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Student Involvement

Student Involvement

A partner in your success

Western's Student Success Centre
successcentre@uwo.ca / 519.661.3559

The Student Success Centre is here to help you discover and realize your full potential. Located in the University Community Centre, we offer a number of services and programs designed to encourage personal growth, deliver career resources, promote leadership, guide successful transitions, and ignite active engagement.

Leadership and Mentorship Program (LAMP)

LAMP helps students adjust to their first year at Western by pairing them with an upper-year student mentor in a similar program or faculty. The First-Year Resource Centre, faculty meet-and-greets, study sessions, career exploration, and social events are just some LAMP activities that help smooth the transition to university life. After first-year, students can apply to become a peer mentor, team leader or leadership chair within the program.

Leadership Education Program (LEP)

LEP provides Western undergrads with the tools to become truly effective leaders. Delivered as a series of modules, topics include career management, communication, conflict management and diversity. Students may work towards a Letter of Accomplishment in Individual Leadership, Group Leadership, or Community Leadership from Western’s President, Dr. Amit Chakma.

Society of Off-Campus Students (SOCS)

SOCS helps first-year students living off-campus stay connected to university life through Orientation Week programming, mentorship, social events, and ongoing contact and support.

Community Service Learning (CSL)

CSL is a form of experiential education that connects the classroom with the community. By linking up with community-based projects, students are able to apply their learning in real life situations, form meaningful local and international connections, develop critical thinking skills, and build their resume through hands-on experience.

Alternative Spring Break (ASB)

ASB offers students the opportunity to have an unforgettable spring break by participating in week-long service projects in communities across the globe. Past service projects have included: Habitat for Humanity builds in New Orleans, teaching English in the Dominican Republic, offering rural medical clinics in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, and building an elementary school library in Peru. Travelling with Western faculty and staff team leaders, students develop intercultural competencies, contribute to community development, and experience personal growth through community service learning.

Volunteers in Progress (VIP)

Created by Western students in 1983, VIP complements students' academic life by providing an opportunity to develop skills and gain career related work experience. More than 100 students participate each year volunteering as English Conversation Leaders, Learning Skills Assistants, Marketing and Promotion Assistants, Information and Office Assistants, Student Coordinators, and more.

Student Government

The University Students' Council is the most comprehensive student government in Canada. Its goal is to facilitate social programming, provide political advocacy, and operate services that are assets to a student's daily needs. Each faculty and residence also has its own student government.

Got a passion? There's a club for that!

University Students' Council Clubs and Associations

You've probably been told that the best way to get the most out of your university experience is to get involved. It's good advice - and with nearly 200 student clubs Western makes it easy!

From Amnesty International and Free the Children, to Hip Hop and Yoga, if you've got a passion, we've got a club. The easiest way to find the right fit is during the annual Club Week showcase, held each year in September.


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