Leadership and Development
It is important to develop your leadership skills during your time as a student. It pays great dividends both in the short-term, as you enhance the St. Thomas community, and in the long-term, as you prepare for your future career. From attending conferences to volunteering internationally, we will help you get started!
Student Engagement Grants
Our grants support costs associated with students engaging in one-time, extracurricular, experiential learning opportunities.
The fund will support students who are interested in engaging in experiential learning opportunities such as:
- Professional development workshops
- Conferences that further support students career development plans and academic pursuits.
- Leadership events
- Entrepreneurial competitions
- Specialized skills development training
These grant enables you, as a student, to increase your network capital, apply classroom content to a real-world context, and reflect on the experience as an opportunity for growth.
How to apply?
Applications must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the anticipated start date of the experiential learning opportunity.
Alexandra Cunningham, BA’20
Great Books and Philosophy
“Sharing one's independent research with peers in the field is an integral part of working in academia. Presenting at the TRU Philosophy, History, and Politics Undergraduate Conference was an invaluable opportunity for me. The Student Engagement Grant gave me the chance to talk with others about something that interests me, learn about other students' and professionals' research and perspectives, and network with those in my field.”
Rising Youth Grants
RisingYouth is a program led by TakingITGlobal to help youth build Canada and develop life skills by giving back to their communities. The gran program seeks to increase involvement through community service and volunteer projects. The program is currently funded to offer grants through March 2021.
Types of projects that can be funded through the grant include: clubs and societies who need funding for a project to volunteer with a non-profit organization, students who organize the delivery of care packages to vulnerable groups of people, community gardens, etc. For more info and to submit a grant application, visit the link below.
STU Leads! is an energy-packed, one-day event that aims to provide students with an opportunity to learn about various leadership topics and styles while also developing tangible skills. Through inspiring keynotes, interactive workshops, and skills-based training from some of the top leadership talent in our community, students will go home with the motivation and drive to be game-changers in their communities.
STU Cares Day of Action is a yearly event that embodies STU’s spirit of service. Volunteer teams of STU students go out into the community to learn about the work of a local community organization and do hands-on work to support it.
“Attending events like these doesn’t only provide volunteer experience, it educates you on the reality of a lot of issues we discuss in the classroom.” – Anna Sirois, BA’ 21
Volunteers work on issues such as poverty, food security, environmental preservation, homelessness, domestic violence, youth, and community building (to name a few). The day concludes with a chance to reflect on the service students have done, social issues in the community, and connections to what they are learning in class.
Students can also engage in other service-learning opportunities throughout the year. This includes a day where students get cultural competency training, volunteer with the New Brunswick newcomer community, and reflect on the day’s activities while making connections to their academic learning.
International Volunteering: Global Brigades
Join the STU chapter of Global Brigades! Global Brigades is a non-for-profit organization that works within four countries to assist in the development of sustainable communities. Some of these brigades include: water, public health, medical & dental, engineering, legal empowerment and business. If you're interested in joining our brigade (either as a volunteer or as a traveling brigader), please contact: email@example.com
Students have gone on the following brigades:
- 2017 – Panama: Legal Empowerment Brigade
- 2018 – Honduras: Water Brigade
- 2019 – Honduras: Public Health Brigade
- Interested in entrepreneurship? Join Enactus STU.
- Gain independence while immersing in a new culture: study abroad during your degree.
- Join one of our many clubs and societies. Or create your own!
- Volunteer in the city of Fredericton: ConnectFredericton.
Current students: Not sure how to articulate all these experiences on your resume? Visit the Career Development Page for advice.
Any questions about these can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org