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Emerging Leaders Program

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The Emerging Leaders Program at Rhode Island College is designed to help students develop their leadership potential through participation in a series of interactive workshops and experiential learning opportunities. The program runs throughout the fall semester on most Friday afternoons from 2-4pm and an additional one-day weekend team building retreat (online or in-person depending on current social distancing guidelines).

What is the purpose of the program?

The Program aims to provide a foundation for students to become confident, aware, and engaged citizens.via session topics that address personality and self-awareness, values and personal mission, wellness and balance, introduction to difference, and intercultural communication. 

How will I benefit from being involved?

Program benefits for student participation include recognition as a student leader at Rhode Island College, developing resume credentials, networking, practicing skills to be a successful global citizen and future professional, exposure to new ideas and experiences, making new friends and having fun. Those who complete the program in its entirety receive a certificate and have the option to continue with the program for the spring semester to assist with planning the Leadership Weekend.

What is the time commitment? Will I have to take tests or do homework assignments?

The program hours are Friday afternoons from 2-4pm and an additional one-day weekend team building retreat (online or in-person depending on current social distancing guidelines).There are no tests or traditional homework assignments.

How do I apply?

The program is intended for Rhode Island College undergraduates is free and limited to 15 students selected through and online APPLICATION by Friday, September 11, 2020. 

How are the workshop topics selected?

Workshop topics are based on research regarding student development theory and desired college outcomes. Examples of this research include Creswell, Donovan, and Olson's workbook entitled "Is Your Life in Balance?", based on Hettler's Dimensions of Wellness; Bennett's Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity; Jakes and Cassidy's Model for Citizen Development and Community Change; and Ender and Newton's Guide for Peer Educators on College Campuses.

Who do I contact for more information?

Kristen Salemi
Director, Student Union
Student Union 408
ksalemi@ric.edu
(401) 456-8538 

Page last updated: July 29, 2020