Loyola University Chicago

Student Leadership Development

Division of Student Development

Emerging Leaders Program

Emerging Leaders Program

ELP is a leadership development program that provides a space for students who are a newer to the leadership process at Loyola University Chicago to have in depth conversations about the foundations of leadership, justice, and campus involvement. ELP uses a cohort-based model to develop community among participants who meet seven times throughout the fall semester. By participating in the program students will have the opportunity to engage in the leadership process through experiential learning activities and group discussions. If you have questions about the program, please email leadership@luc.edu. Registration closes on August 31st. If you were unable to register this fall, we encourage you to sign up next fall.

When does it take place:

We have two cohorts this coming Fall, you can choose from these options: 

  • Wednesdays, 5:00-6:30PM (in Crown Center 141 on Lake Shore Campus) or
  • Thursdays, 5:00-6:30PM (in Cuneo Hall 116 on Lake Shore Campus)

The Emerging Leaders at Loyola:

  1. Meet new friends and form community
  2. Earn a certificate upon completion of the program
  3. Explore their personal philosophy of leadership
  4. Develop effective skills to work in teams
  5. Become a leader to create positive social change 

What you'll learn:

As a result of participating in the Emerging Leaders Program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the knowledge and skills they have gained that relate to values of the Social Change Model of Leadership
  • Develop and articulate a higher level of self-efficacy in their ability to engage in opportunities for leadership development
  • Build and sustain relationships with peers and/or staff in order to gain resources and support towards their involvement opportunities at Loyola and the surrounding community
  • Articulate what they have learned about themselves, others, and systems that contributes to the development of multicultural competence


Here are some of the things students have said about participating in ELP:

  • “ELP has been an amazing experience for me! ELP has helped me gain confidence in sharing my experiences. Also, highlighting my strengths has been extremely helpful.”
  • “I feel like I have learned more about myself and have become more comfortable sharing with others and have improved my leadership style.”
  • “I was able to learn more about myself through my identity as well as through my strengths that can be applied to leadership.”
  • “I’ve learned a ton about leadership at Loyola and I’ve met some really great people.”



**The Division of Student Development strives to support the university’s mission by offering programs that foster leadership development, as well as by serving and supporting students as they experience the personal transformations of a Jesuit education. With that in mind, some staff resources have recently been reallocated. As a result, at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year, there will no longer be a stand-alone unit that exists for the sole purpose of coordinating student leadership development programs. Starting in the 2018-2019 academic year, ELP will be housed within SAGA, and The People’s Institute will be housed within SDMA. The Leadership for Social Change Learning Community will continue to be coordinated by ResLife, with Shannon Howes serving as the administrative partner for this program. Students are encouraged to connect with these three programs, as well as with the many additional student leadership development experiences that exist in other areas on campus.**