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Emerging Leaders Institute

Are you interested in joining the SWASAP Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) Class of 2021? 

This opportunity is for people who want to get more involved but may not be sure where to start or for people who want to finally understand the ins-and-outs of how SWASAP works. Everyone is invited to apply for this opportunity. You do not have to be a new SWASAP member or new to TRIO.  

The 2021 ELI class is made up of representatives from each state and will meet during a three-day summit in Las Vegas, Nevada. There will be two additional online meetings and a final gathering at the 2021 SWASAP Conference in Albuquerque, NM. 

ELI participants have an opportunity to better understand SWASAP's mission and history. Participants will explore their leadership styles and test their ability working in a team together in addition to networking with other TRIO staff from around the region. 

Important Dates to Remember

Application and supporting materials due to your state president: June 1, 2021

State presidents turn in four candidates to ELI Committee: June 25, 2021

Final Selections will be announced: July 5, 2021

Three-Day ELI Summit: October 4-6 in Las Vegas, NV

Two Online Meetings: October, November 2021 with supporting Conference Committees

Final ELI Objective: Participate and lead at SWASAP Conference Albuquerque, NM.

Application found here!

SWASAP 2021 ELI Application (

Costs Associated with ELI


Flight to Las Vegas, NV: State Association

Hotel (2 nights) in Las Vegas, NV: SWASAP

Hotels Meals during training day: SWASAP

Meals during travel and outside of training time not covered as part of ELI Summit: State Association or Individual

SWASAP Conference--Albuquerque, NM

Travel to Albuquerque, NM: Individual ELI Student's TRIO Program (as part of SWASAP Attendance)

Hotel in Albuquerque, NM: Individual ELI Student's TRIO Program (as part of SWASAP Attendance)

*please note that the final meeting during the SWASAP Conference in Albuquerque, NM will need to be covered by the individual ELI student's TRIO Program as part of SWASAP Attendance. SWASAP and each state association does not provide funding for the SWASAP Conference. 

If you are interested in applying, please fill out the application and submit the online application no later than close of business on June 1, 2021.

Apply Here! SWASAP 2021 ELI Application (

If you have questions, please let us know. 

Chair: Stephanie Givens at

State Presidents:

Arkansas- Michael Barnes,

Louisiana-Jaime Flanagan,

New Mexico- Jesus Villarreal,

Oklahoma- John Thao,

Texas- D’Angelo Sands,


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