ULead: Non-profit, Leadership and Governance Program


Want to take an active role in your community? Interested in meeting people and being part of a community? Have you considered getting involved in URSU leadership but don’t know where to start? Want to try something new? Want to have a positive impact on your community this semester? Want to receive a micro-scholarship for your learning efforts?

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ULead is a continual learning and development program for board members and interested URSU members to empower members and build community. This program offers a unique and engaging format to develop an introductory understanding of non-profits, leadership and governance. ULead builds on URSU’s values of caring, constant improvement, community, stewardship and fun. Anti-oppression, anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion are important cornerstones of the program. Winter 2022 semester is the soft-launch of the program with limited spots available. 


URSU members will be empowered through theoretical and experiential learning alongside fellow members. There is a need for leadership development and identification to empower members to be active in our community. 


Development sessions are hosted alternating Tuesday evenings and will consist of guest speakers and conversations about non-profits, leadership and governance. There are two core sessions, Inclusive Workplace and ULead:101 and multiple elective sessions where URSU will bring in leaders from the local community to talk about governance, leadership and non-profits. Elective sessions are decided by participants during registration, but could address Robert’s Rules of Order, financial literacy, public relations or more.

Following each speaker, there is casual networking and discussions. Participants will submit a short summary of key takeaways after each session. 


Engagement exercises include attending board meetings, volunteering and board committee experience. These activities provide hands-on experiences to apply theoretical knowledge, and will create meaningful experiences to inform learning. After completion of engagement exercises, participants will submit a record of attendance. The Executive Committee can help you connect with opportunities to fufill these requirements. Accommodations for the engagement exercises will be considered by the Executive Committee and can be sent to exec@ursu.ca. 


Upon completion of the program, members will receive a $75 dollar micro-scholarship. 


The development sessions will be held at 5:30pm on the following dates: 

  • March 8th, 2022
  • March 10th, 2022
  • March 17th, 2022
  • March 22nd, 2022
  • March 24th, 2022
  • April 5th, 2022


At the Completion of the ULead program participants will have: 

  • Experiential and theoretical knowledge of non-profits, governance and leadership. 
  • An understanding of the role of a board. 
  • An understanding of the importance of community engagement.
  • Foundational knowledge of working equitably and effectively in diverse groups.
  • A network of community minded students.
  • $75

Certificate Criteria for Board Members:

Certificate Criteria for Student Members:


 Development Session

  • Attend Inclusive Workplace and ULead:101 Development session
  • Attend at least 2 of the elective Development sessions 

Engagement Exercises

  • Have no unexplained absences from board meetings
  • Engage during each board meeting
  • Volunteer within the University community 5 hours
  • Attend one non-ursu board meeting (ie: RPIRG,URPride)
  • Be on an URSU committee

*accommodations will be made upon request by the discretion of the Executive Committee.




Development Sessions

  • Attend Inclusive Workplace and ULead:101 Development session
  • Attend at least 2 of the elective Development sessions

Engagement Exercises

  • Attend at least 2 URSU board meetings
  • Attend one non-ursu board meeting (ie: RPIRG, URPride)
  • Volunteer within the University community 5 hours
  • Select at least one of the following: 
    • present a student issue to the URSU board, 
    • shadow an executive for half a day, 
    • write an article for the Carillon, 
    • participate in a Moot Board meeting.

*accommodations will be made upon request by the discretion of the Executive Committee.




Please contact pres@ursu.ca with any questions!

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