What is ELI?
The NAEOP Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) is a yearlong leadership development program that is designed to inspire and cultivate strong leadership within NAEOP and its participating State Associations. The program is designed to combine professional development, networking opportunities, and hands-on experiences to ensure successful continuation of NAEOP. Every year, two ELI participants will be selected from participating NAEOP states.
By the end of the current cohort year, each ELI participant will:
- Understand the structures and histories of COE, NAEOP, and TRiO State Associations.
- Have a broader understanding of the history of TRiO and the programs under the TRiO umbrella.
- Meet and collaborate with leaders within the NAEOP community, particularly members of the NAEOP Board of Directors.
- Have a concrete “Board Buddy” project and a development plan that will be worked on during the year in as an ELI participant.
- Develop a fundamental understanding of one’s own leadership style and how to effectively use it to work with others.
What types and level of commitments are required for participation?
Prior to the annual regional NAEOP conference, there will be a full day of training. This will be reinforced with opportunities to participate in NAEOP Board phone meetings, an assigned project in conjuction with “Board Buddy” via phone and email communication, and contact with ELI Coordinators. It is also expected that participants will continue to seek leadership opportunities, in either the state or regional TRiO organizations. This can include, but not limited to things such as a TRiO State Association Student Leadership Conference, NAEOP Conference Planning Committee, NAEOP Peer Review Committee, etc.
What is the financial cost for participation in ELI?
ELI participants are responsible to secure their own travel and per diem to attend the full day of training.
What if I change jobs?
Participation in ELI is incumbent upon active employment in a TRiO, or TRiO-like program in the NAEOP region and paid program membership to the NAEOP Association. Participation will be terminated should these criteria not be fully met.
What is the application process?
Once the applications become available in June, applicants are required to complete the application and obtain letter of support from their supervisor. ELI participants will be selected by early August. ELI participants are only selected from current NAEOP Project members. If you have questions about NAEOP Project membership, please contact Sebastian Myrick.
I have more questions, who should I contact?
If you have questions regarding the ELI program, you can contact Kelly Foran or Vicky Sanchez Lopez.