- Signs on a Victoria College door display tolerance and leadership.
- Students at an orientation event, one of many leadership involvement opportunities.
Where leaders are cultivated from the day they arrive.
Being a leader means demonstrating exemplary values, having the ability to engage people and knowing how to affect positive and sustainable change. University of Toronto students embody leadership in their academic, extracurricular, professional and community lives.
Beyond U of T’s standards for academic exploration and excellence, students are also encouraged to take part in extra- and co-curricular activities to gain experience and become outstanding members of their community. U of T students answer the growing need for community leadership in governance, mentoring and outreach across every faculty, college and campus. Some become editors of campus and college newspapers, while others serve on student unions and assist in coordinating events like Orientation, Winterfest and eXpression Against Oppression. Some students apply to do research for our Sustainability Office or volunteer at the Centre for Community Partnerships or for LGBTOUT.
The leadership development programs on each campus focus on personal leadership, group leadership, organizational leadership and civic leadership. Structured programs like the Exploring Leadership Workshop Series and the Perspectives on Leadership Speaker Series are designed to teach students how to think about leadership. Certificate programs such as the U of T Scarborough First-Year Leadership Certificate are designed help students thrive in first-year studies and in every aspect of their life. The U of T Mississauga leadership office offers workshops, retreats, conferences, service projects and other special events. The Engineering Leaders of Tomorrow program at U of T St. George provides opportunities for its students to develop successful problem solving strategies and become responsible leaders.
The University of Toronto’s approach to student life contributes to the long tradition of graduating civic and organizational leaders.
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