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The Freshman Leadership Institute (FLI)s a premier leadership development program for aspiring student leaders. During an exciting eight-week workshop series, you will have the opportunity to meet influential university leaders, develop personal leadership skills, and create a network of colleagues. Through the guidance of an experienced student leader, you and your cohort will have the chance to get involved in the many facets of leadership at Northeastern Illinois University. You don’t need a background in leadership to be a part of FLI. First-year students from all levels of experience are welcome. Institute will run from the week of October 4th through the week of November 30th. You will be able to select either a Tuesday or Wednesday meeting time.

Student Responsibilities

  • Working closely with your group
  • Establishing personal values
  • Striving to be an integral part of the university
  • Meeting new people, developing relationships, and having fun
  • Attending weekly workshops, either Tuesdays or Wednesdays @ 3:30-5:00 p.m.(November 1st and 2nd will run later due to off campus trip).
  • Attending FLI Orientation Social: October 4th or 5th 2011 @ 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Participate in Soup Kitchen (Oct 18th from Tuesday class Nov 16th for Wednesday class). This will run later than 5pm
  • Attending Service Learning Institute: November 5, 2011.  All Day at Columbia College Chicago
  • Attending FLI Graduation:  November 29 or 30, 2011 @ 5-6 p.m.
  • Attend LEAD Banquet in April 2012

Important Deadlines

Applications are available on-line below and are to be completed by September 23 at 4:30 p.m. We will notify applicants via email about acceptance into the program.

Contact Information

Please review all of the commitments prior to completing your application.  It is important that FLI participants understand all program responsibilities and expectations. If you should have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Veronica Rodriguez at

Application Deadline
September 23, 2011
(submitted by 4:30pm online)

Online Application Form
Click on link below