Student leadersThe AIM Symposium, Oct. 26 at the University of Windsor, will give students the skills they need to excel in leadership positions on campus.

Leadership skills target of student symposium

A symposium Oct. 26 at the University of Windsor is aimed at educating students with the knowledge and skills they need to excel in leadership positions on campus.

“Students take up roles on university and departmental committees such as faculty and departmental councils and Renewal, Promotion, and Tenure committees,” says Simon du Toit, program co-ordinator for leadership development in the student success centre.

“Because this training will directly benefit the departments in which the students will serve on committees, we are asking that they sponsor the students who will attend.”

AIM Symposium attendees will receive training in: professionalism, employment equity, maintaining confidentiality, rules of order, conflict resolution, communication, and more.

Lionel Walsh, interim director of the School of Dramatic Art, says these skills will help students fulfill their roles as participants in the future of the institution.

“I feel it is important for students involved in University Governance to know their rights, duties, and responsibilities on the various committees on which they serve,” he says. “I have found that they often feel they do not have permission to voice their opinions or feel they must follow their professors’ leads in decision-making.”

Departments wishing to send may their student leaders to the symposium may submit their names to until Oct. 11. Starting on Oct. 14, students will be able to register themselves; participation will be capped at 160 students. Registration costs $35.