Student Life

Emmanuel Leadership Academy

The Emmanuel College Leadership Academy is a leadership development program geared toward first-year college students who demonstrate leadership potential, commitment to the future of Emmanuel College and a strong drive to achieve great things at EC. The Leadership Academy is based in the social change model of leadership, which is a purposeful, collaborative, values-based approach that results in positive change for participants and the larger campus community.

Using a small cohort model, facilitators and participants will meet weekly to engage in conversations around the 7 C's of leadership.  Students will keep a leadership journal, and work on a year long reflection process that will illuminate the ways they may become change agents on campus and beyond.

Leadership Academy shows the College's commitment to, and investment in, the development of student leaders. This yearlong leadership development program will prepare participants to take on roles within the college and challenge them to begin creating a legacy during their college experience.  Our leadership model will also help to reinforce the college's commitment to service and community engagement.

Interested students should complete our online interest form as soon as possible, our program will kick off on September 21, 2017.


ECLA is grounded in the social change model of leadership development, which aims to help student leaders to:

  • Understand the meaning of social change, identify social problems, and come together with others in a movement for change
  • Understand how the social change model can produce self-sustaining change, and recognize the power of working with groups and committees dedicated to change
  • Comprehend and utilize the interconnected 7 C's of Leadership: citizenship, collaboration, common purpose, controversy with civility, consciousness of self, congruence and commitment
  • Learn how to promote collaboration and teamwork amongst diverse groups of people.
  • Know the difference between conflict and controversy, and engage in meaningful dialogues with those of differing opinions.
  • Identify individual personality traits, strengths, values and abilities and learn to value self-awareness 
  • How to act with integrity and demonstrate congruence between personal beliefs and external behaviors.
  • Identify the power they posses as an individual, and how the posses the abilities to become a change agent in their community.

All information taken from Leadership for a Better World: Understanding the Social Change Model of Leadership Development Instructor's Manual (National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs)


Participants in the Leadership Academy are expected to attend regularly scheduled lectures, held Thursdays from 12:30-1:30pm in the fall semester.  Additional workshops and off-campus excursions will be scheduled for the spring semester.

Session Dates For Fall 2017:

  • September 21
  • September 28
  • October 5
  • October 12
  • October 19
  • October 26
  • November 2
  • November 9
  • November 16
  • November 30
  • December 7

Students should complete our online interest form and plan to attend our information session on September 6 at 5:30pm in Wilkens Science Center, Room 113.


For more information on Leadership Academy, please contact Kelli Connors, Assistant Director of Student Involvement and Leadership Development.