Emory Intercultural Leadership Program (EILP)

EILP retreat

What is the EILP?

The EILP is an academic-year-long cohort program that promotes leadership development which is inclusive, purposeful, collaborative, and values-based. 

By participating in the Emory Intercultural Leadership Program (EILP), international and domestic students will receive training on global leadership skills and intercultural competency development, attend cultural and leadership events, participate in a service-learning project, and share their cultures and perspectives with each other and the Emory community. Upon successful completion of the program requirements, students will receive a certificate. 

Participants will: 

  • Develop leadership skills and relationships at a mandatory leadership retreat
  • Recognize their own identity, culture and values 
  • Explore their level of intercultural competency by taking and debriefing the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) 
  • Expand their intercultural communication skills 
  • Distinguish their own leadership and conflict style in an intercultural context 
  • Discover the foundations of Personal Leadership 
  • Create a personal vision statement and understand how to live in alignment with that vision 
  • Recognize the importance of emotional intelligence in relating across differences and building community as leaders 
  • Enrich their perspectives as leaders by learning to recognize, validate, appreciate and include others' experiences 
  • Share their experiences and perspectives with the Emory community 
  • Facilitate positive social change through service learning  

What are the benefits of being in the EILP?

  • Meet new people from around the world and across disciplines (domestic and international students) 
  • Expand your leadership and intercultural communication skills  
  • Develop professional and public speaking skills 
  • Become part of a diverse team working together to make a difference 
  • Further your professional experience for your resume 

What are the qualifications and expections?

  • Must be a full-time, degree-seeking student for the entire academic year (domestic and international students encouraged to apply) 
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 
  • Must commit to attending a monthly in-person seminar during the fall and spring semesters and complete all assignments. The seminars are non-credit bearing. 
  • Must commit to a day of service 
  • Must attend a leadership retreat
  • Must attend cultural and leadership events 

Participants are required to: 

  • Attend a monthly seminar and complete all assignments 
  • Participate in a service-learning opportunity
  • Participate in a leadership retreat
  • Attend cultural and leadership events such as the Global Festival 

Mandatory non-credit monthly seminar 

Program participants will attend a mandatory 90 minute monthly seminar in the fall and spring semesters. These seminars are not for credit and will focus on the following: 

  • Personal leadership 
  • Intercultural communication skills 
  • Leading consistently with emotional intelligence 
  • Service learning 
  • Professional development 
Assignments outside of the seminar 

Students will be expected to complete assignments outside the seminar to enhance their intercultural competency development and leadership skills. Participants should expect to commit about 1 hour per week to assignments and/or speaking engagements.  

Culture/perspectives sharing 

Participants will also be assigned opportunities to share their cultures and perspectives through presentations, panel discussions and focus groups on campus. 

2023-2024 Cohort

Leo Applegate, USA
1st year, Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Kyrylo Busorgin, USA
1st year, Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Aditya Prakash, India
1st year, Laney Graduate School

Yohei Saburi, Japan
1st year, Rollins School of Public Health

Avi Singh, India
1st year resident, School of Medicine

Zhuoting "Samme" Xie, China
3rd year, Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Francis Yeji, Ghana
1st year, Laney Graduate School

Marco Zgliczynski, Italy
1st year, Goizueta Business School (MBA)

Huanle "Iris" Zhang, China
3rd year, Goizueta Business School (BBA)

How do I apply?

Applications have closed for 2023. For questions or more information, contact Amber Cordell.