribute to USI as student leaders in subsequent years.

Emerging Leaders will hear from speakers, participate in workshops, learn about leadership opportunities, and participate in other events. Weekly sessions are on Mondays from 3 - 4:30 p.m. during the spring semester.

In addition, participants will attend the program retreat on a Saturday during the spring semester (TBA) and complete leadership and reflection activities to successfully graduate from the program in April.

Emerging Leaders Applications

Emerging Leaders Information Sheet

Upcoming Events

  • 10 a.m.- Noon | First Day of Class Photos | Breezeway
    Celebrate your first day of classes at USI while enjoying music broadcasted by the University’s own radio station, 95.7 The Spin. Say cheese! Please bring your own camera/phone. Student volunteers will take photos. Sponsored by Emerging Leaders and 95.7 The Spin

To stay up-to-date with upcoming events and hear from the Program Mentors, follow along on Instagram at @USIClassof2026.

Program Topics may include:

Campus Involvement Career Aspirations
  • Student Leadership Panel
  • Student Organization Presentations
  • School Spirit Event
  • Etiquette and Professionalism
  • Resume Review
  • Career Networking Opportunities
Character Development Community Engagement
  • Leadership Styles
  • Public Speaking
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Time Management
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Community Service and Volunteering
  • Multicultural Leadership
  • Civility and Conflict Management
  • Community Engagement Project

To apply for Emerging Leaders, please complete the following application: https://usi.presence.io/form/emerging-leaders-application. Applicants will be contacted with more information. 

Questions? Please email John Race in New Student and Transitional Programs at jrrace@usi.edu.

More information about the O'Daniel Leadership Programs and leadership resources is available at USI.edu/Leadership.