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Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders Program?

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The co-curricular Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is designed to educate, engage, and empower all UDM students. Using the “Social Change Model,” the ELP offers students the opportunity to explore their leadership potential and abilities through involvement in programs, events, and activities that include learning, leadership, spirituality, and service, on and off campus.

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All UDM students have the chance to experience and live the UDM Mission.  As a student who lives UDM's mission, you will learn to exhibit leadership for the common good. Those students who choose to intentionally develop their leadership capacity will be recognized for their achievements by earning a Leadership Pin or a Leadership Medallion.ELP Medallion

Students often exhibit leadership on campus in both formal and informal ways. You are likely already doing a number of things that fall within the categories of the above criteria for leadership development within UDM’s Conceptual Model for Social Change. This means that you are also meeting the criteria for the Emerging Leaders Program!

The Institute for Leadership & Service will give you recognition for the work you are doing, while encouraging you to excel and experience further leadership development opportunities to become leaders who serve the community. Recognition will be in the form of the Leadership Pin or the Leadership Medallion.

The John Daniels Student Servant Leader of the Year

The student(s) awarded The John Daniels Servant Leader of the Year has shown outstanding growth throughout their undergraduate career at UDM and has distinguished themselves by exemplary commitment in the role of servant leader. This award was named for John Daniels, Director of the Institute for Leadership and Service from 2001 to 2009. 

To find out more about the program or to get started:

  1. Please view the program presentation (PDF)
    ELP Presentation

  2. Send an e-mail to elp@udmercy.edu stating your interest and you will be given access to a Blackboard Course so that you can stay in touch with the Emerging Leaders Program and all its activities, events, and participants. An institute staff member will contact you regarding your interest. You will use Blackboard to submit all requirements that you have completed for the Emerging Leaders Program.

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ELP Worksheet

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*This worksheet is for tracking purposes only, not for submission. All submissions must be done on Blackboard under the "Submit Requirements" folder for the ELP course. 

Ready to Obtain the Emerging Leader Medallion or Pin?


Check out the Emerging Leaders Program FAQs to answer any questions you may have! If you have more questions, feel free to email elp@udmercy.edu.

Upcoming Events

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Director of the Emerging Leaders Program: Kathleen Zimmerman-Oster, PhD

Assistant Director of the Emerging Leaders Program: Kari Hoepner

Office Hours: Monday 11:00am-1:00pm, Tuesday & Thursday 12:45pm-2:45pm

Email: elp@udmercy.edu