Queensborough Emerging Leaders Program

Queensborough Emerging Leaders Program

Building self-confidence, networking with peers and engaging with the community through the Emerging Leaders Program!

About the Program

Being a leader takes more than ambition and raw talent. Learn the skills required to lead in your academic, personal and professional career by joining the next group of Queensborough Emerging Leaders. Building leadership skills not only increases self-confidence but also opens doors to new friendships and offers outstanding opportunities to engage with the community. Benefits to participating in the Queensborough Emerging Leaders

Program include:

  • Learning how to build and manage successful teams
  • Building self-confidence by sharpening your ability to analyze and overcome challenges
  • Collaborating with others from diverse backgrounds to share and develop ideas
  • Networking with people you can learn from and partner with to accomplish your goals
  • Establishing and encouraging inclusiveness and diversity

As an Emerging Leaders team member, your experience will feature a total of seven leadership workshops including five Saturday sessions in the fall semester. Examples of past workshops include:

  • Build Your Resume for Success: Learn How Student Life Can Make All the Difference
  • Networking Etiquette 101
  • Time Management Tools for Future Leaders

In addition, several activities and clubs are offered where your newly acquired leadership skills may be applied:

  • MALES (Men Achieving and Leading in Excellence and Success)
  • Student Government Association (SGA)
  • Leadership weekend
  • Communiqué student newspaper

Program members must maintain a strong academic record for each semester of participation, enroll for a minimum of six credits, and attend regular meetings, workshops or conferences. Students will also complete an experiential learning project incorporating leadership concepts of personal and professional growth and community service that will be presented at a special end-of-year event.

Meet Emerging Leaders Graduates

Mariya Karisa Picache

Mariya Karisa Picache emigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines three years ago. She attended high school in Queens where she was active in the Student Government and upon graduation enrolled at Queensborough in the fall of 2014 in the Health and Related Sciences program. Mariya’s courses are rigorous and, initially, her daily routine consisted of going to classes and returning home to study, without much time to meet new people and explore activities on campus. Then, in her second semester she learned of Queensborough’s Emerging Leaders Program. “I joined and became involved on campus almost right away,” said Mariya, who has been elected Programming Vice President of the Student Government Association (SGA) for the academic year 2015-16. Mariya is taking prerequisite courses for Queensborough’s Nursing program and plans to pursue a career as a pediatric nurse. She added, "I wouldn’t be the confident person I am today without this program."

"I wouldn’t be the confident person I am today without this program."
—Mariya Karisa Picache

Sterio Nika, Class of 2015

Sterio Nika, Class of 2015, said that the Emerging Leadership Program "gave me the opportunity to grow and express myself in a safe environment." Sterio, who graduated with an Associate in Science degree (A.S.), will continue his academic career at CUNY’s Baccalaureate (CUNY BA) Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies where he has created his own degree plan in Media Management.

"The program gave me the opportunity to grow and express myself in a safe environment."
—Sterio Nika

Giancarlos Llanos-Romero, Class of 2015

Giancarlos Llanos-Romero, Class of 2015, graduated from Queensborough in January 2015 with an Associate in Applied Science degree (A.A.S.). He will enroll at Stony Brook University in the fall of 2015 where he will major in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in nanotechnology. "This program shaped my leadership skills which translated into the classroom and helped me become a successful student."

"I wouldn’t be the confident person I am today without this program."
—Mariya Karisa Picache

Kaynat Shahzad

Kaynat Shahzad, originally from Pakistan, Kaynat enrolled at Queensborough in the spring of 2014 to major in Health Related Sciences. "This program has been a platform for me to expand both my academic and professional potential. I realize that, like me, everyone has leadership qualities." Kaynat plans to graduate in January 2016 and continue her education in order to pursue dentistry as a career.

"The program gave me the opportunity to grow and express myself in a safe environment."
—Sterio Nika

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) was integral in preparing me for a leadership role in student government. After my completion of the ELP, I joined the MALES Initiative and soon became club President. In this role I help provide students with the tools they need to succeed in the fields they choose to pursue.

The leadership skills I learned in the workshops provided by the ELP continue to further my desire to work with fellow students, staff and faculty. These skills were applied while interning for the New York Public Interest Research Group, Inc. (NYPIRG) and helped me to become President of the 2015-2016 Student Government Association at Queensborough Community College.

Ricky Panayoty

Ricky Panayoty
President, Student Government Association

Contact Us

Interested students may submit an application and one letter of recommendation from a faculty, teacher and/ or staff member.

Queensborough Emerging Leaders Program
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Gisela Rivera, Director of Student Leadership & Development