Leadership and Development

Developing your leadership skills as a student 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 Grant

The Student Engagement Grant aims to support various extra curricular, experiential learning activities. Funding is available to support students who are interested in engaging in experiential learning opportunities such as student club events, professional development workshops or conferences that further support students career development plans and academic pursuits.

Students can only apply once per academic year (September-September)

Important information:

  • Students are expected to submit a one-page written reflection upon completion of the experience;
  • Applications must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the anticipated start date of the experiential learning opportunity;
  • Applications can take up to 10 business days to be processed;
  • All applications are subject to available funding.


The Student Engagement Grants (S.E.G.) aims to support costs associated with students engaging in one time, extra curricular, experiential learning opportunities. The fund will support opportunities that increase capacity for Experiential Learning by enabling students to increase their network capital and apply what they have learned in the classroom to a real-world context.

Questions can be emailed to the Experiential Learning Office at: experientialoffice@stu.ca. Please include: "Student Engagement Grant" as the subject line.


East Coast Student Leadership Conference

St. Thomas students have participated, presented in, and even hosted this conference through the years. The Conference is an opportunity for student leaders from the Atlantic region, and beyond, to come together and share ideas, become inspired, and leave determined to make a difference on their campus and/or in their community. 

The conference is comprised of workshops, networking and brainstorming sessions, social activities, and keynote presentations, all designed to help you learn, grow, and prepare to take action!

This year’s conference is taking place on November 2-4, 2018. Keep an eye out for next year’s date.

STU Leads!

STU Leads! is an energy-packed, one-day event that aims to provide current and emerging student leaders with the opportunity to learn about various leadership topics and styles, while also developing tangible skills. STU Leads! will have inspiring keynotes, interactive workshops, and skills-based training from some of the top leadership talent in our community. Presenters will speak on topics such as the power of networking, conflict resolution, diversity training, public speaking, self-care for leaders and more.

St. Thomas Students:  STU Leads! Event Registration Cost is $10. Registration includes entry to all keynote talks, concurrent sessions and lunch. Please note: the registration fee in non-refundable. This year’s event will happen in January 2019. More details to come.

STU Cares Day of Action

STU Cares Day of Action is an event held in September each year 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. Volunteers work on such issues 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 we’ve done, social issues in the community, and connections to what we are learning in class.


STU Cares is a great way to meet new friends, make a difference, see more of Fredericton, and explore career opportunities.

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 2nd year student

Interested in attending a professional development conference on your own?

The Office of Experiential and Community Based Learning would be happy to help you plan to attend a professional development/leadership/networking event independently. We can help you prepare for them and find funding to alleviate the costs of attending: ask us about our Student Engagement Grants.

For more details about leadership events, contact us.


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. Previously, our chapter has traveled to Panama for a legal empowerment brigade and to Honduras for a water brigade.

In May 2019, STU Global Brigades will travel to Honduras for a 7-day public health brigade. If you're interested in joining our brigade (either as a volunteer or as a traveling brigader), please contact: globalbrigades@stu.ca

Other ways to boost your leadership skills: