The Emerging Leaders Study (ELS) aimed to investigate and contribute to the formation of emerging adults as productive, multicultural leaders. The ELS returned to the same sample of respondents studied longitudinally in the NSYR study (see below), and resurveyed former participants to collect updated data after young people had more fully transitioned into adulthood. Data include topics such as: school, work, family, romantic relationships, philanthropy, media, morality, and religion. The study also included a random control experiment on charitable giving.
The struggles that many young people had as they transitioned to adulthood prompted myself and 6 colleagues to write a book about how to navigate college. This book exposes the often-unwritten rules of college in order to foster greater equity in who succeeds, and to help students of a wide variety of backgrounds become leaders.