First-Year Leadership Organizations (FLOs)

Find Your First-Year Leadeship Organization (FLO)! 

A FLO (First-Year Leadership Organization) is an organization with Georgia Tech departmental connections that seeks to enhance the GT community though events, friendships, and service. FLOs are excellent opportunities for new students to build community and become engaged in leadership opportunities in their first-year!  If you choose to join a FLO, you will not only have the opportunity to impact the entire campus community, but most importantly, the new freshmen class! 

Currently, Georgia Tech has 9 FLOs! Click on each organization to learn more: 

First-Year Students are invited to apply to organizations of interest via the FLO Common Application. Applications will open 6/25/2021 at 8:00 AM.

CLICK HERE to apply!

The timeline for applications, interviews, and selection announcements is as follows:

June 25   Applications Open
August 27 11:59 PM EST All Applications Due
September 2 5:00 PM EST Interview Notifications Distributed by 5:00 PM
September 7 - September 12   Interviews
September 14 10:00 AM EST First Round Offers Distributed
September 15 2:00 PM EST Second Round Offers Distributed 
September 16 6:00 PM EST Last Round Offers Given
September 18 or 25   Mandatory FLO Retreats*

*FLO retreats will take place the weekends of September 18-19 and September 25-26. Each FLO will host a retreat during ONE of these two weekends.



Connect is a First-Year Leadership Organization designed to support student transitions into Georgia TechAs a part of our close-knit community, Connectors will gain valuable leadership skills through event planning and team-building activities that facilitate strong connections. Our students will be given the space to exercise their creative ability and create unique opportunities for Connect and the first-year class. As a New Student and Transition Programs organization, Connect’s vision is to ensure that new students feel confident and possess the tools to succeed at Georgia Tech.

Staff Advisor: Megan Faulkner 
Student Advisors: Max Mobley & Aiden Gibbs


Emerging Leaders


Emerging Leaders is a Freshman Leadership Organization that utilizes community service and leadership development to prepare Georgia Tech freshmen to become more astute student leaders. In addition, industry professionals and emerged alumni facilitate skill development that influences professional, personal, and academic growth. Students will have the opportunity to move theory to practice by utilizing acquired skills and knowledge to develop a community service project.

Staff Advisors: Mandy Morgan & Vince Morton
Student Advisors: Ram Chatoth, Doug Dillman,  Dahlia Galvez, Abby Henry, Mudit Gupta, Rani Kumar, Laila Mirza, and Duncan Taber



FreShGA seeks motivated and capable leaders in each year’s first-year class to plan events for all members of the Georgia Tech community. Participants are tasked with planning, fundraising, advertising, and hosting two annual events: Final Stand (a December event filled with free giveaways, sports competitions, and free food). Members will gain valuable experience in event planning, advertising, fundraising, budgeting, and will build lasting friendships.

Staff Advisor: Victoria Redmon
Student Advisor: Matthew Warrington 


First-Year Actitivies Board (FAB) 


First-Year Activities Board, or FAB, was founded in 2002. It is a Department of Housing student organization that is funded through resident student activity fees. FAB's impact on campus reaches far beyond the First-Year Experience Program. With 30 bright, enthusiastic, first-year students, FAB sets out to make Georgia Tech a better place. Members are developed into campus leaders by planning successful events, interacting in a teamwork environment, and collaborating with other organizations. During their time in FAB, our members have the opportunity to create unique events that bring a fresh perspective to campus. They take the leadership skills gained in FAB and apply them to a diverse range of student organizations throughout the rest of their college careers, leaving behind a lasting impact that reaches far beyond their first year.

Staff Advisor: Christopher Ruiz and Taylor Bailey
Student Advisor: David Williams and Gidon Kowalsky


First-Year Leadership Initiative (FLI) 



The mission of the First-Year Leadership Initiative (FLI) is to build and develop participant’s leadership skills and professional capabilities by supporting the Georgia Tech Student Foundation's mission of "Moving Forward by Giving Back."  Each FLI class works closely with a select group of Second-Year Advisors to manage, organize, and market campaigns that educates the student body on the importance of giving back to Georgia Tech and the Atlanta community. The incoming FLI class can expect to join a supportive community with opportunities to continue to grow and develop their skills within a formal leadership position on the Board of Trustees after completion of the FLI program.

Staff Advisor: Ryan Laughlin 
Student Advisor: Lauren Garett


First-Year Servant Leadership Organization (FSLO)


The First-Year Servant Leadership Organization was founded with the intent to provide servant leadership to various communities within and around Georgia Tech. Our goal is to help the first-year class grow into leaders who understand and embody Georgia Tech's motto of "progress and service.” Through their time in FSLO, our members will gain valuable skills in event planning, marketing, and independent thinking while also developing into servant leaders who will continue to serve at Georgia Tech, in the workplace, and in the community for years to come.


Suit Up Professional Preparation (SUPP)


The purpose of Suit Up Professional Preparation (SUPP) is to provide opportunities for the first-year class in career and professional preparation by developing up to 20 selected first-year students as student leaders that participate in all first-year leadership iniatives that enhance career and profesisonal development. Some key events and programs for SUPP include: resume writing workshop, mock career fair, and LinkedIn workshop. SUPP partners frequently with the Center for Career Discovery and Development (C2D2). 

Staff Advisors: Quenesha Humes and D'Andrea Allen
Student Advisor: Prathic Sundararajan


Reimagine, Inspire, Serve, Empower (RISE)


RISE (Reimagine, Inspire, Serve, Empower) is a First-Year Leadership Organization for incoming undergraduate students interested in advancing gender equity and social justice at Georgia Tech utilizing Feminist Leadership principles. First-year students will have a unique opportunity to gain valuable leadership skills and knowledge through coalition building, consciousness raising, and community service opportunities that center women’s voices and experiences. RISE members will work together to develop campus and community social justice-centered initiatives like the Red Goes Green: Sustainable & Equitable Menstruation program and small group projects focused on gender equity, all while creating life-long bonds with their fellow feminist leaders.

Staff Advisor: Melanie DeMaeyer

Student Advisors: Elizabeth Ayala Mojica, Tanya Roysam, Ana Pizarro, Ariana Garbers


SEEk Discomfort, or SEED, is a First-Year Leadership Organization dedicated to helping members grow their leadership and personal potential through introducing unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences that challenge their perceived limitations. Members will discover true growth through reaching outside of their comfort zone and challenging their own perceptions of what’s possible and will have the opportunity to conquer some of their biggest fears surrounded by a supportive family of peers. If you want to realize your full potential, lead others through real-life challenges, and do things you thought were impossible, then SEED is for you.

Staff Advisor: Stacey Doremus

Student Advisors: Chris Ozgo, Reed Blanchard, Gianna Fantell, and Arnab Dey