Emerging Student Leadership Program
Since 2014, the LGBT Resource Center’s Emerging Student Leadership Program (ESLP) has been providing an opportunity for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) students to explore and develop their identities as leaders. Often leadership is viewed as positional and hierarchal. However, some of the best leadership provided in our communities is personal rather than positional and so we ask: How do we queer leadership? What does it mean to lead collectively and collaboratively rather than within a hierarchy? Through weekly meetings, discussions with local queer leaders, and attending a national LGBTQIA leadership conference, ESLP seeks to answer those questions. We welcome any LGBTQIA+ undergraduate student attending the University of Utah during the Spring 2020 semester to apply, regardless of formal leadership history.
What will you do in ESLP?
As part of the 2022 ESLP cohort, students will:
- Explore LGBTQIA+ experiences from an intersectional perspective
- Identify and critique systems of power and oppression that affect our lives
- Build community with other students invested in creating positive change
- Develop a stronger sense of self as a leader
Program activities and opportunities include:
- Weekly meetings to engage in discussion and activities centered on community building and leadership development over the course of half a semester.
- A weekend leadership retreat at the Homestead Resort with the cohort for concentrated time learning as a community.
- Learning local queer leaders working for change in Salt Lake City and Utah.
Students participating in the 2022 ESLP cohort will receive:
- A $300 scholarship from the LGBT Resource Center
- An Emering Student Leadership Program journal
- Books associated with the program
- All food and transporation costs covered by the program
- Be enrolled as an undergraduate student at the University of Utah.
- Be able to attend all required program sessions, held Wednesday afternoons, and the
ESLP weekend retreat:
- January 19, 4pm to 6pm
- January 26, 4pm to 6pm
- February 2, 4pm to 6pm
- ESLP Retreat - February 4-6, Homestead Resort in Midway, UT
- February 16, 4pm to 6pm
- February 23, 4pm to 6pm
- March 2, 4pm to 6pm
- March 16, 4pm to 6pm
- March 23, 4pm to 6pm
- March 30, 4pm to 6pm
- April 6, 4pm to 6pm
- April 13, 4pm to 6pm
- April 20, 4pm to 6pm
- April 27, 4pm to 6pm
How to Apply
To be considered for ESLP, complete the online application by the priority deadline Monday, December 6th, 2022. The application will include 3 short essay prompts you will need to answer. The prompts are:
- Why do you want to participate in the Emerging Student Leadership Program? What do you hope to learn? Do you have any goals you hope to meet?
- How would your friends describe you?
- Tell us about a time when you were a part of a team. What was that experience like?
Applicants who are selected for ESLP will be notified no later than Friday, December 17th via email. If you have any questions about ELSP, you may contact Shelby Hearn at email@example.com
How We Evaluate Applications
Applications for ESLP will be evaluated based on students who have enthusiasm, interests, and skills sets related to the following areas:
I am not LGBTQIA+—can allies be part of ESLP?
Allies who advocate for LGBTQIA+ people in their daily personal and professional lives are welcome in ESLP. Please keep in mind that the focus of ESLP will be the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual, and other people with marginalized gender, sex, and/or sexual identities in relation to leadership.
Who can I contact if I have questions about ESLP?
If you have any questions about ELSP, you may contact Shelby Hearn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Big Thank You to our Supporters!
The Emerging Student Leadership Program is supported by our generous donors, including The B.W. Bastian Foundation and The Parent Fund. Thank you to our supporters! If you have questions about how you can support this leadership experience for students, contact Clare Lemke at email@example.com.