First-Year Leadership Organizations (FLOs)



A FLO (First-Year Leadership Organization) is an organization with strong GT departmental connections that seeks to better the Georgia Tech community through a unique program that enriches the first year experience for its members and the entire freshman class. FLOs are excellent opportunities for new students to become engaged in leadership opportunities in their first-year. Currently, Georgia Tech has five FLOs: 


Emerging Leaders (EL)


First-Year Activities Board (FAB) 

First-Year Leadership Iniative (FLI) 

First-Year Servant Leadership Organization (FSLO)

Suit Up Professional Preparation (SUPP)

Reimagine, Inspire, Serve, Empower (RISE)


First-Year Students are invited to apply to organizations of interest via the FLO Common Application. Applications will open 7/15/2020 at 8:00 AM.

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

July 15   Applications Open
August 23 11:59 PM EST All Applications Due
August 27 5:00 PM EST Interview Notifications Distributed by 5:00 PM
August 28 -September 3    Interviews
September 8 10:00 AM EST First Round Offers Distributed
September 9 10:00 AM EST First Round Offer Acceptance Deadline
September 9 2:00 PM EST Second Round Offers Distributed 
September 10 2:00 PM EST Second Round Offer Deadline
September 10 6:00 PM EST Last Round Offers Given
September 11 2:00 PM EST Last Round Offer Deadline
September 12-20   Mandatory FLO Retreats*

*FLO retreats will take place the weekends of September 12-13 and September 19-20. 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 the Georgia Tech community. Members will gain valuable leadership skills via campus collaboration, event planning, and team-building activities to facilitate strong connections across campus. 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 Advisor: Julianna Brown


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 freshman class to plan events for all members of the Georgia Tech community. Participants are tasked with planning, fundraising, advertising, and hosting two annual events: One Night Stand (a December event filled with free giveaways, sports competitions, and free food) and Friday Buzz (an April event designed to celebrate different organizations on campus and diversity within Georgia Tech). Members will gain valuable experience in event planning, advertising, fundraising, budgeting, and will build lasting friendships.
Staff Advisor: Victoria Redmon
Student Advisor: Ian McClish


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: Morgan Long 
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 Re-imagine a more equitable future, Inspire social change, Serve in honor of community justice, and Empower women and their allies to take action for gender equity. 

Staff Advisor: Dani Lechner

Student Advisor: Lauren Heybroek, Celia Kornegay, Caitlin Canfield, & Simrill Smith