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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 SMU students, faculty, staff and influential leaders within the Dallas community. The first meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Meetings will run through the early spring semester with a graduation held at the Crain Leadership Summit on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. Students will receive a syllabus upon acceptance into the program.

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 year's retreat will be held on Monday, Sept. 11 at Group Dynamix.

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.

Crain Leadership Summit
All EL students are required to attend and participate in the Crain Leadership Summit, where they will graduate from the Emerging Leaders program and be presented to the campus. This year's summit is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018.


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 (Northeast Corner)

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