Emerging Ethnic Leaders Institute

The Emerging Ethnic Leadership Institute (EEL) helps first and second-year students of color develop their leadership skills.

EEL participants, peer leaders, and faculty during the January 2019 retreat  at Higher Ground Retreat Center.  The Group is wearing matching long-sleeve Black and red shirts that say "Keep It 100" and are posing in from of a decorative fireplace.

EEL participants, peer leaders, and faculty in the 2018-2019 EEL Institute.

The mission of the Emerging Ethnic Leaders Institute is to increase, retain, and support student of color leadership development through mentorship, leadership development, service, and collaboration.  EEL creates a supportive learning community that enhances leadership potential, fosters interpersonal, social, ethical, and moral development while instilling an attitude of social awareness and responsibility. EEL participants will gain the following competencies:

  • Finding Your Voice: Explore and practice multiple approaches to engage in conversation across difference, while gaining a better understanding of your own perspective and influence. 
  • Increasing Intercultural Competence: Develop essential leadership skills that improve your understanding of diversity and how to sustain inclusion on campus. 
  • Building Community: Through enhanced self-discovery, you will not only find new allies and peers, but you will also have a greater sense of belonging to UC.
  • Becoming Change Agents: Seek new and powerful ways to challenge systems of injustice while serving as a champion for more inclusive behavior. 

Program and Registration Information

EEL is free and open to all first and second year students. Students who participate in the program will take part in the following:

  • Leader Sessions
    • September 24, 2019, 4:00pm - 6:00pm 
    • October 8, 2019, 4:00pm - 6:00pm 
    • October 22, 2019, 4:00pm - 6:00pm 
  • Spring Semester Service Project (Dates and Site TBD)
  • Champions of Social Change Banquet 
    • April 9, 2019, 6:00pm - 8:30pm 

Who can participate in this program?

EEL is open to all first and second-year students of color currently enrolled at the University of Cincinnati. Each class consists of about 50 students and 10 peer leaders. 

What is the time commitment for EEL?

We try to make the biggest impact in the shortest amount of time we can. We meet as a group once in the fall semester. During the spring semester, we have a retreat in January. There is an option for a group service project during the spring semester as well, and in early April there is an end of year celebration banquet. 

I didn't go through EEL, but I am now a 3rd, 4th, or 5th year student interested in being a peer leader. Do I have to have gone through the program to do this?

Peer leaders are not obligated to have gone through EEL. They must however meet the following qualifications:

  • Solid academic commitment (minimum 2.5 GPA)
  • History of student involvement and leadership
  • Cultural awareness
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to the program
  • Be a student of color currently enrolled at the University of Cincinnati. 
  • Complete an application on campus link (applications are closed for the 2018-2019 cohort).

Please contact SALD for additional information at 513-556-6115.

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."

            - Ralph Waldo Emerson