Emerging Leaders Program

Emerging Leaders Graduation

Active Involvement for the Common Good

The East Lansing Emerging Leaders Program is a year-long course in civic engagement that supports today's emerging leaders.

Participants will hone leadership skills by learning about a variety of topics through a lens of inclusion and public service. Participants will attend one session on the third Thursday of each month from January through November from 5-8 p.m.* and spend additional time on projects, assignments and discussion groups. Courses will be taught by a range of local business, community and government leaders at a variety of locations in East Lansing. 

*Please view the full program calendar to note variances from this outlined schedule

By the end of the year, graduates will:

  • have a broad understanding of the community and municipal government;
  • be able to view issues through a lens of equity and inclusion;
  • become comfortable and skilled neighborhood leaders;
  • serve as a community resource for information;
  • be prepared to serve on a City-sanctioned board or commission;
  • develop a network of neighborhood contacts; and be positioned to become positively engaged in community service.
Many graduates have gone on to serve as members of neighborhood associations, City boards and commissions and even East Lansing City Council. The application deadline for the 2020 program has passed. Please contact Tom Fehrenbach, tfehren@cityofeastlansing.com or (517) 319-6887, with any questions.
All applicants must be East Lansing residents (either homeowner or renter), 18 years or older. Interested residents must complete an application to be reviewed in an evaluation and selection process. Applicants cannot be running for, or currently serving in, an elected office.

Fees and Scholarships

Participants of the program will be required to pay a $55 fee to cover a portion of the cost of materials. Scholarships are available for qualified candidates. Participants will be selected prior to the award of scholarships. Once selected, all participants will receive an invoice and a scholarship request form.

View a letter from East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas for more information about scholarships.

2019 Key Dates

Application Deadline Nov. 17
Participants Notified
Nov. 27
Scholarship Requests Due Dec. 15
Program Fees Due ($55)
Dec. 30

2020 Program Calendar

Date Time Location Topic
Thursday, Jan. 16 5:30-8 p.m. East Lansing Hannah Community Center Opening Reception
Thursday, Feb. 20 5-8 p.m. TBD Leadership Development; Equity & Inclusion
Thursday, March 19 5-8 p.m. TBD City Government; Parliamentary Procedure
Saturday, April 18 TBD East Lansing Hannah Community Center Bus Tour: The Built Environment
Thursday, May 21 5-8 p.m. TBD MSU & the Region; Creativity & Innovation
Thursday, June 18 5-8 p.m. TBD Sustainability & Transformation
Thursday, July 16 5-8 p.m. East Lansing Public Library Finance & Budgeting
Wednesday, Aug. 19 5-8 p.m. East Lansing Fire Station #1 Fire & Emergency Response
Thursday, Aug. 20 5-8 p.m. TBD Community & Police Response
Thursday, Sept. 17 5-8 p.m. TBD Economic & Cultural Development
Thursday, Oct. 15 5-8 p.m. TBD Housing & Recreation
Thursday, Nov. 19 5-8 p.m. East Lansing Hannah Community Center Graduation