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Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI)

The Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) is an innovative program that was designed by EOA leaders who recognized the need to strengthen the association by developing potential leaders. Initiated in 1989 by Dr. Celerstine Johnson, the program’s purpose was to identify and prepare EOA members to assume leadership positions at the chapter and regional levels, to help those individuals grow personally and professionally, and to strengthen the Association.

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Applications are being accepted for the EOA ELI 2019 cohort. All applications must be completed online in their entirety to be eligible for selection. 

The deadline for submission of ELI 2019 applications is July 30, 2018.

Please use this link to access the ELI 2019 Application. 

ELI Application 2019


You will need to have a resume, letter of support from supervisor to participate in the ELI year long process and the ELI 2019 agreement letter signed by application and supervisor in order to complete this application.

Please use this link to access the ELI 2019 Agreement Letter. 

ELI Agreement Letter 2019

NOTE: A participant fee of $100.00 has been established for the 2019 cohort. The participant fee will be due, in full, 30 days following the notification of selection. This fee will be paid by the ELI participant. Some chapters may offer to pay this fee, please check with your chapter for details.

All individuals will be informed of their application status no later than August 10, 2018
Please contact the EOA Professional Development committee at
 with questions.


Emerging Leaders Institute focus:

  • ELI will receive training in history, leadership development, and team building related to college access and success
  • ELI will gain a deeper understanding of all the organizational aspects of EOA
  • ELI will be assigned to an EOA committee for engagement throughout the year
  • ELI will focus on college access and success program improvement, advocacy and institutional engagement/growth
  • ELI will engage and work on projects that will enhance their own careers and programs/institutions they belong. The projects will focus on sustainable change, critical race theory/pedagogy of the oppress to instill systematic changes in equity, transformational theories on educational equity and innovative models to motivate college access and success.
  • ELI will develop leadership and team-building capacities.
For questions regarding ELI, contact the EOA Professional Development Committee ( 

ELI 2019 Required Dates of Participation
  • November 14-15, 2018 - after EOA Professional Conference Milwaukee, WI (Required)
  • Chicago - Hyatt CentricJanuary 24th to 26th, 2019(Required)
  • March 2019 - ELI attend Leadership Summit and Policy Seminar (tentative)
  • Detroit - May 2nd to 4th, 2019(Required)
  • Omaha - August 8th - 10th, 2019(Required)
  • November 8-13, 2019 - EOA Annual Conference and final presentation (Required)


EOA and State Chapter will cover lodging for each required training session. In addition EOA will provide the meals associated with training. State Chapters are responsible for travel costs (airfare, miles reimbursement, per diem) and any additional lodging nights or expenses. Your program/institution is responsible for your EOA conference registration to attend the 2018 & 2019 professional conference.


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