University of Missouri

Leadership Development

Office of Student Engagement


Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is an 11 week non-credit leadership series for first-year (freshmen and transfer) students that aims to build and develop students’ leadership skills, teambuilding abilities, leadership knowledge base, and self-awareness.

Applications open at the beginning of each semester.

Students commit 1.5 hours a week to this highly interactive program which uses mostly experiential learning to explore consciousness of self, ethics, problem solving strategies, teamwork, personal leadership and communication styles, and strengths. Several sessions are held each semester. ELP is a great start to getting involved on campus and is a great way to meet fellow future leaders at Mizzou.

Applications for the fall sessions are open throughout the summer and close shortly after the start of the fall semester. Spring session applications open shortly before the start of winter break and close shortly after students return for the spring semester.

Emerging Leaders Program Interest form

ELP Peer Facilitators

Each year, past ELP participants have the opportunity to apply to be peer facilitators. Peer facilitators serve as mentors to current ELP participants, as well as plan outside social activities for participants, and assist with the facilitation of weekly sessions. Peer facilitators gain communication, facilitation, problem solving, time management, and mentoring skills.
Applications for peer facilitators are available during the spring semester.

For more information please email or call 573-882-8585.

It made learning how to be an even more influential leader interesting and fun. You came up with creative ideas and made us nudge heads, but in the end we all worked as a team. I learned there are so many diverse leadership and personality styles and just how important it is to understand not only your own, but others’. ELP was such a great program that helped me shape who I want to be in college.Fall 2013 ELP Participant