Student Involvement


Certificate Requirements

Important Dates to Remember

Application opens June 1. Link will be provided on website.


On-Campus Leadership Weekend (located at WSU Pullman)


Deadline to attend five core sessions


Deadline to participate in ten additional events, groups, or activities on campus


Graduation application deadline








How do I complete the program?

  1. Apply for Emerging Leaders program. Online application will be available June 1.
  2. Receive acceptance email to RSVP and attend the on-campus retreat and orientation (see dates in chart above)
  3. Attend five core sessions.
  4. Participate in ten additional events, groups, or activities on campus
  5. Track participation in to develop an e-portfolio
  6. Apply for your Emerging Leaders certificate
  7. Attend the Emerging Leaders reception to be recognized for your outstanding achievement!

On-campus retreat and orientation

All those participating in Emerging Leaders are required to attend the retreat and orientation. During the orientation, you will learn how to successfully complete the program and earn your certificate as well as meet other Emerging Leader participants.

The on-campus retreat allows you to dive deep into leadership discussions and activities, resulting in a better understanding of who you are as an individual leader, as well as connecting with other student leaders on campus.

Emerging Leaders core sessions

To earn your certificate, you will need to attend five core sessions. These workshops are designed around the first three C's of the social change model: consciousness of self, congruence, and commitment. You will learn more about yourself and your leadership values, as well as how to be most successful in school and campus life at WSU. Specific topics include communication, delegation, time management, financial wellbeing, exploring values, happiness and cultural competency.

Additional 10 events or activities

These can be any activity listed in CougSync, such as joining a club, playing in an intramural sports game, or attending a guest speaker that your professor assigns as extra credit. Check out the calendar of events on CougSync for options. Make sure to select the "ALL" filter in the calendar to view all campus events. 

Tracking participation and creating an e-portfolio

Don't worry! We will show you how to do this in the Emerging Leaders orientation and will have clear instructions for using Bring your CougarCard to events and swipe in (where applicable) and your participation will be automatically recorded. Some events may require that you track your activity in CougSync. By tracking your activity you will be able to create an e-portfolio that will complement your academics when creating your resume.

Apply for Your certificate of completion

This is the easy part. Be sure to apply for your leadership certificate before the deadline! See deadline in above chart.

Celebrate Your success at the reception!

Bring your family and friends to watch as you receive your CSP certificate of completion and view highlights from your CSP journey.