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Department of Student Life kicks off the year


The Department of Student Life kicked off the school year with an open house and a launch party last month, designed to publicize the services it can offer to students.

The department has five main service areas: campus groups and recognition; first-year experience programs; community engagement; leadership development; and the International Student Centre.

Through campus groups, the department supports the 180 clubs on campus and helps students start new clubs and organizations through advice on things like fundraising, writing constitutions, and organization and marketing advice.

First-year experience programs hook first-year students up with a mentor and provide other help with making the transition to the university. International students are automatically enrolled in a program but any first-years can join.

The community engagement program gives students a chance to work with community members and also educates Scarborough high school and middle school students about opportunities for post-secondary education. This includes a First Generation Community project, which helps students who will be the first in their families to attend a post-secondary education program in Canada.

The department’s leadership development program gives students training in how to take on leadership roles on campus or in the community and offers three different streams: iLead for personal development; uLead for organizational development (such as campus groups);and WeLead for community development.

The DSL also works with the International Student Centre to provide help to students coming here to study from other countries. This includes special orientation sessions, specific advice on travelling and settling into the city, and a mentor program.

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