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Student Leadership Program

Student Leadership Program logoThe Student Leadership Program workshop model blends theory with practical application while also integrating with other departments and organizations within the Laurier community. This approach engages students with individual growth, group development, and community experiences, which are the three principles of the Social Change Model of Leadership. These themes are reflected in the program workshops and certificate requirements.

Workshops are led by our volunteer leadership ambassadors.

The Student Leadership Program (SLP), a free program offered to Laurier students on the Waterloo campus, offers students a chance to develop their leadership skills through workshops, reflection, and practical experience. To receive certification, students must complete the following:

  • All workshops under the three pillars of personal leadership, team leadership, and community leadership.
  • Three additional training electives, of which one must be an academic elective.
  • Ten hours of community experience.
  • A reflection piece.

Students who have completed the program may apply to do a capstone project for additional Co-Curricular Record credit.

Student Leadership Program components are as follows.

Core Program Workshops

To complete the Student Leadership Program certificate, you must complete all three pillar workshops. Dates and registration details will be posted when available.

Personal Leadership

Topics covered:

  • Leadership 101
  • Leading Through Communication
  • A Volunteer's Toolkit

Community Leadership

Topics covered:

  • Leading with Integrity
  • Understanding and Managing Team Conflict
  • My Community, My Impact

Team Leadership

Topics covered:

  • Developing Your Leadership Philosophy
  • Motivating and Managing Teammates
  • Experiential Learning Through Service

Elective Workshops

Three additional training electives are required to complete the Student Leadership Program: one academic and two general.

Academic elective

This elective will allow you to personalize the program and make a connection between your leadership education and academic discipline. Eligible events include academic panel discussions, additional training/workshops offered by academic departments, guest lectures and more.

Please complete the Academic Elective Verification Form to let us know what event you plan on attending to complete this requirement so we can verify that it is eligible.

General electives

These electives can be completed by participating in leadership training offered by campus partners. Please complete the General Elective Verification Form to let us know what event you plan on attending to complete this requirement so we can verify that it is eligible.

For frequently updated information on specific electives eligible for credit, see Electives and Community Experience.

Community Experience

The community experience requirement will connect the ideas and concepts discussed during core programs with practical leadership experience you are involved in. To encourage a meaningful community experience we ask that all 10 hours be completed within the same organization. The community experience requirement may be:

  • An experience you are involved in as a leader, such as a leadership role within a student club or council, role as a residence don; or leadership role in an external organization.
  • A new experience you take on as a leader: ongoing volunteering with a community organization, creating and facilitating a large event, seeking out a topic of interest where leadership skills are used.

The community experience must consist of at least 10 hours of time commitment and not be an experience you are receiving course credit or compensation for. Upon completion of the community experience, submit a Community Experience Written Submission. Please note: this submission is separate from the written leadership reflection.

For frequently updated suggestions on where you could get your community experience, see Electives and Community Experience.


To complete the Student Leadership Program you will meet regularly with a leadership ambassador. The leadership ambassador will help mentor you through the SLP and guide a personal jounal reflection.

To conclude the reflection piece, each participant will submit a Leadership Certificate Reflection Form. The reflection is an evaluation of the entire leadership certificate experience. There is an opportunity to creatively present your reflection at the Centre for Student Life and Engagement ceremony in March. Students may be invited to present their reflection to the audience through song, video, a speech, etc., or have their creative reflection displayed with other student works during the ceremony.

Certificate and Recognition

Pillar certificates and full Student Leadership Program certificates will be presented at our Centre for Student Life and Engagement Ceremony in March.

Although the full certificate program isn’t offered on the Brantford campus, some of its workshops are. Completing these workshops alone does qualify for Co-Curricular Record recognition and counts towards the BF290 workshop component.

Brantford Workshops

Dates and registration details will be posted when available.

Personal Leadership

  • Discover how your leadership style and skills can improve your daily life and future goals at this interactive workshop.

Community Leadership

  • Discover what it means to be a leader within your community at this interactive workshop.

Team Leadership

  • Discover what it means to be a leader within your teams at this interactive workshop.

For more information on Co-Curricular Record or BF290 credit for these workshops, contact

Contact Us:

Waterloo Campus

T: 519.884.0710 x4664
Office Location: Second floor, Fred Nichols Campus Centre

Brantford Campus

T: 519.756.8228 x5822
Office Location: Second floor, Student Centre