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As participants in the program, Emerging Leaders participants are required to: 

  • Engage with a second-year mentor who will be assigned to them as a guide throughout their Emerging Leaders Program experience.
  • Participate in leadership events sponsored throughout their first year, including the completion of 20 hours of service and leadership participation each semester, as well as a capstone university initiatives project.
  • Enroll in VCU Emerging Leaders related core-curriculum courses (UNIV 270 and LDRS 200).
  • Attend Ram Camp, a week-long leadership experience, from August 13-18, 2017 and the Emerging Leaders kick-off currently scheduled for Saturday, August 19. 
  • Live in the Emerging Leader community located in the Grace and Broad Residence Hall, should they choose to live on-campus.
  • Maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA once at VCU.
  • Attend bi-weekly meetings with full program staff and participants.


All students at ELP Completion Ceremony

All students at ELP Completion Ceremony



What are Mentees?

First year students in ELP are categorized as ‘mentees'. Mentees are paired with second year mentors who guide and encourage them throughout the year. Mentees and mentors will work in small groups that we call "pods."


What are SuperPod Projects?

Mentee/Mentor "pods" will join together to work throughout the year on what we call “SuperPod Projects.” Click the “SuperPod Projects” tab on the left to read about some of the successful projects we have done in past years. These projects are year-long group efforts to improve the VCU Campus and greater Richmond Community. Doing these projects with your peers will help you gain time management, leadership, teambuilding, some financial planning skills, and it will help you foster connections throughout the university and community.


What Coursework is required?

Mentees are required enroll in one class per semester for this program. Students will enroll in UNIV 270 in the fall and LDRS 200 in the spring. See course descriptions below.

UNIV 270 – 3 Credit Hours

This seminar will provide an overview of the theories, models, and perspectives of the field of leadership studies. Students will explore leadership in terms of the role of the leader, the role of the follower, and the context in which leadership occurs. With an emphasis on practical application of leadership theory, students will evaluate their own leadership experiences in terms of the course content, while also exploring contemporary examples of leadership. 

LDRS 200 – 1 Credit Hour

This seminar will introduce students to leadership by exploring a variety of historical and contemporary leaders and discussing the impact of their leadership on the world.  Students will also discuss the ways in which their own leadership development can contribute to their success both in the classroom and their community.   


Mandatory Meetings

We have one hour meetings from 5-6PM on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. These meetings are mandatory for all students to regroup as a program.


Scholarship Award

The 1st year Mentees will receive a $1,000 scholarship for the first semester and have the opportunity for a renewed scholarship for second semester if the Mentee meets specified goals.


What our mentees have to say:

"My favorite part of ELP is coming together and working on projects I am passionate about with fellow mentees through my pod and superpod." - Riley Hammond, Class of 2019

"I enjoy being a part of a close community with mentors available to help me and answer any questions." - Hailey Smith, Class of 2019

"My favorite part of ELP Is definitely how friendly everyone is and how accepting they are of one another. Everyone in this program is honestly so great, and I know I've made genuine friends." - Lauren Turman, Class of 2019

"My favorite part of ELP is gaining new practical perspectives on what it means to be a leader and how it directly defines my 'brand.'" - Drashty Moody, Class of 2019