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TheELPlogo.gif Diversity Committee developed the NACADA Emerging Leaders Program to encourage members from diverse backgrounds to get involved in leadership opportunities within the organization, outfit participants with the skills and tools necessary to pursue elected and appointed leadership positions, increase the number of leaders from diverse groups, and encourage and assist members of underrepresented populations to attend State, Regional, or Annual Conferences.

Members of the Emerging Leaders Classes currently serve, have served, or have been elected/appointed to serve as Region 7 Chair, Multicultural Concerns Commission Chair, GLBTA Concerns Commission Chair, Two-Year Colleges Commission Chair, Canada Interest Group Chair, Native American and Tribal College Interest Group Chair, New Advising Professionals Interest Group Chair, Membership Committee Chair, Diversity Committee Chair, Member Career Services Committee Chair, and Webcast Advisory Board Chair.  Emerging Leaders have served or are serving on the Awards Committee, the Diversity Committee, the Finance Committee, the Membership Committee, the Member Career Services Committee, the Professional Development Committee, the Research Committee, the Webcast Advisory Board, the Annual Conference Advisory Board, the Summer Institute Advisory Board, the Publications Advisory Board, the AACSS Advisory Board, and the Emerging Leaders Program Advisory Board.  One Emerging Leader initiated the Interest Group for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  A number of Emerging Leaders have presented (some with their Mentors) at Regional and Annual Conferences, and several have served on Region or Conference Steering Committees.  One served as the Exhibits Chair for the 2009 Annual Conference in San Antonio and another as Chair of the 2010 Annual Conference in Orlando.  Emerging Leaders have written for Academic Advising Today and NACADA monographs, taken part in Webinar broadcast presentations, and been awarded NACADA Research Grants.  Emerging Leaders also report that they have become more involved at their home institutions.  One said, “We’ve taken what we’ve learned through the program back to our home school. This program has not only made an impact on NACADA, but also on the institutions where the NACADA ELP participants work.”

The 2009-2011 Emerging Leaders and Mentors, who began work at the 2009 Annual Conference in San Antonio, have been diligently pursuing their goals over the past two years and look forward to receiving their Certificates of Completion at this year's Conference in Denver, where they will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony.

Adam Duberstein.jpg2009-2011 Emerging Leader Adam Duberstein (Ohio Dominican University) says, 'Undoubtedly, the NACADA Emerging Leaders’ Program is the most valuable professional development opportunity in which I have ever participated.  The program truly allows academic advising’s Emerging Leaders to showcase their strengths, while challenging them to broaden their perspectives on advising and related activities.  From serving as a member of the NACADA Diversity Committee to working with the NACADA Website Review Committee to presenting at conferences, I have enjoyed the opportunity to see how advising operates in multiple contexts.  Additionally, the relationships that I have built with my mentor and fellow ELPers have proven beneficial, as we can all learn about advising from each other.  Through the opportunities that I have enjoyed and the relationships that I have built through it, the ELP has inspired me to become a serious student of academic advising practice, and to be the best advisor that I can be.'

Emerging Leaders Program Advisory Board Chair Sandy Waters (Old Dominion University) is pleased to announce the 2011-2013 NACADA Emerging Leaders and Mentors.

Emerging Leaders

Melinda Anderson (College of William and Mary)
Lizette Bartholdi (St. Catherine University)
Johnika Dreher (Prince George’s Community College)
Salawati “Sally” Garner (University of Oregon)
Ross Hawkins (Missouri State University)
Monica Jones (University of Arkansas)
Mandy Metzger (University of Wisconsin-Parkside)
Chrissy Renfro (Laramie County Community College)
Kristan Venegas (University of Southern California)
Angie Walston (Barton College) 


Art Esposito (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Art Farlowe (University of South Carolina-Columbia)
Susan Fread (Lehigh Carbon Community College)
Gayle Juneau (University of Nevada-Las Vegas)
Nancy Markee (University of Nevada-Reno)
Rodney Mondor (University of Southern Maine)
JP Regalado (University of Texas-Austin)
Marion Schwartz (Penn State University)
Nora Scobie (University of Louisville)
Peg Steele (Ohio State University)

New Emerging Leaders and Mentors will meet at the Annual Conference in Denver to create partnerships and begin development, conversation, and group building. Partners will develop goals pertaining to leadership in NACADA over the next six months and continue their work together over the two-year program.

Visit the Emerging Leaders Program website for more information.

Cite this article using APA style as: 2011-13 NACADA emerging leaders class announced. (2011, September). Academic Advising Today, 34(3). Retrieved from [insert url here]


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