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Richard Epps Emerging Leadership (REEL) Program

Named after the first African American student to serve as Carolina’s Student Body President, the Richard Epps Emerging Leadership Program (REEL) is an emerging leader, cohort-style program preparing incoming first-year and transfer students to develop key leadership skills that will serve them on UNC’s campus, throughout North Carolina, and nationally. The REEL program utilizes a comprehensive curriculum and leadership framework to engage Scholars in rigorous leadership development and professional development scholarship. 

Students selected for the REEL program will participate in workshops, seminars, and lectures throughout the entire academic year that will both enrich and broaden their Carolina experiences. The students will also have cohort-style programming and trips, and these students will serve as the First-Year Focus and Student Experience Advisory Council to the Undergraduate Student Government. 

After a year of robust programming, curriculum-based development, and scholarship-based experiences, the Richard Epps Scholars will participate in the Annual Richard Epps Honors Ceremony where they will be honored for completing the Emerging Leaders Program.

REEL Application Information

Applications to the Richard Epps Emerging Leadership Program are currently open and will close on August 30, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern. Apply by clicking the link below. Please direct questions to Director of Programs and Policy Implementation Austin Geer at All undergraduate students, including incoming undergraduate and transfer students, are eligible to apply!

REEL Application

REEL Spring 2022 Calendar

Download here: REEL SPRING 2022