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Emerging Leaders Institute

photo of emerging leaders The Emerging Leaders Institute is an annual retreat that happens in the Fall Semester for emerging leaders. The focus of the retreat is to harness individual strengths, connect to personal and organizational values, and to prepare emerging leaders for their current or future leadership roles in the sorority and fraternity community.

ELI is an institute, which is different than a conference. Institutes are intended to have everyone be an active participant, and to get the most out of the experience, participants have to invest their time, energy, emotion, and knowledge in the curriculum and with each other.

As part of the Good Standing Program, each chapter is required to send one member to the Emerging Leaders Institute. Each chapter is able to define emerging leader however they would like, but are encouraged to identify members who they can see pursuing future leadership opportunities within the chapter and/or greater UT community.

Typically, this institute is held off-campus at an overnight retreat center. We are actively in the process of reimagining and redesigning the experience to be in a virtual format. We will communicate our plans as they are finalized.

Learning Outcomes

After attending the Emerging Leaders Institute, participants will:


Day One
11:00am Welcome and Lunch
1:00pm Introduction to Clifton Strengths
1:45pm Connecting to Our Values
2:30pm Small Group Meeting
3:30pm Identity Awareness
4:15pm History of Sorority and Fraternity Life
5:15pm Student Panel
6:00pm Dinner and Break
8:00pm Community Updates
Day Two
8:00am Breakfast and Group Pictures
9:00am Strengths Development
10:00am Action Planning
11:30am Enacting Change and Self Care

Registration information will be available on this page toward the end of the summer.