The Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership (CSEL) at Niagara College launched in September 2012 to connect with students, student programming areas, academic and service areas across the College to develop, foster and engage Niagara College Students in a broad range of Campus Life activities including co-curricular experiences, student engagement events and student leadership initiatives both on and off campus.
The flag ship program for the Centre is the Get Involved Co-Curricular Record program. The Get Involved Portal, found at getinvolved.niagaracollege.ca, provides students with information about campus activities, organizations and events. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities and track their involvement on their Official Niagara College Co-Curricular Record.
Along with engaging a diverse student population in a broad spectrum of opportunities, CSEL fosters and nurtures leadership potential in Niagara College students.
Piloted in 2013, the Leadership Exploration and Development Program (LEAD) welcomed over 50 students from 20+ Academic Programs. In 2014 LEAD was proud to welcome over 100 students from 47 program areas.
The Peer Mentor Program piloted in 2012 with the foundational Peer Mentor matching program, and has grown since then to include the e-mentoring program, available for all incoming Niagara College Students, the program based mentoring program (for participating academic programs) and the Graduate and Alumni Peer Mentoring (GAP) program for our final year students.
In 2014, CSEL piloted the KickSTART pre-Orientation program which is an optional program that allows students to come on campus prior to beginning their studies and complete various tasks to avoid lineups on Orientation Day. Students will have the opportunity to pick up their student ID card, learn about services, take a tour, sign up for blackboard, meet students in their programs as well as enjoy a delicious lunch.
Each year, over 100 senior students are recruited and trained as Orientation Leaders and volunteer for a variety of events throughout Orientation week.
To this date, over 37,352 volunteer hours have been tracked on Niagara College Students’ Co-Curricular Records.