The QCC Emerging Leaders Program is a non-credited Leadership Certificate Program that offers students the opportunity to gain basic leadership knowledge, develop leadership skills and explore on- campus and community involvement opportunities.

QCC Emerging Leaders Program participants will use the New York Times in Leadership program to connect leadership concepts to real world examples. Students will be given complimentary access to leadership themed New York Times articles along with discussion guides and opportunities to share comments via social media. These daily articles feature topics and concepts ranging from communication, decision making, diversity, global leadership, values and ethics amongst many other important topics. The articles, case studies, video conferences and discussion groups will broaden your understanding of leadership concepts, an important step towards your professional development.

Why Join?

Students who accept the challenge of participating in the Emerging Leaders Program at Queensborough will walk away with a stronger sense of leadership identity, valuable resume building experience and a network of peers who have similar goals. In addition, students who are active on campus can prepare for their future careers by creating connections to faculty and staff that can lead to possible recommendations, and often times they are the first students to hear about scholarship and internship opportunities. As John Fitzgerald Kennedy once said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." In an increasing competitive job market, leadership training can provide QCC graduates with an advantage over other graduates. This program will provide you the resources and the knowledge to become a leader on campus and in your future career.

Emerging Leaders


  • Expand and refine your leadership skills
  • Become a leader within the College community
  • Build your resume
  • Give back to your community
  • Receive complimentary access to New York Times articles, case studies, video conferences and discussion groups
  • Increase your communication skills
  • Boost your marketability

QCC’s Emerging leaders will be given the opportunity to apply for the following CUNY Programs:

  • CUNY Malave Leadership Academy
  • CUNY Women’s Leadership Conference
  • CUNY Model New York State Senate Sessions Project

In addition, all eligible participants will be nominated for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

Participants in the program will also learn about the many important roles that Officers in the Student Government Association (SGA) play in order to represent the best interests of the general student body.

QCC Emerging Leaders may connect current events with the concept of team work through resources provided by The New York Times in Leadership program, wherein students will have access to articles, case studies, webinars and discussion groups.

Eligibility Requirements

Students MUST commit to the following:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be maintained for each semester of participation.
  • Enroll for a minimum of six credits.
  • Attend mandatory bi-monthly meetings, workshops and/ or conferences.
  • Have dependability, initiative, dedication and genuine interest in professional growth and community service.
  • Be willing to commit to completing a Capstone Project of their choosing where they will put into practice the leadership concepts they have learned.
Emerging Leaders

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Ms. Gisela Rivera
Director of Student Leadership & Development
222-05 56th Avenue, Student Union Lower Level
Bayside, NY 11364