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 Congratulations to the Dr. Brenda White Wright Emerging Leaders Academy Class of 2020!


Samuel Garcia - Savana Edwards - Porsha Farmer - Matthew Calhoun - Max Howell - Tanner Croom - Ethan Sherrer - Zachary Keel - Tucker McKinney  A'Maya Joiner - Amyre Cain - Abigail Germ - Sadie King - Isaac Manley -                          Amanda Wheeler - Sidney Bagley - Heather Strickland                               Vanessa Cox - Autumn Hemontolor - Allie Hunt - De'Kliah Kelly - Bailey Robinson - Gaige Wallace

 Mission: To identify, encourage, and support students as they develop knowledge and skills to become effective servant leaders at ETSU and beyond.

The Dr. Brenda White Wright Emerging Leaders Academy is an eight week leadership development program with weekly meetings that focus on critical skills such as leadership style, diversity and inclusion, communication, conflict management and time management. Selected participants will attend an overnight "advance" and complete a service project in order to receive ETSU's Emerging Leaders Certificate.

Program Objectives:

  • Students will explore their own diverse leadership styles and strengths
  • Students will participate in developmental activities relating to advocacy and diversity appreciation
  • Students will learn about and have an opportunity to work in a team
  • Students will complete a service project
  • Students will learn valuable skills (e.g. communication, inclusion, time management, conflict resolution, problem solving) that are applicable to leadership situations
  • Students will become aware of general University procedures and resources available.

Application and Selection

The Emerging Leaders Academy is open to any student who is in "good academic standing" and has not held a position of leadership in a student organization. Preference is given to first year students with the intent that participants apply the leadership skills gained from the Academy on campus in the coming years. The eight week program takes place each spring and students accepted must attend 100% of the scheduled dates in order to receive the certificate of completion.

Emerging Leaders Academy graduates have become: 

  • Various roles with Student Government Association (President, Secretary, Senator, Chief of Staff) 
  • President of Buctainment, ETSU's Student Programming Board 
  • International Buccaneer Buddies Group Leader 
  • President of various student organizations (Volunteer ETSU)   
  • Various roles with ETSU Housing (Resident Assistant, Hall Council) 

Required Dates for the Class of 2020: 

Welcome Reception (Meet & Greet), 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 

  • Friday, January 17th, 2020 

Overnight "Advance" 

  • Saturday, January 18th (leave from the D.P. Culp Center at 11:00 a.m.) to Monday, January 20th (return to campus around noon)  

Weekly meetings, Mondays, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 

  • January 27th
  • February 3rd 
  • February 10th 
  • February 17th 
  • February 24th 
  • March 2nd 
  • March 9th 
  • March 23rd 

Volunteer Hours 

  • 01/20/20, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Graduation Ceremony, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 

  • March 30th

ELA 2019 Graduation from ETSU SORC on Vimeo.

News & Events  

Applications for the 2020 Class of the Emerging Leaders are now closed!
Required Dates for
the Class of 2020: 
Welcome Reception
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
  • 1/17/20
Overnight "Advance" 
  • 1/18/20 - 1/20/20 
Weekly meetings, Mondays, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
  • 1/27/20
  • 2/3/20
  • 2/10/20
  • 2/17/20
  • 2/24/20
  • 3/2/20
  • 3/9/20
  • 3/23/20
Volunteer Hours 
  • 01/20/20, 9:00 a.m.  -12:00 p.m.
Graduation Ceremony
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
  • 3/30/20


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