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First-Year Leadership Opportunities

Whether you want to continue your leadership roles from high school or serve in a leadership role for the first time, Emmanuel has many leadership opportunities for new students.

Emmanuel Student Leaders

Leadership begins with you. Did you serve as President of your class in high school? Were you captain of your high school sports team? Did you give tours of your high school? Or have you not had the chance yet to serve in a leadership role?

Whatever your experience, Emmanuel has plenty of opportunities to help you grow as a leader. Many leadership opportunities are available to new students within the first few weeks of stepping on campus. How will you leave your mark as a new student on our campus? Visit the links below to learn more about new student leadership opportunities.

Emmanuel College Leadership Academy

The Emmanuel College Leadership Academy is a leadership development program geared to first-year students who demonstrate leadership potential, commitment to the future of Emmanuel College and a strong drive to achieve great things at EC. Through the Academy, first-year students will learn about personal identity, their leadership style and strengthen their leadership potential on the EC campus. The leadership behaviors they will learn can be applied immediately to their co-curricular activities. The Emmanuel College Leadership Academy shows Emmanuel's commitment to and investment in the development of student leaders. This yearlong leadership development program will prepare participants to take on roles within the college and challenge them to expand their horizons and begin creating a legacy during their college experience.

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the governing board of all recognized student clubs and organizations. The student body elects the SGA's Executive Board, along with the residence hall and commuter student representatives.

Class Officers

Each of the four classes elects their own Executive Board. Collectively, they serve as the voice of all students.

Commuter Council

Join the members of the Commuter Council and meet other new students who will be commuting to Emmanuel this year. Join Emmanuel Staff and Administrators who will discuss the resources and opportunities offered to commuters and ask any questions you may have. All students are welcome!

Residence Life Office and Front Desk Assistants

First-year students are offered the opportunity to work in their residence halls. This is one of many job opportunities on campus for first-years—to find out more about other job opportunities on campus check out HireSaints.  

The 1804 Society

The 1804 Society is a leadership organization named in honor of the founding year of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. The organization encourages students to promote service to others and provides distinguished ambassadors of Emmanuel College to the campus and the wider community. This group of individuals continues the Emmanuel tradition through an understanding of the mission of the College. New students are encouraged to apply in the first semester of their first year.

Admissions Ambassadors

The Admissions Ambassador Program (AAP) offers first-year students the ability to apply to the program in the second semester of their first-year.

Orientation Leaders

Orientation Leaders help ease the transition for new students here at Emmanuel. These students assist in all aspects of summer and fall orientation sessions, as well as leading new students through Welcome Week sessions and events. Did you love your OLs? Do you want to make a difference for new students. Then be sure to watch for the application to post on HireSaints in October.

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