Emerging Leaders

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What is The Emerging Leaders Program?

Emerging Leaders is a UNC Charlotte tradition founded in 1980 that offers a select group of UNC Charlotte freshmen the opportunity to develop leadership skills, while making friends and having a great time. If you want to get involved and make a true contribution to the campus community, this program is ideal for you!

Emerging Leaders provides leadership training and mentorship to approximately 60 UNC Charlotte freshmen. The purpose of the program is to maximize the ability of these individuals to succeed and contribute to UNC Charlotte as student leaders in the coming years.

Freshmen accepted into the program meet on three Sunday evenings during the fall semester and then each Wednesday during the spring semester from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Emerging Leaders listen to speakers, participate in workshops, learn about leadership opportunities on campus, and participate in community service and social events. Participants also attend a retreat at Camp Dogwood in January and a graduation brunch in April.

Who Should Apply?

Freshmen who:

  • Are committed to getting involved on campus
  • Want to meet other new students
  • Were leaders in high school
  • Were not involved in high school activities but want to take that step at UNC Charlotte

What to Expect?

Involvement includes:

  • Attendance at the three fall meetings
  • Attendance at the Spring Retreat in January
  • Payment of the $60 non-refundable participation fee
  • Presence at the spring semester meetings on Wednesdays from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
  • Presence at a minimum of two social or community service events

What Will I Gain?


  • Involvement in campus life
  • An introduction to leadership positions on campus
  • Development of skills that will benefit you personally and professionally
  • Social, intramural, and community service activities

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Leadership Styles
  • Etiquette and Professionalism
  • Applications and Interviewing
  • Public Speaking
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Multicultural Leadership
  • Conflict Management