Leadership Development

Emerging Leaders Institute

The Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) is an incredible weekend retreat that prepares 50-60 first-year students to take on leadership roles at USF. This interactive experience helps students:

ELI is designed and led by a team of awesome student facilitators—successful student leaders who have developed their leadership skills and made a major impact on campus.

ELI 2019 will be hosted February 2-3, 2019!  The participant application is due October 19, 2018.


Contact 2018-19 ELI Board Chair, Kinjal Jethalal, at kinjalj@usf.edu with any questions.


About the ELI Board

The ELI Director provides the overall vision for the Institute and assists the ELI Advisor with the selection, training, and development of the ELI Facilitators and Interns. The Director presides over weekly meetings with the ELI Facilitators, oversees ELI curriculum development, and serves as the first point of contact for student participants.

The ELI Facilitators are experienced student leaders who provide support to first year students through education and mentoring. Facilitators work throughout the year to develop the ELI curriculum, creating large group activities that are interactive, challenging, and fun! Facilitators also plan small group discussions that are reflective and challenge first year students to apply what they have learned during the Institute.

The ELI Interns assist with the administrative and logistical functions of the Institute. The Interns work closely with the Director throughout the year to recruit and engage participants for the retreat. During ELI, the Interns manage check-in and room assignments, coordinate all meals, and assist Facilitators with seamlessly transitioning activities.

Meet the ELI Board

Board Chair: Kinjal Jethalal
Interns: Cristina De La Cruz, Jasmine Yab
Mentors: Camila Castro, Alexis Esparaza, Isaac Glener, Mistelle Haughton, Luke Henderson, Kara Keiper, Hunter Molloy, Deep Nair, Emma Tumarkin, Paige Walsh, Martha Williams