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Global Engagement Student Leadership

We believe students are at the core of what we do. The student leadership opportunities offered through Global Engagement allow you to share and execute your innovative ideas and support the work we do, while building your own intercultural skills and abilities.

Global Engagement Student Ambassadors 

The Global Engagement Student Ambassadors (GESAs) help to promote a globally aware culture on campus. These are students who have a passion for global and intercultural issues and learning, and who volunteer to create spaces to explore these themes on campus. GESA volunteer opportunities are available in Waterloo and Brantford.

Membership

GESAs are a volunteer team who work closely with the Global Engagement team and other campus partners in supporting our student exchange program, incoming exchange students and International at Home initiatives in Waterloo and Brantford. Volunteering as a GESA provides you with an amazing opportunity to gain new competencies and use existing knowledge. 

Benefits

All GESAs will receive personal and professional development opportunities, as well as Laurier Experience Record credit. Those who meet or exceed expectations of their roles will also receive:

  • Reference letter from the coordinator of global engagement programming.
  • Reference for future employment opportunities, on request.
  • LinkedIn recommendation, on request.

How to Apply

Apply now to be a GESA:

  • Waterloo students can log in to Navigator and look for job ID #122271. The application deadline is Sunday, Mar. 24 at midnight.
  • Brantford students can fill out this form to apply. Applications are always accepted!

World University Service of Canada - Local Committee

Volunteer with the Local Committee to support the Student Refugee Program with the World University Service of Canada (WUSC). This committee, made up of student leaders, welcomes newly arriving students who were previously living in other countries as refugees. The Local Committee helps to set up housing, as well as provide social and academic supports for the arriving students.

The Local Committee also plans fundraising and awareness campaigns to raise campus awareness about global issues such as women's empowerment, refugee girls' education, ethical purchasing, food security and health care for people living with HIV and AIDS. 

This rewarding volunteer opportunity is a great way to meet new people and make a lasting impact.

There are WUSC Local Committees in both Waterloo and Brantford.

Apply now to join the WUSC Local Committee in Waterloo! Log in to Navigator and look for job ID #122232. The application deadline is Wednesday, Mar. 13 at 11:59 p.m.

Student Groups

 

International Students' Association

The International Students' Association is a student-led group focused on uniting international students and promoting internationalization at Laurier. 

The association works to identify issues that are relevant to international students and to provide a voice for members to advocate these interests to the university.

As well, the association provides a space for international and exchange students to connect with each other and with domestic students to share university and life experiences.

To get involved with the association, email them at isawlaurier@gmail.com

The International Students' Association is a Students' Union club.

Intercultural Students' Association of Brantford

The Intercultural Students' Association of Brantford (ISAB) is a student-led group focused on fostering connectivity and positive relationships between domestic and international students.

ISAB creates an open and inviting community for the sharing and expression of diverse cultures, and to support the success of international students, as well as a forum for students to meet like-minded peers while becoming more globally engaged. 

Throughout the academic year, ISAB plans, executes and participates in fun and enriching social gatherings, recognizes important global events and helps to promote student mobility opportunities.

To get involved with ISAB, email them at ISAB@wlu.ca.

Global Engagement Fund for WLUSU and WLUGSA Clubs

As part of the Global Engagement initiative at Laurier, the university is aiming to educate students to become citizens of the world. Part of this involves international student recruitment, international student mobility, international at home, and initiatives to help international students succeed in Canada.

The Global Engagement Fund aims to encourage the Students’ Union (SU) and Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) to assist in the global engagement initiative at Laurier. This could result in:

  • The clubs becoming better equipped to carry on their globally focused activities; and
  • More clubs taking on a more international perspective, thereby increasing the number of clubs with a global focus.

Funding Details

  • The maximum award is $1,000.
  • The fund will not support student travel.
  • Awards are intended to support initiatives beyond the clubs' regular activities.
  • Applications will be considered from groups of students that are not formal SU/GSA clubs (e.g. clubs associated with the Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Athletics, LSPIRG, Laurier International, etc.) with the approval of the relevant student union executive (SU or GSA).

Email your completed application form to globalengagement@wlu.ca.

Download the Application Form (PDF)