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Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI)

2023-2024 ELI Cohort


Aurora Turmelle, Virginia Commonwealth University

Kayla Taylor, Wytheville Community College

LaTasha Turner, Wytheville Community College

Sherri Brown, Southwest Virginia Community College

Keisha Johnson, Southwest Virginia Community College

Chelsea Hess, Southwest Virginia Community College

Rahmet Utsey, Virginia State University

Selected Project: 2024 Student Leadership Conference

Mentor: President-Elect, Dr. Danielle Williams, Norfolk State University. 


The Emerging Leaders Institute is designed to provide professional development for individuals interested in leadership roles in the State/District Associations and the Virginia Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (VAEOPP). Further, it provides an opportunity for persons who have an interest in developing their personal and professional leadership skills to become involved in committee services as members and/or committee chair as well as preparation to hold office at the state/district, regional, and national levels.

To inquire about joining a future ELI cohort, please contact Dr. Danielle Williams at

Selection Criteria

The ELI nominee must:

  1. Be willing to make a commitment to attend the following ELI training and activities:

    • October 1-2, 2022 (required): ELI Orientation & TRIO Advocacy

    • October 2-5 2022 (required): VAEOPP Annual Conference

    • November 2022 to March 2023: Mentorship and ELI Cohort Project

    • March 2023 (optional): COE Walk the Hill Advocacy Day

  2. Hold active professional membership in VAEOPP.

  3. Demonstrate interest in assuming leadership roles in the State and/or Regional Associations.

  4. Have a desire for ELI training opportunities.

  5. Support the goals and objectives of Federal TRIO Programs VAEOPP, and COE.

Application Procedures

Individuals interested in participating in the VAEOPP Emerging Leaders Institute must submit a completed application. In addition, each applicant must have a supporting nomination form completed by their program director or direct supervisor in order to be reviewed by the selection committee. Directors should put forth an effort to ensure that nominees will be available to attend the ELI training sessions and fulfill their responsibilities.



If you have any questions, please email

ELI Training Expenses

VAEOPP will cover the expenses for a 1-night hotel stay, (3) meals, and hotel parking during the October 2022 training and March 2023 Advocacy Day.

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