SPECIAL NOTE: The NACADA Emerging Leaders Program has been thriving for
15 years. In consultation with the ELP Advisory Board and NACADA’s Executive
Director, we have decided to pause the ELP program for 2023. We will take some
time to assess the program. We thought this a good time to look at the origin
of the program, its structure and curriculum, and glean feedback from ELP
participants and members to see what opportunities exist to enhance the program into the
future. Once complete we intend to restart the ELP after this hiatus. We
anticipate the next ELP class will begin 2024-2025.
The previous requirements for the Emerging Leader applicants are: (subject to change)
- At the time of application, must have been a member (general)
of NACADA for at least TWO (2) years and must be a current NACADA
member - NO EXCEPTIONS. (It is recommended that an applicant have at
least 3 years of NACADA membership before applying for this program.)
- Must be able to demonstrate active involvement in the association.
- Must be able to articulate goals for increasing involvement in
NACADA leadership and how taking part in the program will support those
- Must be able to articulate how their participation in the program
will support the program goal of providing intentional leadership
development to members of populations within the NACADA membership who
are underrepresented in the association leadership.
- Must agree to a two-year mentorship period, and a total of 2 1/2
years with the program (which includes preparatory assignments over the
summer prior to the leader-mentor pairing, which takes place at
the program Orientation).
- Must be willing and able to attend monthly online meetings
in the Zoom environment during the four months (June, July, August,
September) prior to the mentorship period to discuss preparatory
assignments and become acquainted with potential mentors. (Date/times
will be determined after the class is selected.)
- Must be willing and able to attend the Orientation session, which will be held on-site at the Annual Conference.
This session serves as the kick-off to the 2-year mentorship period,
and as noted elsewhere, a $2000 stipend is provided to Emerging Leaders
to assist with travel/lodging/registration costs.
- Must agree to take part in personal and program evaluation and assessment.
Those selected for the program are encouraged to attend the
association's Annual Conferences, where on-site networking opportunities
will be provided for the current classes. At the Annual Conference
which takes place at their completion of the program, Emerging Leaders
and their Mentors are recognized for their accomplishment at an Awards