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Elevated Leadership is an intensive off-campus leadership development opportunity for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The program spans a total of 18 days, with students spending time both on- and off-campus. Students will participate in a 9-day alpine backpacking expedition in the Uinta Mountains of Utah. Afterwards, students will spend 9 days on Earlham's campus putting their newfound leadership skills to practice. Elevated Leadership promotes self-awareness, community building, communication skills, judgment and decision-making, vision and goal setting, and resilience. This program is not a wilderness training course; having strong technical outdoor skills is neither a prerequisite nor an essential outcome. Instead, students will focus on and learn essential leadership skills that can be utilized in both on-campus student positions and off-campus opportunities. Applications will be accepted from February 27, 2018 until March 31, 2018.

This EPIC Term is co-sponsored by the Environmental Leadership Program and Student Life.

Elevated Leadership ...

  • is an 18-day experience for students who will start their sophomore, junior or senior year at Earlham in the Fall 2018 semester.
  • is split into two parts: 9 days in the Uinta Mountains of Utah and 9 days on Earlham's campus.
  • is open to students of any major and skill level.
  • teaches students leadership skills that can be utilized in future opportunities.
  • prepares students for on-campus roles such as club convener, Resident Assistant (RA), and ESG representative.

Elevated Leadership ...

  • is a non-credit bearing 18-day experience, running from Monday, July 30, though Thursday, August 16, prior to the beginning of the Fall 2018 semseter. It is led by Earlham faculty and supported by the Environmental Leadership Program.
  • is split into two parts: 9 days in the Uinta Mountains of Utah and 9 days on Earlham's campus.
  • Participate in trip preparation and orientation sessions prior to the end of the Spring semester
  • Backpack in the Uinta Mountains of Utah for 9 consecutive days
  • Produce a personal Leadership Action Plan
  • Participate in NSO preparations

Faculty Coordinators:

  • Andy Clifford, M.Sc., Director of Outdoor and Environmental Education


  • Program fee of $500.
  • Includes group gear and items available from Earlham's Outdoor Education Center
  • Does not include transportation to Salt Lake City before the start of the program; personal clothing and boots; meals after Friday, August 17; food costs beyond what is distributed; incidentals.

Questions? Looking for more information?

Email Andy Clifford at cliffan@earlham.edu