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Pathfinder: Texas State Emerging Leaders Program

Applications for the Fall 2019 cohort of Pathfinder: Texas State Emerging Leaders are currently closed. 

Leadership Program for First-Year and Sophomore Students!

Pathfinder students

The Pathfinder: Texas State Emerging Leaders Program is designed to help first and second year students explore 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 be paired with an upperclassmen mentor. The mentorship component of Pathfinder pairs 3-4 participants with a student leader that is active on campus and has successfully completed a Leadership Institute program. Participants will exit the program with a better understanding of their leadership skills and a commitment to excellence.

Key components of Pathfinder include:

  • 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 

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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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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Mentorship

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

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Spring 2015 Cohort

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Spring 2015 Cohort

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Fall 2017 Cohort