ECL at Illinois

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Thank you for considering United Way's Emerging Community Leaders program! We believe this is the best program for faculty and staff new to the area and looking to get involved in our community's nonprofit sector and meet other community-minded people.

The ECL at Illinois program is offered FREE OF CHARGE thanks to support from the Office of the Chancellor and the United Way Board of Directors. 

Calendar and Program Overview

Before submitting your application, take some time to get to know our ECL at Illinois program and make sure it's a good fit for you. 

2021 Class Calendar and Attendance Requirements

2021 ECL Program Learning Outcomes

Application Deadlines

We encourage everyone interested in ECL at Illinois to apply early! The class is limited to 30 members, and the selections process is competitive.

The 2021 ECL at Illinois Application Deadline is 6 PM on Wednesday, August 4. Recommendation Letters are welcomed, but not required.

ECL Candidate Selection Information

  1. We are looking for highly motivated young faculty and staff who would like to CONNECT with other other community-minded people, SERVE our community through volunteerism, and LEAD by learning about and tackling our community's challenges. We are building future leaders in Champaign County!

  2. Applicants are encouraged to share a recommendation letter, but not required. Recommendations may be from a professional, volunteer, or personal source.

  3. We are looking for applicants who plan to live and/or work in Champaign County for the foreseeable future.

  4. The ECL at Illinois program is coordinated for young faculty and employees at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign at least 21 years of age. Our program is unable to accept full-time undergraduate students*

  5. We will limit the size of the class to ensure everyone participating has a meaningful experience. The selection process is competitive and not all applicants may be admitted.

* At this time, employees working in an Extra Help or academic hourly capacity are not eligible to participate in the on-campus program. However, they may apply for the community-based version of the program at

ECL @ Illinois Application

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The ECL Application period is closed.