Georgetown Opportunities for Leadership Development
GOLD fosters a community in which new and current Hoyas explore leadership and gain skills used to effect positive social change in their communities.
To cultivate conscious leaders
Our Definition of Leadership
Leadership is a process of committed action that aims to accomplish defined goals through service to others. It encourages individuals to work together as a team through the creation of a shared vision and plan of action.
Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) Fall Semester Program
Now Accepting Applications! This year ELP is a student-led leadership program which focuses on feminist theories of leadership and women’s leadership. All women and femme-identifying participants are invited to apply to this program that occurs during the Fall 2020 semester. Please note that if you have been admitted for L&B 2020 you cannot also participate in ELP 2020.
At the end of the program, students will have developed their own philosophy of leadership that they can use as a guide, along with skills they can put into practice as they participate in Georgetown’s many campus organizations. They learn to participate in experiences that teach them a variety of skills such as reflection, negotiation, how to run a meeting or how to leverage the strengths of their teammates.
Past ELP Participants have gone on to be a part of the Georgetown Program Board, Georgetown University Student Association (GUSA), Blue and Gray Tour Guide Society, International Relations Club, The Hoya, campus advisory boards, Georgetown Weeks of Welcome, our own GOLD Leadership Team, and many more organizations! Participants in ELP also have access to our extensive alumni network of students and graduates that reaches back to 1999.
Hear what alumni of ELP have to say about the program
How to Join ELP
The Emerging Leaders Program for Fall 2020 will be held from 6pm to 8pm virtually on Wednesday evenings beginning the week of September 23rd through December 2nd.
Leadership and Beyond (L&B) Pre-Orientation Program
L&B provides a space for New Hoyas to explore leadership and community while creating lasting connections.
L&B is a student-led mentorship program that introduces new Hoyas to the Hilltop each fall, through the lens of leadership. The program focuses on the ways in which leadership can be viewed and practiced here at Georgetown and after one’s college experience. Students will explore leadership through a variety of activities that are rooted in the Social Change Model of Leadership. Along with trained upper-class mentors, Georgetown faculty, staff and community members shape the student experience in a variety of ways during the program. Whether it’s a campus tour, conversation, leading a service project, story share, or session dedicated to leadership, they are committed to the success of new Hoyas.
Participants are paired with undergraduate mentors and in their small “families,” students have ample opportunities to interact with their mentors, exchange ideas, and form close bonds with each other. These families meet frequently during the semester for dinners, campus events and “Beyonds”. The “beyond” component of L&B works to further the development of students as leaders during the school year. They include opportunities such as speakers, panels, workshops, community service, and social opportunities.
We encourage all students to apply, regardless of perceived leadership experiences.
Hear what alumni of L&B have to say about the program:
Information about Fall 2020 Virtual L&B
Applications are now closed.
Congratulations to the L&B class of 2020! We are looking forward to spending time with you virtually as you begin your journey at Georgetown!
GOLD invites you to be inspired by the people you will meet, get involved in our tight knit community and stay engaged with what you love. All programs are supported through the Center for Student Engagement under the Division of Student Affairs.
There is no cost for attending any of our programs, and housing is provided during L&B.
Email the GOLD Leaders at GOLD@georgetown.edu