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:

  • Enhance their understanding of leadership
  • Explore personal values and interests
  • Create a comfort and desire to seek out leadership opportunities
  • Gain credit toward becoming a USF Certified Student Leader
  • Meet other aspiring student leaders to make lasting friendships!

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.

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