Emerging Leaders is a student leadership program specifically for sophomores and second year students who have completed 30 - 55 credit hours when the fall semester begins. Students participate in training sessions based on the Social Change Model of Leadership Development/7C's of Leadership Development and get hands on experience using these newly acquired skills.  Emerging Leaders get to join a student organization, participate in the  MGA Day of Service in September, and assist with planning of the Student Leadership Conference.  Open to all MGA students a the sophomore level, students in the program should be available to meet for trainings in Macon or Cochran.  

The application deadline for the next cohort is Tuesday, August 31, 2021.  Apply today!  As a part of the Emerging Leaders program, students will receive various free leadership development trainings ased on the Social Change Model of Leadership Development that focus on various topics such as: 

  • Consciousness of Self (Self-awareness)
  • Congruence (Personal values)
  • Commitment (Character and excellence)
  • Collaboration (Teamwork)
  • Common Purpose (Mission and vision)
  • Controversy with Civility (Conflict management)
  • Citizenship (Giving back to the community)

Trainings are led by community and campus leaders.  While some trainings could be virtual, a majority of them will be held in person on the Macon and Cochran campuses.  Click here to access the program flyer.

How to apply:  Apply by HERE by August 31 to participate in the Kick-off Event in September for your cohort on either the Macon or Cochran campus Emerging Leaders is open to all MGA undergraduates in their second year who are able to attend meetings on either the Macon or Cochran campus. 

Program Schedule:  The program will begin in September with kick-off events in  Macon and Cochran.New members will get the leadership training schedule and hear from Student Life, SGA, CAB, and other resources they will access during the year as an Emerging Leaders.  Members can anticipate coming together for trainings each month except for December and May.  In addition to the leadership training, students have a set of experiential activities they complete throughout the year, including partcipation in a student organization.  

Program Benefits:  In addition to growing as a leader and increasing your connection to the university, you will receive an Emerging Leaders t-shirt and recognition at the annual Student Leadership Programs End of the Year Celebration.  

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Additional Student Leadership Programs include Knights LEAD for new first-year/freshmen students and iLEAD Peer Educators for returning MGA upperclassmen who want to serve as peer mentors to other students.