Get to know the SSO: Enhance your leadership skills with the Student Leadership Program

Students participate in workshop

During Student Leadership Program workshops, participants work individually and on teams to gain new skills and reinforce learning.

Have you found yourself in a leadership role while working on a group project or during a co-op term, and wished you had more experience overseeing a team? The Student Leadership Program (SLP) helps you to discover and develop these skills, all while enhancing your resume and providing a networking opportunity with different students from around the University.

The SLP is a series of 12 free professional development workshops designed to develop and strengthen your interpersonal and communication skills; nurture creativity and critical thinking; explore and enhance your leadership capabilities; and help you gain knowledge and develop skills in leadership on campus and within the community.

Melissa Lancaster, a graduate with a BA in Economics and a Psychology Minor, is currently employed with Waste Management, found the program rewarding and beneficial to her academic and professional career.

I've learned a great deal from the program and I rave about it to every student I know. I wish more students knew about it, because it has so many benefits. I was recently hired by a company who noticed it on my resume and was quite impressed with the skills and knowledge I had gained through participating. They were also impressed by the fact that it was not a mandatory part of the program, but something that students did voluntarily on their own time. It has definitely helped me in my career at UWaterloo and outside of school in the workforce.

Workshops are offered on weekdays, evenings, and Saturdays at different times throughout the day to accommodate student schedules. Workshops can be taken in any order over the span of your entire undergraduate degree. Students who complete all 12 workshops will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment signed by Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur, the University of Waterloo's President, as well as Chris Read, the Associate Provost, Students.

Kristina Schaller, a second year co-op student majoring in Therapeutic Recreation, enjoys the program for the opportunities it provides to interact with others.

The SLP gives you the opportunity to break out of your comfort zone in an inclusive and supportive environment. The workshops provide a place to voice your opinions and discuss your innovative ideas with others.

Registration for the Student Leadership Program is now open! Visit the SLP website to see the full list of offerings and be sure to visit LEADS as soon as possible to secure your spot as spaces are limited.

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