ELI Leadership Options

Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI)

Messiah University requires all students to complete at least one approved Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI) activity prior to graduation. The ELI provides students with a structured framework to engage their chosen experience in a way that leads to enhanced self-awareness, career preparation and community engagement opportunities. The ELI aims to teach and prepare students to articulate their “Messiah story” in a way that is meaningful to prospective employers and their communities.

Overview of the Leadership Component of ELI

The leadership component of the ELI is a supervised, experiential learning opportunity that is completed by serving in pre-approved student leadership roles which meet the general educational goals of the ELI. The ELI leadership component is characterized by specific parameters outlined below, which are closely based upon the common parameters developed for all ELI experience areas, reflecting the National Society for Experiential Education’s (NSEE) Eight Principles of Good Practice for All Experiential Learning Activities.