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.

Vision: We will empower transformative leaders to change the world.

Mission: To redefine student leaders through a holistic peer-to-peer experiential learning program that inspires civic engagement and lifelong agents of change.

Apply to be a Fellow

The application to be a Leadership Fellow in the Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) is currently closed but will reopen soon for the autumn 2019 cohort.

Time Commitment

Cohort meetings: Every Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m., 10 weeks, excludes academic calendar breaks

Cluster Meetings: 2 hours per week (scheduled around availability)

Time Commitment: 4 hours per week

Attendance at cohort and cluster meetings are mandatory and vital to your success in the program. Please only apply if you know that you are available on Thursday nights from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

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