The Emerging Leaders Academy

The Delta Chi Fraternity is committed to developing the strongest leaders throughout one’s membership. The Emerging Leaders Academy is a four-day leadership development experience that helps participants learn more about their leadership styles and strengths.

This highly interactive program is geared toward rising sophomores and juniors and takes place at the founding site of Delta Chi, Cornell University. Participants will not only have the chance to learn about whom they are as leaders, but also reflect upon this history of our Founders and how we live out their legacy.

We are able to provide this experience thanks to the generous support of our donors and the Delta Chi Educational Foundation.  The DCEF has granted over $30,000 to help this program get up and running.  


Continuing support of the ELA is imperative.  The Delta Chi Educational Foundation has set a goal to fund 25 scholarships for qualified students to attend by June 1, 2019:        Fundraising Thermometer

  • Each scholarship is valued at $650 per year, and we are seeking a three-year commitment from donors = $1,950.
    • Scholarships may be named by the donor, and reserved for a student from your Chapter.
    • If no one from your Chapter applies, the scholarship may be awarded to another student in your Region or at the direction of the DCEF Board of Directors.
  • Each scholarship covers the cost of the student’s four-day experience: lodging, meals, materials, etc. but does not cover travel at this time. 
  • Attendees are responsible for paying their own $50 Registration Fee.

If you are interested in sponsoring an Emerging Leaders Scholarship please make your gift clicking the button above, or texting keyword “ELA” to the #91999 to make a mobile gift, or by contacting our Director of Development:

Peter Lane at or (319) 499-0352.  Thank you!

2018 Academy

JUNE 15-18, 2018
Robert Purcell Community Center
Ithaca, NY
Initiated Sophomores & Juniors
Lodging is Provided
Registration Fee: $50*

Participants must be initiated members of Delta Chi by June 1, 2018. Preference will be given to those who are going into their sophomore or junior year of college. Space is limited for this program, so the Fraternity may limit the number of participants from one chapter.

Immediately following the ELA, Delta Chi will provide you with an opportunity (via email) to submit a reimbursement claim for 50% of the mileage and/or travel cost not to exceed $350. Attendees will be granted two weeks (14 days) from the date that the email is sent to submit a claim for reimbursement.

  • The Fraternity will be offering the opportunity to apply for 50% reimbursements of the mileage and/or travel cost (up to $350) after the conclusion of Emerging Leaders Academy. Please check with your chapter’s “D” as there may be opportunities for your chapter to provide financial support as well.

  • If you will be driving to Ithaca, NY you must arrive to the campus no later than 3:00pm EDT. Lunch is not provided so please make sure to eat lunch before arriving.

    Robert Purcell Community Center 
    206 Sisson Place
    Ithaca, NY 14853

    — General Directions to Ithaca —

    From the southeast, you may take I-81 north and exit at Whitney Point. Take US route 11 North to route 79, taking route 79 to Ithaca.

    From the southwest, take route 96, 89, or 34 north to route 13, following route 13 to Ithaca.

    From the northwest, take route 79, 96, 89 or 34 south to route 13 & Ithaca.

    From the New York State Thruway east or west, follow 81 south to the Homer exit (Exit 12) for route 281 & 13. Go south on route 281, which become route 13 in South Cortland. Follow route 13 to Ithaca. Follow the Northeast directions below.

    — Directions to the Robert Purcell Community Center —

    From the Northeast on Route 13, take the exit for the Pyramid Mall & Triphammer Road. At the light at the end of the exit ramp, go left on Triphammer Road, continuing over the bridge, and through two traffic lights until you reach the first stop sign at Hanshaw Road (stay in the left lane). Turn left onto Hanshaw Road, passing a couple of small shopping complexes on the right. Follow the “Cornell” signs. Turn right onto Pleasant Grove Road. Turn right onto George Jessup Road and continue straight until you come to the Robert Purcell Community Center (the 2nd entrance on your left).

    From the Southwest, Southeast, or Northwest, take any route (79, 96, 89 or 34) to Route 13 (North and East). Route 13 North from Rts. 79, 89 or 96 is A.K.A. Meadow Street, which runs 1-way through the city of Ithaca. Take the Triphammer Road exit off Route 13. Go right at the traffic light onto Triphammer Road, through the next traffic light until you reach the first stop sign at Hanshaw Road (stay in the left lane). Turn left onto Hanshaw Road, passing a couple of small shopping complexes on the right. Follow the “Cornell” signs. Turn right onto Pleasant Grove Road. Turn right onto George Jessup Road and continue straight until you come to the Robert Purcell Community Center (the 2nd entrance on your left).

    — Parking Information —

    Participants driving to the program will be parking in the Robert Purcell Community Center parking lot. Delta Chi will provide you with a parking permit when you arrive onsite. Please make sure to read the signage and only park in the sections that are for permits or “Park Mobile” app users.

    After you park, please come directly to the Robert Purcell Community Center and proceed to the check in tables. There were will signage directing you to that location.

  • If you plan on flying to the Emerging Leaders Academy, please follow the information listed below.

    Part One: Travel Dates and Important Information

    • Do not book your travel to the program until the Delta Chi staff has confirmed your attendance.
    • All flights should arrive at and depart from the Syracuse International Airport (SYR).
    • Schedule your flight to arrive on Friday, June 15th by 2pm.
    • Schedule your flight to depart on Monday, June 18th no earlier than 1:30pm.
    • You will take a bus (provided by the Fraternity) to the Cornell campus.

    Part Two: Booking Your Ticket Online

    • Feel free to book your travel through sites such as Kayak, Expedia, or Orbitz or directly through an airline of your choice.
    • Finalize your travel arrangements no later than May 15th to take advantage of the cheapest rates.

    Part Three: Confirming Your Travel Plans

    • Once you have made your travel plans, please complete the travel information form which will be made available.

    Part Four: Getting to the Airport and Traveling To and From Ithaca

    • Due to increased security at airports please arrive at least 90 minutes prior to your departure. You do not want to miss your flight.
    • When you arrive at SYR, proceed to the Baggage Claim area located within the terminal. There is only one Baggage Claim within this airport. There a staff member or intern for the program will greet you.
    • A charter bus will take all participants who are flying to the Cornell University campus. On Monday, June 18th all participants flying home will be taken by charter bus back to the airport.
    • Any costs for airport parking are your responsibility, so check with friends or relatives to see if you can get a ride to the airport.
    • If you are flying internationally, please do not forget your passport.
    • The first meal within the program will be dinner so it is recommended that you have lunch before leaving the airport.
  • Emerging Leaders Academy takes place at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Participants will be staying in a residence hall on the Cornell campus in double-occupancy rooms. Linens and towels will be provided and changed daily. All meals during the program will be provided.

  • The Emerging Leaders Academy is a substance-free event. This policy is in effect from the time that you arrive (either at the airport or on the Cornell campus) until you depart on Sunday afternoon. Participants who violate this policy will be sent home at their own expense and their chapter will receive a $750 fine.

    Participants are expected to participate in all conference sessions and remain onsite throughout the entirety of the program. There will be free time during the program but participants are expected to stay within the areas designated for our program.

  • Attire for the program is casual. It should be warm outside but it may be cold in the air-conditioned building so we recommend packing layers. Participants must pack tennis shoes for the team building course as well as workout or gym clothes.


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