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Community Engagement & Leadership

Emerging Leaders

Be an Emerging Leader! Applications are open now through Friday, September 1. All applications must be completed and submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. CST on Friday, September 1 to be considered for the program. Applications will only be accepted through the online form via Connect.

Application Guide
Download the 2017-2018 Emerging Leaders Application Guide


Online Application Form
Emerging Leaders Application (


Did you know that according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), LEADERSHIP is the top attribute employers want to see on new college graduates’ resumes?

Emerging Leaders is a leadership development program created with first-year students in mind. If you’ve dedicated time to leadership in the past, think you have room to grow, or are just beginning to ponder what leadership means, you are welcome to join us! Whatever your experience level, we invite you to partner with other Mustangs in unpacking such questions as: What is leadership? What makes someone a leader? What kind of leader do you want to be?

Program Benefits:

  • Develop and hone personal leadership skills
  • Learn leadership theory that will aid in your growth on and off campus
  • Engage with a community of learners dedicated to leadership
  • See leadership in action while serving with a non-profit organization
  • Network with peers, program alumni, SMU staff, and other Dallas leaders

Program Components:
Students in the EL program will meet regularly on Mondays from 4 - 5:30 p.m. to learn and discuss important elements of leadership and will have the opportunity to network with students, professors, and staff at SMU, as well as with influential leaders within the Dallas community.

Emerging Leaders Retreat

Early in the EL program, a mandatory retreat is held to begin the process of leadership growth and to build the relationships that are important to the EL experience. All participants will travel to a retreat location in North Texas to experience a program facilitated by a team of professional leadership development specialists. Transportation will be provided to those accepted into the program. This retreat is typically held in early September.

Community Service
Program participants are required to serve 15 hours with an approved non-profit organization.



Each EL will have the opportunity to be matched with an alumni mentor in the Dallas area who shares similar interests or career paths. Mentors will help provide students with insights into their profession as well as advice for success.


Emerging Leaders supports the Community Engagement Proficiency through the University Curriculum.

If you have questions about the program, contact:
Rashad Givhan, Assistant Director
Community Engagement & Leadership Center
Armstrong Commons

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