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Global Engagement Student Leadership

Global Engagement Student Ambassadors (GESA)

Laurier’s goal is to graduate students who are engaged and aware of their role in an increasingly globalized society.

As part of Laurier International, it is our responsibility in Global Engagement to plan, develop, implement and evaluate intercultural programming to meet Laurier’s goal. We believe students are at the core of what we do and we value their input to execute innovative ideas and support the work we do.


GESA is a volunteer team that works 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. GESA provides amazing opportunities for our students to gain new competencies and use existing knowledge.

Students must be:

  • Currently enrolled at Laurier.
  • Have previous experience in either study abroad/volunteer abroad, events or social media.
  • Willing to attend meetings, training and events.


All members will receive personal and professional development opportunities; however, students who meet or exceed expectations of their roles and responsibilities will receive:

  • Reference letter from the coordinator of global engagement programming.
  • Reference for future employment opportunities on request.
  • LinkedIn recommendation on request.
  • You will also gain co-curricular record credit for your participation.

It's never too late to join – if you want more information, contact us.

Global Engagement Student Ambassadors (GESA)

Global Engagement Student Ambassadors will help to promote a globally aware culture on campus. These students have a passion for global and intercultural issues and learning, and volunteer to create spaces to explore these themes on campus. This will include volunteer support of programs like the student exchange program, as well as events on campus that create opportunities for Laurier students to engage critically in global issues. For information and to get involved contact Laurier International.

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 of student leaders welcomes newly arriving students who were previously living in other countries as refugees. The Local Committee helps to set up housing, and also to 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 girl’s 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. For information and to get involved contact the Local Committee.

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. We provide a forum for students to meet like-minded peers while becoming more globally engaged. Throughout the academic year, we plan, execute, and participate in fun and enriching social gatherings. We also work to mark important global events and help to promote student mobility opportunities.

Find us at our Facebook group.

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.


  • 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

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