Experiential Leadership Institute (ELI)

Current Freshmen: Applications for joining the Experiential Leadership Institute for Fall 2018 will be available in early March 2018.

ELI Applications this year are part of "SIL Common Application" of the Office of Student Involvement Zagtivities page. 

The Experiential Leadership Institute is a semester-long leadership program that engages sophomores in experiences designed to further develop the leadership potential within each student.  This program centers itself on three primary pillars: Knowing Self, Building Community and Impacting the World.  It is our hope that, as a result of participating in the ELI program, students will feel inspired, encouraged and supported in their personal leadership journey.

Who is ELI? The fall ELI cohort will consist of 40-50 Sophomores. Each ELI member will be placed in a small group of 10 led by 10-15 Juniors/Seniors to serve as ELI mentors.

What do we do in ELI? ELI meets once a week on Wednesday evenings at 7pm (with occasional weekend events).  Some of the ELI experiences include: Project Proposals (a project where you propose an idea for positive change here on campus), StrengthsQuest (an inventory that identifies your top five strengths), Small Group meetings and so much more.

It is our hope that, as a result of participating in the ELI program, you will feel inspired, encouraged and supported in your personal leadership journey.


  • Minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Full-time sophomore status at Gonzaga University from August 2018 to May 2019
  • Must be available Wednesday nights from 7-8:30pm
  • Strong interest in developing leadership characteristics in yourself and others
  • Sense of responsibility and adaptability
  • Effective organizational skills, including time management and the ability to meet assigned deadlines
  • Commitment to grow and perform as a leader for self and for Gonzaga University

ELI Required Events/Components

  • Weekly Wednesday Night Meetings at 7pm
  • Small group meetings with your mentors weekly
  • One weekend retreat at the beginning of each semester
  • Schedule subject to change due to special campus speakers/events

Fee: ELI charges $25 participation fee. This covers our programming and retreat costs. Assistance is available if this fee is a barrier to participation.
For more information or application questions please contact Katie Herzog at herzogk@gonzaga.edu

Payne Center for Leadership Development

702 E. Desmet
Suite 203
Spokane, WA 99202

Mailing Address:

502 E. Boone Ave. 
MSC 2470
Spokane, WA 99258

Katie Herzog 
 Assistant Director
(509) 313-4156 
Email: herzogk@gonzaga.edu 
Program Coordinator
(509) 313-5610 

Nina Wu
Graduate Assistant
(509) 313-6486