L.E.A.D Training

Leadership Excellence And Development (L.E.A.D Training)

Campus Life is excited to roll out our streamlined student leadership training program for 2023-2024.

Throughout this training package, you will learn about what training steps you have to complete and the information about training.

The goals of the LEAD Training Program are to ensure that:

  • Students feel equipped to take on the responsibilities of their roles
  • Students feel aware of resources on and off campus
  • Students develop soft skills to grow as leaders in the community, that are transferrable for their future work beyond their time at the University
  • Students feel connected to the values of the community and are able to integrate these values with their own personal values, and the work they do in their roles

Based on your role and responsibilities you have been slotted into training groups. You are responsible for completing all the trainings up to and inclusive of your “step.” While the trainings are in steps, you are not required to complete them in any order. We invite you to register and attend the trainings that are convenient for you and your schedule.

Training Pathway

The trainings are offered to all student leaders in roles that are overseen by the Campus Life department at SMC. This means you will be training and meeting other student leaders throughout your training pathway!

You are required to complete all of the steps leading up to and including your assigned step. Find your role in the chart below to know what step you have been assigned.

Step 1All student leaders must complete this step – it is also open to all UofT students
Step 2– Mentor-Leaders
– Orientation Leaders
– Wellness Studio Facilitators
– Yearbook Staff
– The Mike Executives
Step 3– Orientation Marshals
– Senior Mentors
– Campus Life Work Study
– Club Executives
– The Mike Editor-In-Cheif
Step 4– Orientation Coordinators
– Mentorship Coordinators
– Commuter Coordinators
– SMCSU Councillors

If you do not see your role listed above,
please email your staff supervisor, or smc.studentlife@utoronto.ca for clarification.

Step 1: Training for All

A. SafeTALK (In Person Synchronous)

SafeTALK (Suicide Alertness for Everyone) training is a 3.5-hour workshop offered in-person only, which aids students in developing skills in talking about suicide and making referrals to support those who may be experiencing thoughts of suicide.

Upcoming SafeTALK Training Dates:

  • June 3, 1-5 pm – SESSION FULL
  • June 6, 5-9 pm
  • June 7, 5-9 pm
  • August 19, 1-5 pm
  • August 29, 5-9 pm
  • September 1, 1-5 pm
  • September 25, 4-8pm

Step 2: Lead by Example

A. How to be a Leader Among Peers (Hybrid, Synchronous)

This 3-hour hybrid-synchronous training session will focus on skills for conflict resolution, boundaries, communication, problem-solving and more!

Upcoming How to be a Leader Among Peer Dates:

  • June 6, 1-4pm
  • August 19, 9am-12pm
  • August 29, 1-4pm
  • September 28, 4-8pm

B. JOLT Training (Virtual, Asynchronous & Synchronous)

JOLT stands for Joint Orientation Leader Training, and while it is developed with Orientation Leaders in mind, all our Step 2 Leaders will be required to complete this very relevant training. The training is comprised of both asynchronous and synchronous components, which will cover themes such as;

  1. Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility
  2. Consent
  3. Identify, Assist & Refer

The Asynchronous modules for JOLT will be available starting July 5th, and you will receive an email invitation to the JOLT Quercus Course to your UofT email on that date.

Following the completion of the asynchronous material, you will be able to register for one of the synchronous JOLT sessions below:

  • Tuesday August 1, 5:00-7:00 pm
  • Thursday, August 3, 2:00-4:00 pm
  • Tuesday August 15, 2:00-4:00 pm
  • Saturday August 19, 10:00am-12:00 pm
  • Saturday August 19, 1:00-3:00 pm
  • Tuesday August 24, 2:00-4:00pm

Step 3: Build Your Vision

A. Project Management (Hybrid, Synchronous)

This 3-hour hybrid-synchronous training session will focus on skills for event planning, finances and budgeting, and risk management.

Upcoming Project Management Training Dates:

  • June 3, 9 am-12 pm – SESSION FULL
  • June 7, 1-4 pm
  • September 28, 4-8pm

B. Technology 101 (Asynchronous)

This virtual module will help you develop familiarity with tools helpful for your leadership including Social Media platforms, Outlook, Canva, Jotform, and Sharepoint.

This asynchronous training will be added to the website by June 2023

C. Leadership Starter-Pack (Asynchronous)

This virtual module will help you develop skills to deepen your leadership including goal setting, leading a meeting, time management, and communication.

This asynchronous training will be added to the website by June 2023

Step 4: Big Picture

A. Leadership Retreat Weekend

The Leadership Retreat Weekend is an overnight retreat held at Lake St. George Field Centre in Richmond Hill. This two-day retreat will offer participants a chance to grow in the community, reflect on valued based leadership, and develop skills essential for collaboration and cooperation in their roles.

Upcoming Date:

  • May 5-7 2024 (more details to be communicated by your staff advisor)

B. Peer Management Skills (Hybrid, Synchronous)

This 3-hour hybrid-synchronous training session will focus on skills for leading student staff and peers and aiding in the leadership development of your teams.

Upcoming Date:

  • September 22, 4-8pm

Additional Leadership Resources

If you are planning an event, check out the Campus Life Event Planning Guide to help you on your way!

Click the images below to be taken to the resource!

All these resources can be accessed in our up-to-date Student Resources Sharepoint as well!