Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Emerging Leaders Institute

About ELI

The Recreational Sports Emerging Leadership Institute (ELI) is a ten week program that will prepare Rec Sport students with the knowledge and skills necessary to begin making impactful and positive change within the Department of Recreational Sports and the Ohio State community as collaborative and exemplary leaders.

The objectives of the program are to enhance each participant’s personal growth and development, group dynamics and community engagement with the goal of making a global impact. Each leadership fellow will articulate their individual values and strengths. They will work cooperatively in diverse and multicultural team settings. They will also learn to understand the importance of social responsibility within one’s community. Leadership Fellows are responsible for a culminating legacy project that will impact and strengthen current partnerships within the Office of Student Life and Ohio State community.

Apply to be a Fellow

The application to be a Leadership Fellow in the Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) is now open for Spring 2019! The first cohort meeting will be held on January 24, 2019 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Please fill out the application at which will be available through Thursday, January 17, 2019.

Be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • Why do you want to be a fellow in this program? (100-300 words)
  • Tell us about a tie when your personal experiences have helped you demonstrate leadership. (100-300 words)
  • Describe a situation where you failed or faced an unexpected setback. How did you handle it, and how has it impacted your life? (100-300 words)
  • What has been a significant event or experience in your life that has shaped who you are today? 

Please complete the online application and email your resume to Liz Feldman with “ELI Application – Resume” in the subject line.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Liz Feldman.

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For more information about leadership experiences please contact Matthew Altendorf, Coordinator for Student Staff Training and Development at