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Leadership at Eastern

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Leap into Leadership offers students an opportunity to enhance campus culture by providing leadership training experiences. The programs encourage students to explore their own individual leadership development potential. Student participants will engage in events or in a series of sessions throughout the academic year that will enhance their Liberal Arts experience by exploring topics in line with the University's Core Values.

All interested students must complete the Interest Form which can be found on eWeb on the student services tab. (Click Student Activities and then click LEAP Interest Form).

If you have any questions regarding this program, contact Casey Kensey at or at (860) 465-0198.


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Leap Events


A series of leadership events held throughout the year to help enhance students’ leadership skills. These programs are offered to all students, but specifically target our students who have little to no leadership experience. These events will focus on the importance of leadership, the benefits it can provide and the skills that can be learned outside of the classroom. 

Board Breaking, September 29

4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m., Student Center, Betty Tipton Room

Do you think you can break through wood with your bare hands? Overcome your fears and break through your barriers in this leadership workshop. Limited spots. Must register in advance. Registration information coming soon. 

The Leap Cohort


This program is for students who may have some leadership experience, but wish to further expand upon their current leadership skills in an 8-week program offered over the course of 9 weeks. Members of the cohort will select a mentor and attend weekly sessions focused on building their foundational skills and learning application strategies. Students should either have a minimum of 15 college course credits or have had leadership experience in high school and must commit to the full program to receive 15 priority points.

The cohort will meet on Tuesdays in the Student Center from 3:45-5 p.m. beginning September 20, 2022 and ending November 15, 2022.




The Leap Council


The Leap Council is open to students who have a minimum of 60 course credits and who have had extensive leadership experience on campus and/or have completed the Leap Cohort program. Advanced leaders will meet once a month and be invited to attend additional programs and activities that will strengthen their leadership skills (activities may include attending a regional leadership conference and an off-campus ropes course). 

The council will meet the last Wednesday of each month from 1- 2 p.m. starting September 28, 2022 through March 29, 2023. Students must commit to the full program to receive 30 priority points.  

Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society


Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, recognizes and encourages superior leadership and exemplary character. O∆K encourages collaboration among members across the five phases celebrated by O∆K: scholarship, athletics, service, communications, and arts. Founded in 1914 at Washington and Lee University, O∆K honors and develops leaders through scholarships, workshops, career opportunities, leadership resources, and a lifelong connection to other members. The Eastern chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa was established in 1994 and was the first circle in New England. To date, over 850 faculty, students, alumni, and honorary members have been inducted into Eastern’s circle. 

Applications for O∆K will become available to students in November of each year. Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5, be either a sophomore, junior or senior by credit and must demonstrate leadership in the campus and/ or community.