The Emerging Leadership Certificate program is the perfect way for students to build leadership skills, practice teamwork and communication skills, connect with other student leaders, and learn about how to get involved at Cal Poly. Students complete the Emerging Leadership Certificate by participating in the Emerging Leaders Series. The Emerging Leaders Series is FREE, open to all students (no experience required), and provides a fun, quick way for students to expand their perspective on leadership. If you would like to register click the link below! Email if you have any questions.

Students living in University Housing's Collaborative Leadership Living Learning Community will earn ELS during their fall quarter. Housing will have a specific way to register for these ELS sections, please be on the look out for emails from your RA's and CSD during WOW and week 1 of fall quarter for directions on how to register for your ELS section. 





Fall Quarter 2019

  • Tuesday 11am - 1pm and 1 - 3pm 
  • Wednesday 2 - 4pm
  • Thursday 12 - 2pm

The Emerging Leaders Series is a not-for-credit series that meets once a week for two hours over the course of eight weeks. The series begins during week 2 of each quarter.  

Participating students are matched with alumni mentors as part of the Alumni Mentor program. The mentors will help students with networking, identifying strategies for continued leadership development, and utilizing leadership skills for career success.

Additionally, students in Cal Poly’s Honors Program get leadership credit for participating in the series.

Past Emerging Leaders Series have gone on to become RAs, WOW and SLO Days Leaders, Leaders in Greek Life, InterHousing Council members, and get involved with clubs and different student organizations.



“I didn’t know what to expect from this series, but walked out of every single meeting feeling inspired, confident, and with a desire to go out and change something. I really enjoyed the thought provoking conversations and have encouraged several friends to look into this program. I think it has helped me understand myself better, as well as how others work.”

– Student Participant

“I really enjoyed being a part of this program. It helped me feel more connected to Cal Poly, it helped me feel more empowered and I was able to create new friends and acquaintances. It was great hanging out with other leaders once a week.” 

– Student Participant


As a capstone assignment, each student will create and present their own personal leadership philosophy to the group. Students will share a centralized leadership philosophy and demonstrate connections between leadership and academic, personal, and career success. Click below for more examples.

Leadership Philosophy

My Personal Leadership Philosophy

Personal Leadership Philosophy




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