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  • Students participate in a leadership exercise.

Close Family Emerging Leaders Program

CFELP is a comprehensive leadership education initiative designed to help students explore, define and practice leadership development.

When I signed up to participate in the Close Family Emerging Leaders Program I expected to add some more lines to my resume, I didn't expect to change my whole view on leadership.

— Annalise Bowen

The Close Family Emerging Leaders Program (CFELP) is a multi-step introduction to leadership that explores various aspects of leadership and helps students understand what it means to be a leader at the University of South Carolina. Participants learn more about themselves, enhance their skills, and develop a plan to exercise leadership on campus and in the community.

Phase 1 of CFELP consists of online modules that can be completed at your own pace around topics such as values, authority, and identity.

Phase 2 of CFELP allows you to work closely with Leadership and Service Center Staff to turn your visions into action and make an impact within your community.

Who Should Participate? 

All students are welcome to participate. The CFELP content is most beneficial to first-year, sophomore, or transfer students who wish to enhance their leadership skills.

What Can Participants Expect to Learn?  

The Close Family Emerging Leaders Program is intended to help you enhance their ability to exercise leadership, develop skills that assist in leading others, and create an action plan to assist you in applying your leadership skills during your time at UofSC.


When asked what they had gained from participating, past participants have shared the following:

  • "I gained a new mindset of what it takes to be a leader, not just being in a leadership position, and how to work with those who work with me."
  • "I’ve gained a lot, but mostly, it just helped cultivate and finely tune my leadership ability and my personality."
  • "I learned about my personal strengths and how to apply them to the world around me (hometown, school, etc.)."
  • "I gained a greater awareness of the importance of leadership and service in society."

When does it meet? 

Students will complete this program on their own time through a virtual format.

How do I register?  

Registration is ongoing, and can be completed with this registration form.

Additional Questions 

If you have additional questions about participating in CFELP, please contact Lauren Haynes at

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