Student Advancement in Leadership (SAIL)

Leadership Program

The Student Advancement In Leadership (SAIL) program is a non-academic opportunity focused on engaging students to be active participants in their own leadership development.

By working with professionals, students participating in SAIL develop skills in areas such as career exploration, personal growth, communication, and leadership development.

You're required to identify and engage in volunteer opportunities, attend professional development seminars, participate in international and cultural events, and learn the process of program development.

Program Overview

Students are required to:

  • complete 13 weekly modules over the the fall and winter terms, virtual options are available with a valid reason
  • complete 15 volunteer hours approved by the Program Coordinator
  • involvement in AgriLeadership Conference
  • complete all assessments and reflections, including weekly Kahoot! quizzes

Module topics will include teambuilding, being an effective group member, project & time management, presentations & public speaking, proposal writing, equity, diversity and inclusion as well as intersectionality, intercultural competence, resume/cover letter writing, interviews and job preparation, negotiation and networking.

Time commitment

Within an academic year, SAIL participants are required to attend regular weekly meetings,  complete 15 hours of volunteer activities, and participate in the annual SAIL Awards Banquet and/or participate in the AgriLeadership Conference. Certificate candidates must complete each module, and demonstrate that they have built on their existing leadership skills though reflection.

Recognition and opportunities from participating

Through the planning and implementation of unique learning activities, you will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of professional skills. You will receive:

  • a Student Leadership Notification of Completion
  • recognition of SAIL on Co-Curricular Record (CCR)
  • leadership training and professional development
  • opportunities to network with professionals through conferences and sessions
  • the opportunity to put skills learned into action at the AgriLeadership Conference and your volunteer placement
  • recognition at the SAIL Award Banquet in March

Annual SAIL Award Banquet

A banquet will be held each year in March. Participants will be asked to assist in planning and hosting the event. Those who complete the program will receive their Notification of Completion.

The banquet also celebrates those in the campus community who are recognized for their leadership roles theough award presentations. 

Volunteer opportunities

A list of volunteer activities for students will be available in Brightspace, and students are also encouraged to find their own opportunities. You should contact the organization or department you wish to work with as early in the semester as possible. This will ensure that you will have the proper documentation and/or training needed to continue in the position.

If the opportunities involve working with children or animals, you may be required to provide a criminal record check or attend an animal handling session.


What are the advantages of being in the program?

This program is designed specifically for students wanting to be more intentional about building leadership skills, enhancing their personal and development skills, and exploring their career interests and competencies. This program will work on your communication skills, career develeopment, leadership and personal development. There is opportunity to parallel this program with your current involvement on and off campus.

How many hours a week do I need to commit to the program?

You are required to complete specific tasks to finish the program. Sessions will be offered each week. The majority of the sessions are an hour in length and take place in the evenings (6–7pm). Sessions are offered Wednesday. Opportunities to support additional Student Success programming will be available. 

Is there a cost for the program?

There is NO cost for you to participate in this program. It is FREE!

How are the meetings/events communicated to the group?

The meetings, sessions, and events will be communicated through Brightspace, social media, and reminders at weekly meetings.