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Pathfinder: Texas State Emerging Leaders Program


The Pathfinder: Texas State Emerging Leaders Program is designed as our foundational program where your leadership journey will begin and set you up for success as you navigate leadership at Texas State University and beyond. We meet once a week on Mondays for two hours during which participants will engage in interactive team building and leadership development exercises by Leadership Institute staff and guest facilitators.

The program provides a community on campus for students who are interested in being leaders on campus, wish to learn leadership theory, and would like to earn valuable skills and knowledge. Participants will exit the program with a better understanding of their leadership skills and a commitment to excellence.

Key Components of Pathfinder: Defining Leadership, Myers-Briggs Personality Assessment, Values Identification, Leadership Advising, Service and Civic Engagement 

Goal of Pathfinder: Texas State Emerging Leaders Program

 As a Pathfinder: Texas State Emerging Leaders Program participant you will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore the connections between leadership and the university community 
  • Engage in personal leadership development to obtain the knowledge and skills for assuming leadership roles
  • Instill a foundation for future campus and community leaders
  • Meet other students who know what it takes to succeed
  • Network with experienced leaders and university staff 

COVID-19 UPDATE: To ensure the safety of our participants and the Leadership Institute team, our Pathfinder program will be held virtually unless notified otherwise. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to reach out.

The application period for Pathfinder applications has closed. If you're interested in participating in the program in Spring 2021, please feel free to reach out to Ramces Luna at for any questions or concerns. 

Program Highlights & Memories

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Recognition of Participants

Students are recognized for engagement during Pathfinder by Assistant Dean of Students, Laramie McWilliams.

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Presentation Skills and Cooperative Learning

Students work collaboratively to share their experiences and learn from each other.

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Team Building

Students grow with each other through engaging and interactive activities.

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Mentors serve as advocates and an integral part of the Pathfinder participant learning process.

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Fall 2019 Cohort & Staff picture with the mayor

Participants get a chance to engage civically at the local level.

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Spring 2015 Cohort

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Spring 2019 Cohort & Staff

Students, mentors, and staff grow together over the brief few weeks to develop a strong and nurturing learning environment.

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Spring 2015 Cohort

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Fall 2017 Cohort