University of Southern Indiana

Emerging Leaders

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Emerging Leaders offers USI freshman students the opportunity to develop new leadership skills, make new friends, and contribute to their university community. This program focuses on preparing individuals to succeed and contribute to USI as student leaders in subsequent years.

Emerging Leaders will hear speakers, participate in workshops, learn about leadership opportunities on campus, and participate in other events. In addition, participants will attend an all-day retreat off-campus on Saturday, January 12, 2019, and complete leadership and reflection activities to successfully graduate from the program in April. Weekly meetings are currently scheduled for Mondays from 3 - 4:30 p.m. during the spring semester. Applications are due by Friday, September 28. Interviews will occur October 10-18 and applicants will be contacted to select an interview time. 

Applications closed for 2019

Who Should Apply?

Freshman students who:
-Are committed to getting involved on campus
-Want to meet other first-year students
-Desire to develop their leadership abilities

What to Expect?

Involvement includes:
-Attendance at the welcome event and fall social events (Time, date, and locations to be announced)
-Attendance at the spring all-day retreat on Saturday, January 12, 2018 (Transportation and meals provided)
-Participation at spring semester meetings Mondays from 3 – 4:30 p.m. (no meetings on MLK Jr Day or the week of spring break)
-Complete leadership and reflection activities
-Participate in the Emerging Leaders Graduation Ceremony on Monday, April 15 from 3 – 4:30 p.m.

What Will I Gain?

-Involvement in campus life
-Introductions to leadership positions on campus
-Development of skills to benefit you personally and professionally
-Opportunities to meet other first-year students
-Opportunities to participate in leadership activities

Topics may include:

Campus Involvement Career Aspirations Character Development Community Engagement
  • Student Leadership Panel
  • Student Organization Presentation
  • Etiquette and Professionalism
  • Resume Review
  • Applications and Interviewing
  • Leadership Styles
  • Public Speaking
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Time Management
  • Global Initiatives and Opportunities
  • Multicultural Leadership
  • Civility and Conflict Management

To apply for Emerging Leaders, please complete the following application by Friday, September 28: Interviews will occur October 10-18 and applicants will be contacted to select an interview time. 

If you have any questions, contact John Race in the Office of Student Development Programs at 812-465-1088 or

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