Carnegie Mellon University

Emerging Leaders

What is Emerging Leaders?

The Emerging Leaders program is a long-standing CMU tradition for first-year students that is held during the spring semester, kicking off with an overnight retreat at Camp Guyasuta. Emerging Leaders strives to promote the development of leadership skills through collaborative civic engagement and service initiatives within the Pittsburgh community. The experience is facilitated by Emerging Leader Mentors, student leaders who are upper-class students serving in various leadership roles on campus. The mentors are committed to serving as role models and helping first-year students discover their leadership potential.

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Leadership. Service. Learning Opportunities.

EL experiences provides an opportunity for participates to attend an overnight retreat that includes teambuilding initiatives, interactive leadership activities, self-reflection and exploration, and FUN! Students will break into small “impact groups” focused on a specific social cause led by an Emerging Leader Mentor. After the retreat, each group will meet weekly to continue to develop their leadership skills. In addition, each group will plan a community service project, partnering with a nonprofit and charitable organization within the Pittsburgh community. The program concludes with an “ELebration,” where students gather together to celebrate and share about the projects they have completed during the semester.

Why Should I Register for Emerging Leaders?

  • Meet new friends
  • Get engaged in the Pittsburgh community
  • Prepare for future leadership opportunities
  • Get involved with a cause you care about
  • Learn about yourself and others
  • Have fun!


Emerging Leaders Retreat 2017
Emerging Leaders Retreat 2017
Emerging Leaders retreat 2017