Student leadership

The Student Life Leadership Program includes two streams: one stream focuses on student mental health promotion and the second stream focuses on promoting consent and healthy relationships on campus. While some training will occur together, each group will focus on developing and leading initiatives on campus specific to their different concentrations.

As part of these programs you will have the opportunity to gain a variety of transferable skills, such as presentation skills, workshop facilitation, communications, event planning, leadership skills, program development, and advanced listening, referring and support skills. Student leaders who participate in these programs will receive co-curricular credit for successfully completing this program.  In addition, you will have the incredible opportunity to make a real impact on our campus community.

Mental Health Leadership Stream

Through the Student Mental Health Leadership Program (SMHLP), you will engage in focused efforts to promote positive mental health on campus. For example, as a Mental Health Leader you will actively promote the Student Mental Health Strategy (SMHS) and take leadership in outreach initiatives, events, and social media that are relevant and meaningful for the mental health of UVic students. Mental Health Leaders will be provided with education and training in topics such as effective listening and communication, recognizing and supporting people in distress, workshop facilitation, and resiliency.

Student Mental Health Leaders will choose what they wish to be involved in from a diverse list of initiatives and opportunities, including:

  • Facilitating workshops, seminars, and panel discussions on topics related to student mental health on campus;
  • Acting as advisors for the university to help ensure that the Student Mental Health Strategy is delivered in a way that is student friendly;
  • Acting as representatives for the Student Mental Health Strategy around campus (e.g. giving campus talks);
  • Organizing campus events and initiatives focusing on student mental health and the de-stigmatization of mental health issues;
  • Creating content for the student mental health social media platforms (e.g. being a guest blogger on the UVic Student Mental Health blog);
  • Collaborating with other student leaders on campus to create  a cohesive, integrated mental health focus in student programming (including helping with training and support for other student leaders);
  • Representing the Student Mental Health Strategy at campus events (including tabling and handing out promotional materials); and
  • Supporting events sponsored by the Student Life Activity Grant

UVic Consent Advocates and Relationship Educators Stream

The Consent Advocates and Relationship Educators (CARE) program will provide you with an opportunity to take leadership on raising awareness about issues of consent and relationships on campus. Student leaders in this program will receive education and training on consent, bystander intervention, fostering healthy relationships, and providing support to survivors of sexualized violence.  This program will offer opportunities to take leadership and plan education and awareness events focused on these themes, during Sexualized Violence Awareness Week and throughout the academic year. This may include identifying and hosting relevant speakers, organizing student-led events, facilitating an experiential activity or creating safe spaces on campus for survivors. 

Consent Advocates and Relationship Educators will choose what they wish to be involved in from a diverse list of initiatives and opportunities, including:

  • Facilitating workshops, seminars, and panel discussions on topics related to consent and healthy relationships;
  • Supporting the delivery and promotion of the Bystander Intervention Training program on campus;
  • Organizing campus events focusing on consent and healthy relationships (e.g. in relation to Sexualized Violence Awareness Week and throughout the year to create ongoing awareness on these issues);
  • Creating student-friendly resources for media platforms (e.g. social media and web resources, blog posts, posters, videos, etc.);
  • Collaborating with other student leaders and paraprofessionals on campus to create a cohesive, integrated student programming on consent and healthy relationships (e.g. UVSS Let’s Get Consensual Campaign, Sexualized Violence Awareness Week, etc.);
  • Promote issues of consent and healthy relationship at campus events (including tabling and handing out promotional materials);
  • Acting as advisors for the university to help ensure that the Sexualized Violence Awareness initiatives are delivered in a way that is engaging and student friendly; and
  • Receiving training in providing support to students who have experienced sexualized violence.
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