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Leadership Development

At Campus Life & Engagement, we see "leadership" as the ability to effect positive change with a group of mutual purpose-driven collaborators. That's why we want to make sure that any student at McGill can be involved in leadership and develop necessary and relevant skills, knowledge, and abilities. 

After all, leadership education essentially provides a platform for addressing critical challenges that face local and global communities.  Investing some of your time as students to learning more about leadership and building your leadership capacity now during your studies at McGill will help bridge the gap between our aspirations for better societies and real change that is more congruent with people's lived experiences.


Emerging Leaders program

The Emerging Leaders Program is a suite of workshops that help students develop their leadership. These workshops are usually 55-minutes long (in-person) or 90 minutes (virtually) and cover a variety of topics. Our workshops are student-facilitated by members of
the ACCE Team, a group of McGill student volunteers that help their peers develop their leadership and get involved on campus or in the community

The Emerging Leaders Workshops for Graduate and Post-Doctoral Students provide a fantastic opportunity to discuss leadership topics and actively co-create knowledge in this area by engaging in various activities like games, role-plays etc. Topics include "Exploring Leadership", "Conflict Management" and "Communication"

Facilitation at events and retreats

The staff at CL&E is available to guide and facilitate discussion at any number of your group's events, including retreats, conferences, workshops, and meetings. Email joan.butterworth [at] for more information.

Leading Effective Discussions facilitation skills workshop for graduate students & post-docs

Facilitation allows everyone to express themselves, keeps discussions moving and maintains a safe, respectful group environment. It also gives a practical insight into the hidden curriculum of class or group dynamics. Don’t miss this opportunity to develop important and relevant skills through "Leading Effective Discussions," a practical and highly participatory set of facilitation skills workshops - Essentials (Part 1) and Advanced (Part 2).

Student Leaders at McGill

The Student Leaders at McGill website compiles relevant information for students in leadership positions (e.g., executives on associations). We hope this website will allow you to learn how to be successful in your position and inspire you to bring great things to McGill and other communities.

New! Our newest training for student leaders is LEVEL UP: The Changemaker's Guide to Teamwork & Leadership is now available in July! This interactive series are designed to act as catalysts for your leadership journey this coming year, giving you greater access to being change agents as team members and as inclusive leaders! Please consider sending at least two members of your teams to our LEVEL UP series over the summer of 2021 

Dates: Tuesday, August 17 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. EDT or Thursday, September 9 from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. EDT for an introductory meeting/session on Zoom.  

Our schedule for the LEVEL UP: The Change Maker’s Guide to Teamwork and Leadership



PART 1 – Wednesday, August 18 (5 to 7 p.m. EDT)

PART 2 – Wednesday, August 25 (5 to 7 p.m. EDT)

PART 1 – Saturday, September 11 (10 a.m. to 12 noon EDT)

PART 2 – Saturday, September 18 (10 a,m. to 12 noon EDT)


Being a student in a leadership position gives you a great opportunity to integrate and expand your leadership capacities as well as try to ensure intentionality in terms of inclusivity and diversity. For registration please visit the myInvolvement website.

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